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Viet Nam-Finland Collaboration Enhancing TVET Development
11:8' 3/28/2024

In a significant development on April 25th, 2023, Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) engaged in a constructive discussion with Ms. Marjiaana Sall, the Education Ambassador from Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, exploring avenues for further cooperation in vocational education and training (TVET) between the two nations. The meeting, held at MOLISA headquarters, saw the participation of key representatives from the Department of International Cooperation and the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET).

Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung, underscoring the longstanding and fruitful relationship between Viet Nam and Finland, highlighted the robust ties that have flourished over the years, particularly in the realm of TVET.

                                                            View of the reception                                                                 

"With Viet Nam's working-age population standing at approximately 52.1 million as of the fourth quarter of 2022, the Vietnamese government has prioritized the development of TVET as a cornerstone for nurturing high-caliber human resources," Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung remarked, emphasizing the substantial strides made in both the quantity and quality of TVET institutions nationwide, with an annual enrollment exceeding 2 million individuals.

In furtherance of this commitment, Viet Nam recently endorsed a TVET Development Strategy spanning 2021 to 2030, with a forward-looking vision extending to 2045. The overarching objective is to expedite the growth of vocational education to meet the evolving demands of the labor market, populace, and the increasingly sophisticated requisites in the quantity, composition, and caliber of skilled labor essential for national advancement.

                            Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung highly appreciated the good relationship between Viet Nam and Finland
Expressing her delight at being in Viet Nam on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations, Ms. Marjiaana Sall, Finland's Education Ambassador, articulated her aspiration for enhanced collaboration in the TVET domain during her visit. Drawing attention to Finland's global preeminence in TVET, she underscored the country's practice of tailoring training programs to align closely with societal and industrial imperatives, complemented by seamless coordination between TVET institutions and employers. Noteworthy is Finland's emphasis on equipping educators not only with professional expertise but also with pedagogical skills.

                                                        Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Education Ambassador Marjiaana Sall

During the dialogue, Deputy Minister Le Tan Dung proposed continued sharing of Finland's invaluable experiences in establishing and nurturing training institutions, ensuring training quality in terms of programs, curricula, and infrastructure. To this end, he designated the Department of International Cooperation and the General Department of Vocational Education as primary points of contact for ongoing collaboration with Finland in advancing Viet Nam's TVET landscape.

                          Delegates take souvenir photos at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs

In conclusion, both sides concurred on the agenda for discussions at the Viet Nam-Finland Vocational Education Forum held later that day, covering topics such as reshaping societal attitudes towards TVET, fostering partnerships between TVET institutions and business entities, digitalizing TVET, and fostering entrepreneurial skills within the sector.

Source: molisa.gov.vn


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