“The Vietnamese Green Growth Strategy (VGGS) emphasises that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) plays a significant role in sustainable and green development by training a skilled labour force for a green economy”, Dr Pham Nang Khanh, Deputy Director, Directorate of Vocational Education Training (DVET) pointed out at one of the training workshops “Multiplier Training Workshop on Implementation of Greening TVET Institutes”. Two workshops took place from 5 to 6 July in Hanoi and on 11 July 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City. Nearly 100 representatives from DVET, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA), the business sector, and TVET institutes from across the country participated. Through intensive training, group work and discussion sessions, many recommendations and lessons learnt were derived. As a result, the participants developed realistic measures to transform their respective TVET institutes into greener learning and training environments.
Looking back at memories and achievements – Partners and friends of the outgoing Director of the Programme Reform of TVET in Vietnam reflect on his unforgettable time with the Programme
Hanoi, March 19, 2018 - In a cozy dinner atmosphere, Dr Horst Sommer, the outgoing Director of the Programme Reform of TVET in Vietnam reflected on his time with the TVET programme and expressed his gratitude to all the partners and staff for taking side with him to improve the quality of TVET in Vietnam during the last 12 years.
The farewell dinner was not only to honor Dr. Sommer’s dedication but also a chance to celebrate fruitful partnerships and sincere friendships between Vietnam and Germany. Attending the event were Mr Nguyen Ngoc Phi, the former Vice Minister of MoLISA, Mr Tran Phi Tuoc, the former Director of the International Cooperation Department of MoLISA, Mr Cao Dai Quang, the former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Construction, all three former Directors General of GDVT (now DVET) and representatives of ICD/MoLISA, partners from TVET institutes, as well as other distinguished guests.
“As a German idiom says - Everything will end, but friendship stays”, Dr Truong Anh Dung, the Deputy General Director of DVET shared, “Though Bac Horst is retiring from his office work, he remains our very good friend and we thank him for his endless support during the last years.”
Having led the programme since 2006, Dr Horst Sommer has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience from Germany to improve the quality of TVET in Vietnam. In 2015, he was awarded with the highest award of MoLISA, the medal for the Cause of Labor and Social Affairs of Viet Nam, for his invaluable contributions to the TVET system in Vietnam, particularly the development and advancement of TVET teaching and management staff. After returning to Germany, Dr Sommer will still continue his support to the Vietnamese TVET system as member of the editors’ board of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training.