Vietnamese – German Cooperation in TVET support Forum on Strategy for Vietnamese TVET until 2020

Vinh Phuc province, November 19th, 2011

The Vietnamese-German Cooperation in TVET has been closely supporting the developmentprocess of a Strategy for Vietnamese TVET for the next ten years. On November 19th, 2011,another high-level effort was supported, that was the Scientific Forum on Renovation andDevelopment of TVET in Viet Nam for period 2011-2020.

The Forum was a remarkable event in the joint efforts supporting the development process ofthe Strategy. It was given special attention and deep engagement of high ranking State andGovernment officials, leading scientists and experts of Viet Nam together with experts andinternational consultants of GIZ and other international organisations such as ILO, AFD, KfW.

Madam Nguyen Thi Binh, former Vice President of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in her guidingcomments emphasized that developing high quality labour force is one of the priorities of thecountry as highlighted in Party Congress XI. Reforming TVET is therefore, not only theresponsibility of GDVT but also the responsibility of other line ministries and civil society. Thescope and objectives in the TVET Strategy have to be clearly defined by GDVT given thedevelopment objectives of the country in this period of time. At the same time, thoroughanalysis and consideration are important for the decision on which solutions would be thebreakthrough. As a suggestion, she mentioned the need to have model or high quality TVETinstitutes as driving engines in the renovation of Viet Nam TVET system. She supports theimplementation procedures of a Strategy presented and recommended by Dr. Horst Sommer,Coordinator of the Priority Area of TVET and stressed the importance of identifying the scopeand scale of each step of an activity.

At the forum, experts made a lot of valuable and constructive contributions and comments likeMdm. Tran Thi Tam Dan, Form Chairperson, Central Commission on Culture, Education Youthand Children of National Assembly, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Quoc Toan, Former Vice Chairman ofGovernment Office, General Secretary of National Council on Education, Prof. Dr. Sc. Vu NgocHai, Former Vice Minister of Education and Training, Prof. Dr. Sc. Do Trung Ta, Former Ministerof Information and Communication, Primer Minister’s Envoy on ICT, Mdm. Nguyen Thi Hang,Former Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Chairperson of Viet Nam Association ofVocational Training, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Huu Chi, Director of Education, Training andVocational Training of Central Commission on Propaganda and Education.

Among different ideas and contributions, participants strongly shared that it is crucial to defineclearly the scope and scale of “fundamental and comprehensive renovation” that the Strategyis aiming for. In particular, “occupational standards” which describe the duties and tasks of aworker at the future workplace have to be respected as a core in the organization of demand-oriented TVET delivery. From there, training programmes, and following required equipmentand learning-teaching materials can be defined. At the end, each TVET graduate should beassessed against the occupational standards with the leading role of enterprises. These wasexplained explicitly in the presentation by Dr. Horst Sommer and confirmed by specialists likeAssoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Quoc Toan, General Secretary of the National Council on Education, andDr. Le Van Hien, Director of LILAMA 2 Vocational College representing training institutes at theForum. Furthermore, participation of enterprises in the delivery process of vocational trainingwas highlighted in many of specialists’ comments like Mdm. Nguyen Thi Hang, and Prof. Dr. Sc.Vu Ngoc Hai, for instance.

The Forum happened as a busy and active day under the guidance of the Forum Committeeconsisting of Dr. Pham Van Linh, Deputy Director of Central Commission on Propaganda andEducation, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Phi, Vice Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Mr. TrinhQuang Phu, Director of Institute of Oriental Studies and Development, Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung,Director General of GDVT and Dr. Horst Sommer, Priority Area Coordinator of TVET. The daywas packed with ideas and contributions to which follow up and analysis will be undertaken asmentioned in Dr. Dung’s conclusion. He also emphasized the viewpoint that the Strategy willemploy selected breakthrough solutions which will be established based on careful situationalanalysis of current socio-economic status and development objective of the country of thenext ten years as well as the comments from experts in this forum. To tackle these profoundissues, thematic workshops will be organized in the near future as follow up of ideas andguidance made at the Forum.

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