Vietnamese Minister Meets Japan Advisor to Discuss Educational Cooperation

Nguyen Kim Son, Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training had a working session with Takebe Tsutomu, special advisor of the Japanese-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance, on March 10.

Nguyen Kim Son, Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training had a working session with Takebe Tsutomu, special advisor of the Japanese-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance on March 10.

The meeting was also attended by Yamada Taikio, Ambassador of Japan to Vietnam, representatives from Vietnam Japan University, and the embassy.

Minister Nguyen Kim Son thanked advisor Takebe Tsutomu for his interest in supporting Vietnam, especially in education and training. Takebe Tsutomu has been contributed to developing the Vietnam-Japan University since its establishment.

Minister Son thanked the Japanese government for approving the budget for the JDS - Project for Resource Development Scholarship from 2021 to 2025.

Vietnamese Minister Meets Japan Advisor to Discuss Educational Cooperation
Nguyen Kim Son, Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training.

The two discussed activities of the Vietnam-Japan University. Minister Son said he hoped ambassador Takebe Tsutomu would assist to direct the university's development, which should be based on its original purposes.

A new Japanese deputy rector should be soon appointed, according to Son.

Nguyen Kim Son, who was the head of the Vietnam-Japan University Council, said he would still pay attention to the university's activities as the Minister of Education and Training because the university contributed to the general development of Vietnam's undergraduate education and Vietnam-Japan relations.

Vietnamese Minister Meets Japan Advisor to Discuss Educational Cooperation
Takebe Tsutomu, special advisor of the Japanese-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance.

Advisor Takebe Tsutomu hoped the university would be Asia's leading training and research institution and open the door to not only Vietnamese but also students from abroad.

He informed the Vietnamese minister that Japan had established an agency to assist Vietnam-Japan University's projects. Appointed as the agency's leader, Takebe Tsutomu expects the agency will be a focal point to host regular exchange between Vietnam and Japan regarding the university's development.

Vietnamese Minister Meets Japan Advisor to Discuss Educational Cooperation
Nguyen Kim Son presents souvenirs to Takebe Tsutomu.

The two also discussed other issues related to education. Minister Nguyen Kim Son said he looked forward to Takebe Tsutomu's support to strengthen the connection between the Vietnamese and Japanese university systems, sending Vietnamese students to top Japanese universities under Project 89.

The Minister also expects Japan to support Vietnam in teaching Japanese at high schools, hiring teachers and compiling Japanese textbooks for Vietnamese high school students. Vietnam hopes to learn more about Japan's educational model for high schools to aid comprehensive human development.

The Vietnam-Japan University is the seventh university under the Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU), with legal status, separate seal, and accounts. It was established in 2014.

The Vietnam-Japan University Council consists of 20 members, of which 10 members are Vietnamese representatives and 10 members are Japanese representatives. All Council members are appointed by the President of VNU.

By 2035, Vietnam-Japan University is aiming to become one of the leading Asian research universities in the field of advanced technology and interdisciplinary sciences serving sustainable development.

The university has eight master’s programs: Public Policy, Nanotechnology, Area Studies, Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Business Administration, Climate Change and Development and Global Leadership. It is also planning to open undergraduate programs which embody liberal arts, education and philosophy.

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