HCM CITY(VNS)— Young people should strive to improve themselves and their educational qualifications, an expert told the Viet Nam Young Leader Forum 2012 on Thursday.
Gian Tu Trung, head of the Institute for Research in Educational Development, said, "few young people in the country are intelligent, gifted, and aspire to success, with many living without an objective."
"Many are selfish and only worry about their own benefits," he said.
Economist Huynh Buu Son concurred with him, saying most youths wanted to become rich but not be patient, and had a tendency to avoid challenges.
"They are happy with getting mere degrees rather than enhancing their skills and knowledge," he said.
"It is time for young people to understand and address these weakness," he added.
Trung said unlike young people in some other countries he had taught, few Vietnamese youths thought about ways to develop their country.
They have yet to apply their mind to how to change and make the country better, he said.
"They are not enterprising and are satisfied with what they have," he said, pointing out that it's the reason why the country was developing slowly.
They should change and look for ways to improve their skills, and one way was to learn but by knowing the right learning methods, he said.
Learning was not just for getting a degree and a job, but to perfect themselves, he said.
They should use what they learn to contribute to the country's development, he said.
Another economist, Bui Van of TV station Financial Business News Channel, said young people's education would have an influence on the country's position in the world.
Viet Nam's higher education quality was low, leading to its fall to the 75th position in global competitiveness this year from the 59th in 2010-11, he added.
Le Ngoc Duy Thang, a youth representative at the forum, said the existing education system prevented people from developing themselves.
The Government should reform the system to make learning interesting for students, he said.
But Trung said students themselves should take the initiative to be interested in learning instead of waiting for the system to be reformed.
They should change themselves to fit the system, and learn what they like and want, he said.
Viet Nam needed talent for its development and improving of its global ranking, and young people should be aware of the need to contribute to the country's development he said.
The forum, organised by the Institute of Potential Leaders programme and Viet Nam Young Entrepreneurs Association, attracted more than 700 delegates from various fields. — VNS