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Forum urges universities to develop green growth models

Update: November, 13/2014 - 15:34
The Ha Noi-based Viet Nam National University and East Asian universities took part in a forum on the role of universities in achieving green growth. — Photo giaoducthoidai.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi-based Viet Nam National University organised a forum on the role of universities in achieving green growth on Wednesday.

The presidents of the group of East Asian universities (BESETOHA) attended the event. BESETOHA comprises China's Peking University, the Republic of Korea's Seoul National University and Japan's University of Tokyo, as well as Viet Nam National University (HANU).

Addressing the 16th forum, HANU President Phung Xuan Nha highlighted the role of universities in helping to change growth models by training human resources, conducting research and applying scientific advancements to support the government's policy-making process, besides organising academic activities to connect the government and the public.

He asked all four universities to jointly develop in-depth research projects and post-graduate courses on green growth and sustainable development, and to consider establishing a green growth forum and an expert exchange programme in this field.

President of Seoul National University Nak-in Sung suggested that the universities should regularly share their curricula and research findings. Peking University Vice President Li Yansong added that they should adjust their curricula and education methods, and collaborate closely to uphold the strengths of each institution.

Prof Furuta Motoo from the University of Tokyo said that green growth and sustainable development can be attained only if knowledge is combined in both the natural and social sciences, which requires universities to clarify and strengthen their roles.

The forum also included symposiums on developing curricula on green growth, research co-operation on green technology and building green growth models. — VNS

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