|The Ministry of Education and Training is piloting medical research at universities in Ha Noi and HCM City. — Photo ykhoaviet
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam has been urged to boost the quality of medical research at Vietnamese universities to improve public healthcare and catch up with advances in the region.
At present, a few medical students are sent abroad to study and conduct research, head of the Ministry of Health's Science, Technology and Training Department Nguyen Cong Khan, said at an annual meeting held yesterday by the Viet Nam Public Health Association.
He said that improving the quality of education for medical students in local medical universities was imperative.
The Ministry of Education and Training is piloting medical research at universities in Ha Noi and HCM City.
The Public Health Association has been asked to consider setting up an independent centre to verify the quality of the research, he said.
Doctor Nguyen Duy Phong, from HCM City Medicine and Pharmacy University, said that the university planned to become a research university where students could also create knowledge instead of applying it.
However, he admitted that the university was confused about how to turn the university into a research establishment in lined with global trends.
Viet Nam now has 15 medical and pharmacy universities.
The annual meeting drew more than 100 medical officials and experts from throughout Viet Nam. — VNS