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VN, Denmark to boost education co-operation

Update: March, 05/2015 - 09:51

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Ministry of Education and Training and its Danish counterpart hosted a seminar yesterday on co-operation between educational institutions.

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga said while Viet Nam was no longer considered a low-income country, training workers would need to remain a key objective if it wanted to break away from the middle-income trap.

Ga welcomed more partnership on education between the two countries. He said the timing was excellent, as Viet Nam was pushing for reforms to improve its quality of education. High-quality education would be necessary for achieving modernisation and global integration.

Danish Minister of Education Christine Antorini, visiting Viet Nam from March 3 to 7, said at the seminar that a number of projects between the two countries were already underway, and the Danish education sector was looking forward to expand the scope of its co-operation with Viet Nam.

"There is a good match between the current challenges and needs here in Viet Nam and Danish strongholds on educational training, upper secondary business colleges, technical colleges and other areas," she said.

Antorini also confirmed her Government's commitment to the partnership and willingness to further enhance co-operation between Viet Nam and Denmark in the field of education. She will attend another seminar on partnership and co-operation between Vietnamese and Danish educational institutions in HCM City before heading to Ha Noi to join a bilateral discussion with her Vietnamese counterpart on Friday.

President Truong Tan Sang and Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt reached an agreement to elevate bilateral ties to a comprehensive partnership during the President's visit to Denmark in September 2013.

The comprehensive partnership aimed to provide a foundation for expanding bilateral co-operation in foreign affairs, trade and investment, environmental sustainability, education and cultural exchange. — VNS

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