|The Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy. — Fille Photo
HCM CITY(VNS) — Co-operation programmes among localities in the Mekong Delta region and universities in and outside the region have helped reduce staff shortages, according to the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region's cultural and social division.
The region's 12 provinces and only central-level city, Can Tho, have identified high school graduates with good learning records and sent them to university for training, according to Vo Trong Huu, the committee's head.
The healthcare field in the region, for example, faces a large shortage of doctors and nurses.
To reduce shortages, the region has worked with Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy and HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy to provide training.
Selected students must make a commitment to return to their locality for work after graduation.
"With these programmes, students feel secure about getting a job after graduating. And the locality has trained human resources," Huu said.
In the upcoming academic year, 324 students will be selected for university study in tuberculosis, mental health, surgery and forensic medicine.
Pham Van Linh, rector of Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy, said the university had trained 3,031 doctors, 1,193 pharmacists and 797 bachelor's degree graduates since 2008.
Linh spoke at a conference held last Saturday to review three years of training in the Southwestern region.
However, the number of trainees each year had met only 50 per cent of demand, he added.
Linh said that the Ministry of Education and Training should allocate training quotas in advance to localities and universities so they can take the initiative to identify promising students.
Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan has said that under the new tertiary education law, universities would be given autonomy to make enrollment decisions.
But they have to ensure fairness in enrollment, and ensure the quality of graduates.
The minister said he would report and petition the Prime Minister to continue the co-operation programmes after 2016.
Luan said that nurses and other health staff should receive more training. — VNS