President welcomes Japanese delegation

Update: April, 13/2015 - 09:13
President Truong Tan Sang receives Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Seko Hiroshige (left) during his working visit to Viet Nam in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. — VNS Photo Thanh Vu

HCM CITY (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang received Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Seko Hiroshige during his working visit to Viet Nam for the Viet Nam-Japan University project in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.

The State leader hailed the significance of the project, which has received attention from the two Governments and the Japanese-Vietnamese friendship parliamentarians' union.

The university would help Viet Nam gain direct access to Japan's education methods, as well as narrow gaps in scientific and technological standards between the two countries.

As the university prepares to open its first master training programmes in the fall of 2016, the two sides should design specific plans to speed up the implementation of the project, he suggested.

Hiroshige told President Sang that his Government was working to accelerate the project and that part of his visit was dedicated to discussing master training programmes with Viet Nam National University-Ha Noi representatives.

Japan intended to send professors and experts to Viet Nam in support of the project in June, he added.

The Viet Nam-Japan University project has total investment of more than US$300 million; $200 million of which was sourced from Japan's official development assistance and $100 million was provided by Japanese enterprises. The final institute will be a member of the Viet Nam National University-Ha Noi.

The Viet Nam National University-Ha Noi also presented the title of Honourable Doctor to Hiroshige yesterday.

The title was in recognition of his contributions to Viet Nam-Japan co-operation in socio-economic development, cultural exchange, education and training.

He also actively supported the establishment of the Viet Nam-Japan University, which expects to begin enrolling students in 2016.

The VNU-Ha Noi has granted Honourable Doctor certificates to 37 foreign individuals.

One of the two national universities in Viet Nam, VNU-Ha Noi is the country's largest higher education and research centre. Its predecessor was the University of Indochina, which was established in 1906.

Hiroshige also met with Party Secretary of HCM City Le Thanh Hai yesterday. — VNS