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Việt Nam seeks stronger education ties with the US: PM

Update: January, 11/2017 - 10:38
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (R) receives Professor Thomas Vallely of Harvard University in Hà Nội yesterday. — Photo

HÀ NỘI – Viet Nam is keen on strengthening co-operation in the education sector with the United States, including the building of the Fulbright University Việt Nam (FUV), Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said yesterday.

Receiving Professor Thomas Vallely of Harvard University in Hà Nội, the PM also said the nation looked forward to having FUV emerge as model institution that would facilitate the creation of jobs and start-ups.

According to Phúc, Việt Nam needs to continuously boost educational co-operation with the US, a world leader in advanced education, as the country mobilises all of its efforts to achieve three crucial breakthroughs in development targets: rapid and sustainable development alongside the development of high quality human resources.

The two sides have worked together to set out all legal procedures for the FUV project.

"Việt Nam backs the university’s independent and non-profit higher education model in line with international practices," he added.

Prof. Vallely said the US Government would provide funds for building the FUV. The US side was focusing on establishing an appropriate management mechanism for the university to make it a leading educational institution in the region and the world, he added

FUV training programmes would mainly concentrate on startup development and global economic linkages, including connections with Silicon Valley, Vietnamese entrepreneurs and scientists in the US, Valley said.

Vallely said American public opinion welcomed the recent phone call between PM Phuc and US President-elect Donald Trump as a step towards strengthening bilateral relations. -- VNS


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