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Japanese businesses to build links with local universities

Update: March, 16/2021 - 08:43

 

A Japanese introduces nursing skills for Vietnamese students at Skills Lab in Đà Nẵng's Đông Á University. The lab was supported by Aijinkai Healthcare Group from Japan and the University in a co-operation deal in human resource training between Japanese businesses and local university. — Photo courtesy Phương Chi 

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ĐÀ NẴNG — Many Japanese businesses investing in Việt Nam have been seeking co-operation in joint-surveys, research and human resources exchange with local universities as a crucial step to expand in Việt Nam beyond HCM City and Hà Nội.

A survey on potential co-operation between 24 universities of Việt Nam and Japanese businesses in Việt Nam was recently organised by the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).

The survey revealed that 68 per cent of surveyed Japanese businesses in Việt Nam wanted to implement shared research or surveys and human resources exchanges with universities in Việt Nam.

JETRO said 24 per cent of Japanese enterprises said they expect to host Vietnamese students at their factories, while 33 per cent raised concerns about employing Vietnamese university graduates.

Twenty-two per cent of Japanese enterprises wanted more exchanges with areas in Vietnam outside of Ha Noi and HCM City in Việt Nam, according to JETRO.

JETRO said 80 per cent of co-operation and joint-venture projects among Japanese firms and universities and colleges in human resources and research still remained concentration in Hà Nội and HCM City.

Director of JETRO Hà Nội Office Nakajima Takeo said Japanese investors have been seeking new destinations in Việt Nam in recent years, but human resources, research, technological capabilities and science knowledge at local universities are limited.

He said JETRO’s survey aimed to show the true potential in co-operation and shared research and studies among Japanese businesses and local universities.

Students join a vocational training session in automobile engineering at a college in central Việt Nam. Many Japanese businesses have been seeking co-operations with local universities in expanding their investment in Việt Nam. — Photo courtesy Phương Chi

“Although remaining a bit different, training programmes at universities in Việt Nam are quite similar to Japan. However, Vietnamese universities in Hà Nội and HCM City have built up better links with Japanese businesses rather than in other provinces and cities,” Takeo said.

“Some colleges in big cities such as Hà Nội, HCM City and Huế have developed research and infrastructure, but not yet in other places. English is the most popular foreign language at Vietnamese universities, while Japanese and Korean followed,” he said.

He added Japanese businesses and Vietnamese colleges had built links through scholarships, joint-research programmes and employment.

He hoped the co-operation between Japanese enterprises and Vietnamese colleges would promote human resources supplies for the two countries.

Japanese Deputy Ambassador to Việt Nam Asazuma Shinichi said the relationship between Japan and Việt Nam has drastically developed in different fields.

He said last year’s visit to Việt Nam by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed the good bilateral relationship between Japan and Việt Nam.

“The webinar (held on March 5 to report the JETRO survey results) promised to raise concerns in co-operation between the Vietnamese education system and Japanese enterprises. Among positive co-operation ties with localities, businesses and universities, Đông Á College in Đà Nẵng has promoted efforts in meeting the human resource demands at the two countries,” Shinichi said.

He hoped the Japan-Việt Nam relationship would be strongly prompted as 2023 will mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Việt Nam and Japan.

Joint support

Yamamura Tomokazu, head of project development in Việt Nam under the Aijinkai Healthcare Group, said the group developed two nursing training projects in Thailand and Việt Nam, and a skills lab at the Đà Nẵng-based Đông Á University.

“We developed 70 healthcare centres, hospitals and a nursing home for the elderly with total of 2,600 beds. Our group sent experts and trainers to help train Vietnamese at nursing centres and colleges,” Tomokazu said.

“Aijinkai Group and Đông Á have joined hands to boost practical and training for Vietnamese nursing students at the skills lab – which offers Japanese standard nursing conditions for Vietnamese senior students – under the training programmes by Japanese experts to provide skills and knowledge for Vietnamese students before working in Japan,” he said.

He said Vietnamese students will join practical internship courses at hospitals in Japan before returning to work at high-quality hospitals in Việt Nam.

“Vietnamese students who learned experience from senior Japanese nurses at hospitals in Japan will help other Vietnamese nurses in Việt Nam deal with human resource deficiencies in both countries,” he added.

According to JETRO, the co-operation between Đông Á University and Aijinkai Group is a positive and effective example of co-operation between Japanese and Vietnamese partners.

Students are given a practice session at a laboratory of food industry. Local universities and Japanese enterprises joined hands in providing more vocational training for students. — VNS Photo Công Thành 

Chairman of Đông Á University Council, Lương Minh Sâm said the Đà Nẵng-based university has been building long-term co-operation in education and human resources training with 72 Japanese partners and seven cities in Japan over the past 10 years.

He said more than 300 students from the university have qualified for internships and high-quality human resources programmes in Japan.

“Despite the hit of COVID-19, we still sent 25 qualified students to study and practice in Japan. A group of 500 students in automobile, hospitality, economics, food industry and construction are planned to work in Japan in 2021-22,” Sâm said.

He added the university offers Japanese language education to more than 2,000 students, and it plans to select 2,500 qualified students to work and practice at hospitals in Japan under co-operation deals with Aijinkai Group and other partners each year.

He also said Đông Á had inked education and technology transfer contracts with universities in Japan such as Shibaura Institute of Technology, the University of Tokyo, Nagasaki University, Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology and the Japan Foundation.

Yamamura Tomokazu also shared that Japanese senior nurses will help Vietnamese students to overcome initial difficulties and difference in culture and working skills while in Japan.

He said the group would support Vietnamese students with an internship visa for a less than one-year working scheme in Japan as well as accommodation and traffic.

To help Vietnamese students study in Japan, Hạ Long University in the eponymous northern province asked Japanese businesses to grant scholarships, recruitment and workshops on Japanese language and start-ups.

The university launched its Japanese language faculty in 2016 and implemented a joint-research at the UNESCO-recognised world heritage Hạ Long Bay and other environmental science activities with Shiga Prefecture in 2018.

Hải Phòng Maritime College could not establish a Japanese language department as it has only one Japanese teacher and six Vietnamese lecturers in the Japanese language.

JETRO also said Nam Định nursing college – where provided graduated students for training in Japan and Germany – called Japanese businesses funding vocational training equipment, Japanese language for students from the first year.

Vietnamese young students prefer working in Japan in terms of better payment, similar culture, professional working environment and friendly relationship between Japan and Việt Nam, according to Lương Minh Sâm of Đông Á University.

Đông Á college is the only education centre in central Việt Nam providing human resources for the Japanese labour market. — VNS

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