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Laos, Vietnam to further extend education cooperation
Publication Date : 09-12-2013
The Lao and Vietnamese ministries of education have agreed to further extend cooperation in the development of their respective education systems, in a bid to strengthen human resources in the future.
This was revealed on Friday after high ranking officials of the two ministries met to discuss the strengthening of existing cooperative relations in Vientiane.
Lao officials were led by the Minister of Education and Sports, Phankham Viphavanh, while the Vietnamese delegation was led by the Minister of Education and Training of Vietnam, Pham Vu Luan.
Luan, who is also the President of the SEAMEO Council, and his delegation are on a short working visit to Laos from December 5-9.
During the talks, Phankham said the two countries regularly organise exchange visits for officials and experts and consider their cooperation as key to national protection and development and essential to advancing their special friendship.
“Assistance should be undertaken subject to the availability of funds. It can involve activities such as the exchange of staff, teachers and students, joint research activities, participation in seminars and academic meetings,” he said.
According to a media release issued by the ministry, the key objective of the meeting was to further develop academic and scientific interchanges between the ministries through mutual assistance in the areas of education, training and research.
The areas of cooperation will be subject to mutual consent and can include any programme offered at either ministry.
Phankham said Laos and Vietnam share a long history of friendship and support, with cooperation not only in education, but also through cultural exchanges and assistance in business, investment and tourism. He said cooperation would also take place through the exchange of academic material, publications and information, and special short-term academic programmes.
“The parties understand that this meeting is a manifestation of their willingness and desire to undertake joint activities in numerous areas of cooperation,” Phankham said.
Specific projects providing scholarships and other administrative matters relevant to the implementation of the decisions of the meeting would be negotiated separately to ensure proper control and management, while each ministry will appoint a liaison officer.
“This is a significant event and has a bearing on our political, socio-economic and international cooperation. It indicates a new era which is giving rise to a new policy, which Laos and Vietnam are now implementing.”
The meeting also outlined cooperation to build boarding schools in Huaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces. Over the years, the government of Vietnam has also provided financial support to build secondary schools and a Vietnamese language centre in order to improve the education system in Laos.
Phankham thanked Luan and his delegation for their support, in particular the assistance from the Ministry of Education and Training.