Education cooperation benefits Vietnam’s economy: Danish minister

By Thao Vi, Thanh Nien News

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Joint Danish-Vietnamese educational programs have benefited Danish companies in Vietnam, their Vietnamese partners and Vietnam’s economic growth, Danish Minister of Education Christine Antorini says.
The Danish minister made the remarks on Friday as she wrapped up a three-day visit to Vietnam.
“Danish educational institutions have a long tradition providing not only specific skills like business and technical skills but also soft and social skills,” Antorini told Thanh Nien News on the sidelines of a press briefing at the Foreign Trade University in HCMC.
“We hope we can inspire you (Vietnamese educational institutions) in that way,” she said.
Antorini said the successful collaboration between Denmark’s Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College and the Foreign Trade University would serve as “an excellent example" for future cooperation between Vietnamese and Danish education institutions.
A total 120 students have graduated from the joint program between the two institutions, which features eight semesters, including one or two semesters at the Denmark college. Fifteen of these students are working for Danish companies in Vietnam, Antorini said.
“It is important that the Danish companies here in Vietnam – and their Vietnamese partners – are able to recruit top qualified candidates to expand their business and contribute to the further development in Vietnam,” the Danish minister said.
“Vietnam's future economic growth is closely linked to the ability to provide job candidates that meet the increasing demands from the companies,” she said.
Antorini said Denmark is looking for an adviser who will work with the Danish Embassy in Vietnam to establish more educational cooperation between the two countries.
Education is a clear priority in the Danish government's growth market strategy for Vietnam, Antorini said.
During her visit to Vietnam, Antorini met with Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan.

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