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Vocational Education - the first step to escape middle income trap

22/05/2019

On May 20th, 2019, at the Head office of the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs, Minister of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung had a cordial meeting with the Federal Republic Germany’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Christian Berger. At the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue cooperating in the field of vocational education between Vietnam and Germany. Attending the meeting were Leadership representatives from the Department of International Cooperation, Directorate of Vocational Education, Department of Overseas Labour.

Date modify: 05-22-2019

 
At the meeting, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung highly appreciated the relationship between Germany’s Government, especially, the States of Germany, GIZ, Vivantex Company...which have cooperated with MOLISA through cooperation in the field of vocational education, sending nurse to work and study in Germany for recently. The Minister inform to the Ambassador on the issues relating to the drastic measures of Vietnam to implement the international convention on labour of ILO. As well as, about the uniformity among domestic legal systems, the Minister said that: “In the 7th Working Session of the  14th National Assembly, the Government  will submit the Labour Code (amendment) to the National Assembly.
Especially, the field of vocational education, on May 21st, National Assembly will discuss on determining the time of passing the Law on Education, in which contains some contents on vocational education. Accordingly, all vocational institutions will teach general education. Student after finishing 9 grade can enter the vocational institutions to study vocational, at the same time students can study the general education and can participate to university entrance exam after completing the study program. It means that student can study both vocational program and general education.
Thanks for the sharing of the Minister Dao Ngoc Dung, the Ambassador Christian Berger affirmed the relationship between the two countries for recent years, especially, the closely cooperation with MOLISA in the field of vocational education. He shared that when he was young, he also learn vocation, and then study in university, therefore, he understood the outstanding of dual training. However, the application of dual training in other countries is not simple. He felt happy when Vietnam concerned to the model of dual training of Germany.
Mr. Christian Berge also said that World Bank as well as many organizations assessed Vietnam had a risk of fall into middle income trap. To escape from that trap, the only way is Vietnam should build and develop the high quality vocational training system to update the trend of the World.
According to Mr. Christian Berge, the orientation of vocational in Vietnam should focus on practice. Specificly, the practice moduls is as much as possible. Usually, in Germany, students has 2/3 of the studying time working in the factory and 1/3 studying time learning knowledge at the vocational institutions.
Minister Dao Ngoc Dung also agreed with Mr. Christian Berge. The Minister said that the only way to escape the middle income trap in Vietnam was building and developing high quality vocational education.
On the occasion, the Ambassador sent the invitation from the Governor of Baden-Württemberg State to Minister Dao Ngoc Dung, inviting the Minister visit and work about the conten of vocational education cooperation. Foreseen, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung will have a working meeting with the Ministry of Economic Development Cooperation and Ministry of Labour of Germany. Minister Dao Ngoc Dung gladly accepted the invitation and will arrange an appropriate time to visit Germany.
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