President exhorts university to teach world-class courses

HA NOI - President Truong Tan Sang yesterday said he hoped the Viet Nam National University in HCM City (VNU-HCM City) would offer international standard courses within five to 10 years.

At a ceremony to mark the university's 20th anniversary, Sang invited it to reform the methods of studying and teaching and improve the quality of its research.

He advised university authorities to develop a contingent of qualified lecturers and managers, expand partnerships with peers at home and abroad - and gradually exercise autonomy in several spheres.

Sang said the development of science and technology and the quality of human resources were key factors ensuring a country's competitiveness and strength.

Both these factors were products of education and training, he said.

He said the country had gained encouraging results in education and training in the past years, but the quality of education and training still failed to meet real demand.

To handle this challenge, he suggested the Party set tasks to comprehensively renew education and training. He added that improving human resources was one of three key pillars to develop the country.

As one of the key universities in the country, the VNU-HCM City needed to take the lead in creatively implementing tasks and solutions set out by the Party Resolution on basic education and training renovation, Sang said.

The VNU-HCMC was established as a national multi-disciplinary...

university on January 27, 1995. It was formed by merging nine existing universities in HCM City.

Chartered by the Government, its mission is to become Viet Nam's premier institute of higher education.

The university has forged reciprocal agreements with more than 120 universities in 20 countries.

This has ensured its relevance in the international arena by allowing Vietnamese students to study abroad and attracting foreign-exchange students to Viet Nam.

As a member of the Association of Universities of the Francophone (AUF), the ASEAN University Network (AUN) and the Eurocom of six leading European universities, the VNU-HCMC has accommodation for 60,000 students.

Each year, it issues more than 10,000 engineering and bachelor's degrees as well as more than 2,000 masters and doctorate degrees.