Hanoi, March 29, 2017: Deputy Minister for Science and Technology Tran Quoc Khanh had a meeting with the Finnish Education Delegation led by H.E. Ms. Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture on the occasion of her visit to Vietnam to attend the ASEM Conference on “Innovative Education and Human Resource Building for Sustainable Development”.
Attending the meeting from the Finnish side there also were H.E. Mr. Ilkka-Pekka Similä, Ambassador of Finland to Vietnam; Ms. Marianne Huusko – Ambassador for Education Export; Ms. Jaana Palojävi – Director for International Relations; Ms. Liisa Folkersma – Deputy Head of Mission and Mr. Marko Saarinen – Counsellor, Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Finland in Vietnam.
Representatives from MOST accompanying Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Khanh at the meeting were Mr. Phung Bao Thach – General Director, Department of International Cooperation; Ms. Tran Thi Thu Huong – General Director, Assistant to Minister, Director of IPP2; Mr. Hoang Minh – President of National Institute for S&T Policy and Strategy Studies; Mr. Do Viet Trung, Deputy General Director, Department of S&T Organization and Human Resource; Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha, Deputy General Director, Department of Social and Natural Sciences; and Mr. Nguyen Van Nghi, Deputy Rector, the Management Training Institute.
During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on potential and perspectives of Vietnam – Finland cooperation and partnership in the field of innovation education and human resource building as well as university based joint research opportunities. Permanent Secretary Anita Lehikoinen expressed her high appreciation and support for I&E capacity building initiatives under the framework of IPP2 targeted to Vietnamese senior policy makers and university executives to be conducted in 2017. At the same time, Finnish universities with their world-class-reputation and distinction would become trusted partners for Vietnam and MOST in implementing the National Program on STI capacity building towards 2025, she added./.