Ms. Lehikoinen gave a keynote-speech in ASEM conference on education and met with several influential ministers of Vietnamese education sector. The main topics were Vietnamese interest in cooperation related to developing teacher training and new curriculum.
The Vice-Minister of Education and Culture Ms. Anita Lehikoinen, Ministry's Director of International Relations Jaana Palojärvi and Ambassador in Education Export Marianne Huusko visited Vietnam at the turn of the month. The delegation participated in ASEM conference hosted by Vietnam in which Finland was one of the six co-sponsors. Ms. Lehikoinen gave a keynote-speech and Finland received a lot of attention. The topic of the conference was innovative education and sustainable development.
With participation of over 200 delegates the conference's aim was to enhance the Asia-Europe cooperation in the fields of education and human resources. The main focuses were the role of education in sustainable development and reforming the education to answer the demands of digitalisation.
During the visit the delegation met bilaterally with several influential Vietnamese politicians including the Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and the Minister of Education Phung Xuan Nha. In addition to different ministries, discussions were also held with World Bank and Asian Development Bank. There is strong interest in Vietnam to strengthen the cooperation between our countries in educational sector. The interest lies especially in development of teacher training, new curriculum and digital learning materials, all fields in which Finland's expertise is well known.
The cooperation has already increased on the level of higher education, and a Finnish-Vietnamese school will soon be established in Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnamese education sector offers increasing opportunities as more than half of the population is under the age of 30 and developing the education is one of the priorities of the government. More information on the education sector opportunities can be found on the Team Finland site of Market Opportunities.