Vietnamese students at a medical class. (Photo: VNA)

Rome (VNA) – Italian universities and enterprises will forge engagement in training Vietnamese students following a pact signed on November 25.

Representatives of Modena University (Unimore) and the trade-industry office in north Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region (Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna) sealed the deal in Modena, witnessed by Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Cao Chinh Thien and Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Cecilia Piccioni.

The pact is a result of over-a-year efforts to research and connect educational facilities to companies. It will provide financial assistance for Vietnamese students, especially who major in science and technology, to study and take internship in the region.

At the signing ceremony, Unimore rector Ange Andrisano said the cooperation model shows how universities are capable of stimulating international ties and exchanges as well as supporting local economic initiatives.

Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna Chairman Maurizio Torreggiani considered providing profession training related to made-in-Italy technologies for Vietnamese young intellectuals as a closer approach to their home market.

The Vietnamese market boasts abundant opportunities concerning the upcoming birth of the ASEAN Economic Community.

The diplomats encouraged the cooperation as it contributes to boosting Vietnam’s human resources and implementing contents of the Vietnam-Italy strategic partnership.

Currently, 17 Vietnamese are learning at Enzo Ferrari, a technological establishment under the Unimore, which is the first to undertake the freshly signed deal.

By 2014, 617 enterprises in the Emilia-Romagna region had exported goods into Vietnam with a total value of 120 million EUR.

In June 2015, the region established its representative office in southern Binh Duong province, which is among industrial hubs in Vietnam.-VNA