Students of the Dong An Politechnic in the southern province of Binh Duong during a practice period. (Source: VNA)
Recent statistics from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs highlight that the nation has issues to tackle in its development of human resources.

Unemployment amongst graduate and post-graduate workers in Vietnam jumped from 162,000 to 178,000 in the first three months of the year. The national unemployment rate is at 2.43 percent, yet workers with college degrees are facing the highest unemployment rate of 7.2 percent.

These numbers were mentioned at the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)'s conference held in Hanoi on September 29, where attendees discussed measures to better develop the nation's human resources.

Speaking at the conference, CIEM Deputy Director Nguyen Thi Tue Anh said that Vietnam had to improve human resources in prioritised sectors, arguing that a sustainable economy is premised on strong human resources.

Toma Massaski from the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam underscored that the Vietnamese Government needed to pay attention to education quality, and especially by identifying fields that require advanced qualifications and technology.

He stressed that a high-quality work force would play a crucial role in increasing productivity and furthering the nation's industrialisation. He advised starting out in key sectors where workers and employers are relatively harmonised.

Dr. Nguyen Van Thanh from the Hanoi University of Industry recommended that the Government supplement and complete regulations to encourage collaboration between universities and enterprises. He advised that enterprises should be encouraged to join in vocational training efforts with preferential tax and land use policies.

Increasing private-university partnerships, attendees agreed, could help solve the challenging unemployment breakdown.-VNA