The scene of the seminar in Prague, the Czech Republic. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Educational cooperation between Vietnam and the Czech Republic was the focus of a seminar held in Prague on January 12. 

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Truong Manh Son said the Czech Republic has trained more than 10,000 Vietnamese bachelors, engineers and doctors. Many of them have been holding high-ranking positions in the political, education-training and scientific research systems in Vietnam.

Educational cooperation between the two countries has diminished in the past 20 years. However, the Czech Republic still provides between 7-10 undergraduate and graduate scholarships for Vietnamese students each year, he added.

Over the past five years, the Prague University of Agriculture sends from 20 to 30 students to the Vietnam University of Agriculture to study each summer.

Leaders of Czech universities pointed out barriers in educational cooperation, including languages and complicated visa procedures which make it hard for Vietnamese students to study in the Czech Republic.

Ambassador Truong Manh Son recommended the Czech side simplify visa procedures for Vietnamese students.

Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Lukas Kaucky said he would discuss the problems raised at the seminar with the Czech Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Education.

The Czech Republic is considering the opening of a consulate in Ho Chi Minh City in the near future to reduce overloading at the Czech Embassy in Hanoi.-VNA