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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam will host the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Conference on Innovative Education and Human Resources Building this week in Hue city, said Tran Ngoc An, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Multilateral Economic Department.

The conference will provide a platform for ASEM partners to present best practices in promoting quality and innovative education for human resources development. It will also consolidate proposals for ASEM’s new Vision for Education, including ASEM’s new skills agenda, and concrete measures to equip the young generation with 21st-century skills and qualities needed to achieve an adaptable and professional workforce in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, An said.

The two-day meeting will enhance collaboration among policy-makers, government officials, businesses, youths and other stakeholders in Asia and Europe to support the integration of 21st century skills into the existing education system.

The conference aims at promoting regional and inter-regional cooperation on best practices and experiences among ASEM members and relevant institutions in quality and innovative education and human resource development, especially in ICT application, transnational education, technical vocational education and training, and creative talents.

The outcomes of the event will be reflected in a summary report, which will be presented at the 6th ASEM Education Ministers Meeting in Seoul this May, the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting in Myanmar this November, and the 12th ASEM Summit in Belgium next year.

This year’s conference is expected to draw approximately 200 participants, including Government officials, senior policy-makers, researchers, educators, practitioners, universities, businesses, related regional and international organisations, and other stakeholders.

The conference was initiated by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 11th ASEM Summit held in 2016 in Mongolia under the sponsorship of Finland, India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea, said An.

Vietnam’s role as a founding member and active player in the organisation is highly appreciated, said An. In the 20 years since joining the institution, Vietnam has contributed more than 20 initiatives.-VNA