Vietnam-Japan University rector Motoo Furuta beats the drum to launch the academic year 2016-2017 (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Japan University under the Vietnam National University-Hanoi (VNU-Hanoi), launched the academic year 2016-2017 and officially started its first training courses at a ceremony on September 9.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha said that the university is the combination between the Japanese education – one of the leading educations of the world, and the VNU – Vietnam’s leading training and research centre.

He praised the contributions that both Vietnamese and Japanese professors and scientists have made to the compilation of training curricular for the courses.

According to VNU-Hanoi President Nguyen Kim Son, the Prime Minister signed a decision to establish the Vietnam-Japan University on July 21, 2014, part of efforts to realise the two government’s policy of boosting bilateral cooperation in education.

The university has both Vietnamese and Japanese members in its management and teaching staff. In the first year of operation, the university offers six master’s training courses, and has recruited 72 students, he added.

Motoo Furuta, the university’s rector, said the university aims to create a new model of training in Vietnam which adopts new viewpoints on tertiary education, combines training with research and establishes links with businesses.

According to the rector, at least half of the 72 post graduate students will have a chance to get a three-month internship at universities, research institutions and enterprises in Japan, while the remaining will be arranged to work as interns in Vietnamese companies and organisations.

The university sets the target that one third of graduated students will go on to doctor’s programmes abroad while the other two thirds will find jobs in Japanese enterprises, government offices and international organisations, he stated.-VNA