The northern province of Vinh Phuc granted a fifty-year operational licence for an Outward Bound School and eco-tourism project, an outdoor adventure education model which is the first of its kind in Vietnam, on October 16.

KinderWorld, a Singaporean education group, invested a total of 17 million USD in implementing the project.

With centres in more than 30 countries, Outward Bound programmes work with children, youths and adults to foster self-development, team work, leadership and survival skills through outdoor activities.

The eco-school, comprising accommodation and educational facilities, will be constructed on 24.87ha in Ho Dong Cau in Phuc Yen town, Vinh Phuc province.

Once the school is operational, it will run courses throughout the year for up to 300 people.

Phung Quang Hung, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said Vinh Phuc highly valued the contributions of foreign investors and considered them an integral part of the province’s economic growth.

So far, Vinh Phuc has attracted 176 foreign-funded projects worth approximately 3 billion USD, with Singapore accounting for 268 million USD in 8 projects.

By September, 2014, 14 countries and territories invested in the province, with Taiwan (China) topping with a registered capital of over 1.1 billion USD in 38 projects and Japan coming second with 717 million USD in 21 projects.-VNA