Officials from 15 cities and provinces of Vietnam have concluded a two-week training course on urban management in France.

The course was held by the Lyon National Institute of Application Sciences (INSA) and partners in the Rhone-Alpes region.

Trainees were provided with knowledge on urban construction projects, planning of public space, urban lighting and traffic systems, social housing, water supply and waste treatment systems as well as the geographical information system (SIG).

INSA has cooperated with Vietnam for 15 years. The institute receives 25 Vietnamese senior high school students for training every year starting in 1998. It began a programme to train high-quality engineers for Vietnam from 1999.

The institute also helped train Vietnamese officials in urban planning and new materials./.