To make social work more professional, it is crucial for universities to improve curriculums and the capacity of teaching staff.

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan made the statement during a ceremony to mark the 16th World Social Work Day held in Hanoi on November 8.

The event took the theme ‘Social Work-Development and Integration’ and was held by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in conjunction with the Vietnam Association of Vocational Training and Social Work, UNICEF and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Vice President Doan asked ministries, sectors and localities to place importance to education and popularisation, raising awareness of the role of social services in national industrialisation and modernisation.

She called on agencies to enhance experience sharing in the education, research and development of social services with international organisations, expressing her hope to receive continuous support and collaboration from them to help the country meet the need of development and integration.

According to USAID director Joakim Parker, despite being a relatively new profession in Vietnam, social services have already yielded considerable results.

To reach the goal of having 6,000 trained social workers by 2015, Vietnam should improve teaching methods, he added.-VNA