Int’l conference on social sciences in Laos hinh anh 1At the seminar in 2014 (Source: VNA)
Vientiane (VNA) – The fifth edition of an international seminar discussing the development of human resources in social sciences in the context of global integration in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia took place in the Lao capital Vientiane on October 19.

Attendees agreed that the sector should assess the impacts of global and regional integration on social development in each country, make forecasts for the next decade and devise methods to contribute to social development in each country, the region and world.

In the future, the three countries should renew management of social science workforce development, actualise the strategy on education development with a focus on social sciences, pool all possible resources for the effort between now and 2020 and expand international cooperation in the field.

On collaboration mechanisms, participants suggested the academies of social sciences of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia focus on issues impacting the lives of people living in areas bordering the three countries, hold more scientific seminars, offer post-tertiary training and short-term courses and conduct youth exchanges.

Nguyen Quang Thuan, Chairman of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), said the seminar underscores the importance of scientific cooperation in strengthening mutual understanding among the three countries amid globalisation.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Chairman of the Lao National Academy of Social Sciences (NASS) Professor Soukkongseng Saingaleuth lauded the ideas and reports presented at the event, adding that a major topic for the next seminar slated for Cambodia in 2017 will be historical and cultural ties in the three countries’ border areas.

The annual seminar is alternately held by the VASS, the NASS and the Royal Academy of Cambodia.-VNA