Investment in science-technology and education-training is a key task for the future development of the country, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has said.

Nhan made the statement at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 11 after reviewing the results of the previous 5 years investment in four leading agencies in the fields of science-technology and education-training, as well as presenting their future, long-term investment strategies.

The four, including the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, the Hanoi and HCM City National Universities , should coordinate closely with relevant ministries in implementing their development plan during the 2013-2015 period, he said.

The Deputy PM urged relevant ministries to contribute ideas to the plan for submission to the National Assembly for approval.

On the same day, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education, the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association and the Association of Private Universities and Colleges organised a seminar on Vietnam ’s educational reform in the information-technology environment.

Delegates at the event discussed the role played by IT in the basic and comprehensive renovation of education and training and the transmission of knowledge in the IT era.

Many described IT as a breakthrough solution in revamping educational management and content as well as teaching and learning methods.

Educational reform can be only conducted effectively with the support of IT, they said.

In that context, the delegates highlighted the need for the sector to pay attention to developing IT skills for both teachers and students.-VNA