Rector of Can Tho University Ha Thanh Toan (R) presents a gift to visiting Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – Kazuyuki Nakane, visiting Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the country will support Can Tho University to upgrade itself via its two existing projects that aim to turn the facility into an international university by 2020.

At a meeting on August 11 with leaders of Can Tho University in the Mekong Delta city of the same name, Nakane expressed his confidence in the establishment’s growth and educational quality.

He said Japan will support Can Tho University in its two projects on upgrading itself and technical support.

In the former project, the facility will receive training, scientific research, and technology transfer assistance in agriculture, fishery, and environment. The latter project will see support in forms of training capacity building in the three sectors; 19 training courses lectured by Japanese experts; and 18 slots for management training at top Japanese universities.

According to Pham Minh Duc, deputy head of the ODA management board at the university, the upgrading Can Tho University project consists of four units on human resources development, research, infrastructure building, and equipment purchase.

Regarding the Japanese support, nine Japanese universities and research institutes will help Can Tho University train candidates of 63 doctorate degrees and nine master degrees, as well as offer 91 short-term training courses. Meanwhile, the Japanese Government will sponsor its purchase of teaching equipment.

Can Tho University now houses the highest number of students compared with other Vietnamese peers, at 55,000.      

In the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Can Tho University was ranked third in Vietnam, 57th in Southeast Asia, 701st in Asia, and 2,704th in the world.-VNA