Representatives from over 30 prestigious universities in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines attended a workshop on human resources in Asia, held at Meiji University in Tokyo on August 28.

Eight Vietnamese universities attended the event, which was jointly organised by Nikkei Media Group, Nikkei Human Resources Inc. (Nikkei HR) and the Japan Foundation (JF) to provide an opportunity for Japanese businesses and Asian universities to exchange experience in training and recruiting global workforce .

In the framework of the seminar, Nikkei HR also hosted a recruitment fair from August 28-30 as the first pilot model for Japanese enterprises to approach abundant labour forces from foreign countries.

One of the issues high on the agenda was the teaching and studying of Japanese language, which is considered a must for students to access job opportunities in Japanese companies.

Dr. Tran Thi Thu Thuy from Hanoi Foreign Trade University said it is necessary to teach Japanese at both university and lower education levels in Vietnam.

She expressed hope that the Japanese side will soon have a specific strategy to support Vietnam in Japanese language teaching.

Keisuke Yoshio, Councillor to the President of JF, said though most Vietnamese students meet with difficulties in learning Japanese at the beginning, they then can quickly catch up with basic skills.

As an organisation to promote Japan’s language and culture to the world, the foundation is aware of its vital role in supporting human resources training at Vietnamese universities, Yoshio added.-VNA