Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan paid a working visit to Germany from October 5-11 to seek ways to foster the teaching of the Vietnamese and German languages as well as bilateral cooperation in vocational training.

At a working session with Stenfan Müller - Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Ministry for Education and Research, the Vietnamese official thanked the European country for its assistance to the Vietnamese-German University in Vietnam and also asked for more support to the school in the time ahead.

Müller said his country pays special attention to this project, considering it an important bridge for bilateral cooperation.

Minister Luan spoke highly of Germany’s achievements in vocational training and proposed more support to be provided by the country in the field.

Both sides exchanged their experience and discussed advantages and difficulties in vocational training while highlighting its important role in international integration.

The German side affirmed its willingness to have in-depth discussions on this matter with Vietnam.

Meeting with Maria Böhmer - Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Minister Luan said the cooperation agreement on teaching the German language and Germany’s initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future” are being strongly implemented in Vietnam, adding that the framework programme for teaching the German language will be officially applied in the Southeast Asian country in the near future.

Both officials agreed on the need to teach the Vietnamese language to people of Vietnamese descent in Germany, especially the young generation.

The two sides also mulled over the pilot training of Vietnamese nurses in Germany and agreed to have a comprehensive review of this model.

Vietnam asked the German Foreign Office for further assistance to the Vietnamese-German University and requested a broad recognition of the school’s degrees.

During their stay in Germany, the Vietnamese delegation also had working sessions with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to look into the attraction of high-quality human resources and the training of nurses in Germany.

German officials are scheduled to visit Vietnam in early December to further examine the issues.-VNA