PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (middle, first row) and delegates at the congress (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged Vietnamese students to equip themselves with broad knowledge in the digital era at a plenary session of the 10th national congress of the Vietnam Students’ Association (VSA) in Hanoi on December 10.

The PM lauded outstanding achievements the VSA has recorded over the past time with diverse and effective activities, saying the association has proven its role in representing students.

The PM underlined the need to step up the education of revolutionary ideology, morality, lifestyle and culture among students, while asking the VSA to support and protect legitimate rights and interests of students, as well as encourage them to engage in research and innovation in science-technology, and startups.

Students must be pioneers in innovative startups, think big and make it happen, not flinch from difficulties, and rise from failures, he said.

The Government will continue to create the best possible conditions for students to turn their startup initiatives into reality, helping them get jobs after graduation, the leader pledged.

The Party and State pin hope on students and the VSA which will contribute to developing high-quality human resources to serve national construction and defence, he noted.

Le Quoc Phong, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and Chairman of the Vietnam Youth Federation and the VSA (9th tenure), said the VSA has been consolidated with more than 1.3 million members from 28 provincial chapters, 283 chapters at schools and eight others abroad.

In the 2018-2023 period, the association is expected to develop a contingent of students having revolutionary ideology, firm political will, patriotism and responsibility.

It aims to introduce jobs to 1 million students, present scholarships and awards worth 250 billion VND (10.75 billion USD) to students and raise its members to 1.5 million.

The congress brings together 700 delegates representing over 2.4 million Vietnamese students at home and abroad.-VNA