Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan and 16 educators from Southeast Asia and across the globe met on August 10 to overview the performance of a regional training centre.

At the annual executive board meeting of the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Training Centre – Vietnam (SEAMEO RETRAC- Vietnam), Minister Nhan said he appreciates the centre’s efforts in building on the cooperative relationship in education between Vietnam and organisations and agencies around the world.

He said he hoped the centre would keep on diversifying its activities and course curricula in order to contribute more to the development of Vietnam ’s education and training.

The centre is tasked with providing further instruction in foreign languages, research and presentation skills to lecturers from universities and colleges in southern provinces before they are sent to do their postgraduate work abroad.

It also offers lectures on political and ideological guidelines, as well as regulations applied to overseas Vietnamese students, to help equip them with the necessary understanding and skills to successfully complete their overseas study.

According to SEAMEO RETRAC director, Dr. Do Huy Thinh, the additional memorandum of understanding on cooperation between Vietnam and SEAMEO for the 2008-2009 period is a landmark in the development of the centre.

SEAMEO’s centre in Vietnam has grown to a level on a par with similar centres in the region and around the world, he added./.