One of the priorities for the country’s next stage of development is to produce a contingent of high-calibre officials, both in terms of morals and intellect, and in senior positions in particular, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said.

He addressed a ceremony commemorating the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration in Hanoi on September 24.

He asked the academy to revise its curricula, especially the basics on Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts, and overhaul management practices.

In view of the current situation, training should focus on political firmness, virtues and lifestyle a bid to address moral degradation amongst Party members, he said.

Additionally, the Party leader requested regular updates of scientific data on the impacts on policy and law-making.

He suggested the academy train a cohort of qualified researchers and lecturers, as well as nurturing young talents, upgrading facilities, boosting the Party and expanding ties with foreign partners.

Concluding his speech, the leader expressed his belief that the academy would fulfil its assigned tasks, just as the Party, State and people trusted the institution to do.

Originally called the Nguyen Ai Quoc Party school, the academy has trained hundreds of thousands of mid and high-level managers and lecturers, many of whom now have successful careers in the Party, State and local administration.

The academy has been awarded the Golden Star Order, Ho Chi Minh Order, and the Labour Hero title in the Renewal Process.

On the occasion, the academy was once again presented with the Ho Chi Minh Order.

The event was also graced by the presence of former Party and State leaders.-VNA