A five-day Vietnam-Belgium educational forum was recently held in Brussels to review the 13-year VLIR-UOS scholarship programme in Vietnam.

The VLIR-UOS was founded by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), an overarching consultative organisation between the Flemish universities and the Belgian government.

Top Belgian universities such as Gent, Antwerp and Leuven, and 10 Vietnamese partner universities and institutes took part in the forum.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Vuong Thua Phong underscored the scholarship’s valuable contributions to Vietnam’s postgraduate education, noting the nation’s high demand for stronger academic ties in food biotechnology, environment-natural resources, public health, public policy and judicial reform.

Belgium grants Vietnam nearly 100 scholarships annually and approximately 2,000 Vietnamese students are educated in the European country each year.

In late 2014, the two governments signed a pact to help Vietnam build up its manpower capacity to create an industry based on intellectual property by 2020.

Next November the joint cabinet will meet in Brussels to discuss future plans for co-operation.-VNA