Vietnam and Canada have signed a letter of intent (LOI), aimed at strengthening mutual understanding and expanding educational cooperation.

The document was signed by Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CIC) (formerly the Association of Canadian Community Colleges - ACCC), and Trinh Quan Dong, General Director of the Khoi Nguyen Education Investment and Development Joint-Stock Company (KNE).

Addressing the signing ceremony in Ottawa on June 27, Amyot expressed her pleasure at the opportunity for cooperation in the field with Vietnam, and said it will help Canada popularise its colleges in the country, provide technical assistance to the establishment of an English academy and a Canadian-modelled college in Ho Chi Minh City, and promote student exchange programmes with foreign universities and colleges.

CIC Vice-President of International Partnerships Paul Brennan introduced the Canadian education system, especially colleges aiming to develop skills that can meet requirements of the labour market.

The CIC represents 133 colleges and public institutes in Canada, including community colleges, institutes of technology, health, justice, and agriculture.

The KNE focuses on developing education in Vietnam and investing in the Canadian International School (CIS) system through training programmes to get Ontario province and international high school certificates.-VNA