Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan met with Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Anis Basweden in Jakarta on January 28, during the Vietnamese official’s working visit to the country.

Minister Pham Vu Luan, who also serves as President of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), said SEAMEO looks forward to support from Indonesia on its seven post-2015 priorities, including fostering kindergarten and vocational training sectors as well as harmonising research and teaching in tertiary education.

Regarding bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia in education, he highlighted recent growth and expressed his desire for the Indonesian provision of long-term scholarships and training courses.

Vietnam welcomes Indonesian students to study and conduct research, Luan said.

The official also sought the formalisation of a memorandum of understanding on educational cooperation between the two from 2015 to 2020.

For his part, Minister Anis Basweden said additional efforts are needed to bolster mutual understanding between the two nations in terms of culture and language, including opening educational establishments teaching the Indonesian Bahasa language in Vietnam.

He said Indonesia hopes to learn from Vietnam’s experience in vocational training to effectively expand the activity in his country.

On the same day, Minister Pham Vu Luan visited the regional centre on open education and met with six Indonesian educational facilities to learn about their operations.-VNA