A conference was held in Rome, Italy on April 9 for Vietnamese and Italian universities to explore opportunities for training partnerships.

Thirty leading universities of the two countries sent representatives to the conference, which was organised by the Italian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, Universities and Research, and the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Nguyen Hoang Long, who once pursued tertiary study in Italy, said education cooperation is among priorities in Vietnam-Italy strategic partnership.

According to Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Thanh Minh, Italy is a potential educator partner of Vietnam, especially in social, cultural, and technology studies.

She also introduced foreign partnership programmes to Italian universities which are interested in partnership deals with Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Italian Government representatives assured that more favourable conditions will be rolled out for Vietnamese students.

The two sides also agreed that cooperation in training high-skilled human resources is essential to support Italian businesses investing or planning business expansion in Vietnam.

Vietnam and Italy have so far cooperated in 72 education projects.

About 1,000 Vietnamese students are currently studying in universities across the European country.-VNA