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Shinzo Abe visits Vietnam-Japan University

Released at: 14:30, 19/01/2017

Shinzo Abe visits Vietnam-Japan University

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VJU a noted example of education cooperation between the two countries.

by Quynh Nguyen

The Vietnam-Japan University (VJU) is a symbol of friendship between the two countries and an expression of the Japanese Government’s education policy towards training high-quality human resources, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a meeting with leaders of the Vietnam National University (VNU) and VJU (which is a member unit of VNU) in Hanoi on January 17. 

He believes the university’s students will undergo thorough studies in languages and culture and then contribute more to the development of Vietnam and the region in the future. “The university is a bridge between Vietnam and Japan,” he said.

Professor Nguyen Kim Son, Director of VNU and the managing unit of VJU, expressed his appreciation of the support from the Japanese Government. “VNU will create the conditions for VJU to become a reputable university in the region and in the world,” he said, adding that he hopes for further support from Japan in the years to come.

VJU launched the 2016-17 academic year last September and officially began its first courses.

Former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a decision to establish VJU on July 21, 2014, as part of efforts to realize the two government’s policies of boosting bilateral education cooperation.

The university has both Vietnamese and Japanese members in its management and teaching staff. In its first year it offered six Masters courses and enrolled 72 students. 

VJU Rector Mr. Motoo Furuta said the university aims to create a new model of training in Vietnam with new perspectives on tertiary education, combining training and research and establishing links with businesses. 

At least half of the 72 post-graduate students will have the chance to obtain a three-month internship at universities, research institutions, and enterprises in Japan, while the remainder will work as interns in Vietnamese companies and organizations. 

The university has set a target of one-third of its graduates taking on doctorate studies abroad, while the other two-thirds will secure jobs with Japanese enterprises, government offices, and international organizations.

VJU is preparing for its second year and will begin climate change studies this year.

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