ASEM conference on innovative education wraps up

Friday, 2017-03-31 10:04:27
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Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha speaking at the conference (Credit:
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NDO—The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Conference on Innovative Education and Human Resources Development for Sustainable Development officially wrapped up in Hue on March 31 after two days of discussion.

During the conference, Vietnamese and foreign speakers presented 17 reports related to the role of education and human resources in the 21st Century for sustainable development; opportunities, challenges and roles for stakeholders; practices and lessons from Asia and Europe; vision and action; and the enhancement of Eurasian cooperation in the field of creative education and human resources development for sustainable development.

The conference approved several key issues, including promoting cross-sectoral approaches in education and training for comprehensive human development, creating opportunities for lifelong learning associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution; strengthening close cooperation among relevant stakeholders in building educational and training programmes in association with the integration of essential skills at all educational levels and training skill in the context of international integration.

In addition, the delegates agreed the importance of narrowing the development gap in terms of innovative education and human resources development among ASEM members; strengthening STEM education and application of information and technology in education reform; diversifying forms of linkages and cooperation, strengthening public-private partnerships, transferring technology in education and training, developing and implementing the “21st Century ASEM Skills Agenda,” and forming a network for information on education and human resource development in the 21st century.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha said that Vietnam is promoting the radical and comprehensive reform of education with the aim of attaining a modern style of education. Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training has developed an action plan to implement this task and will adopt the results of the conference to Vietnam’s reality, added the Minister.

He also emphasised that the conference offered an opportunity for ASEM member countries to establish a network for cooperation on different scales, contributing to improving the quality of human resources training to meet the sustainable development goals of each member, in the interest of the successful attaiment of the goals for sustainable development until 2030.

The conference contributed to enhancing Eurasian cooperation in addressing issues related to education, workers, employment and ASEM’s proposed visions of education and human resources development.

The event was an important premise to prepare for the sixth ASEM Education Ministerial Meeting (ASEAMME6) which is scheduled on November in Seoul, the Republic of Korea; the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting in November in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar and the 12th ASEM Summit in Brussels, Belgium in 2018.