Forum on future of education held in Hanoi

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NDO/VNA - Nearly 150 foreign and domestic participants discussed education policies and the future of international education at the APEC Future Education Forum held on November 15 in Hanoi.

The forum, organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the Republic of Korean (RoK)'s Ministry of Education, was called: “Innovative Future Education in APEC – Creating new dynamism and increased employability.”

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc said that the forum’s theme was relevant to the APEC theme of “Creating new dynamism, fostering a shared future”.

This reflected APEC education strategy - enhancing and aligning competencies to the needs of individuals, societies and economies, accelerating innovation and increasing employability, Phuc said.

APEC economies expect that by 2030, they would have a strong and cohesive education community, characterised by inclusive and qualified education that supports sustainable economic growth, social well-being and employability, he said.

To achieve the goals, structural reform and innovation are crucial to improve labour productivity, enhance human resources and allocate resources, he said.

In Vietnam, the Government considers education, science and technology as top priorities in their socio-economic development strategy, giving 20% of the total State budget to education and training, he said.

The national education sector is now carrying out education reform in order to prepare qualified human resources to meet rthe equirements of the fourth industrial revolution.

Yeonghan Choi, Director General of the International Cooperation Bureau under the RoK's Ministry of Education, said that the forum would open the floor for participants to discuss the revolution (the internet, robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence), as well as its effects on future society, economy and education.

The forum would also serve as a platform providing stakeholders with an opportunity for international education co-operation, he added.

The APEC Future Education Forum is an annual event, first held in 2004. As the largest international education forum in the APEC region, AFEF has accumulated 3,200 participants, including Government officials, experts, entrepreneurs, teachers and others from international organisations. It is an arena where discussions on international education, directions and visions for future education are held to establish mutual prosperity.

The participants also joined the 15th International APEC Learning Community Builders (ALCoB) Conference on Friday. The conference, which has been held as a sister event with the forum since 2009, seeks to foster mutual understanding of education and culture in the APEC economies through various exchange programmes.