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Vietnam, Russian seek to advance educational ties

Vietnam, Russian seek to advance educational ties

Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son at a meeting to discuss education cooperation with Russia   

NDO/VNA - Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son had meetings with representatives from the Russian educational sector on December 1 and 2, within the framework of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Russia.

The meetings aimed to advance educational cooperation between Vietnam and Russia, making it on par with the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership in the new context.

At the working session with Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Nikolayevich Falkov on December 1, Son proposed the Russian side soon extend the agreement on debt settlement so that Vietnam would be able to continue sending its students to Russia.

He also suggested organising the second Forum of Rectors of Russian and Vietnamese Universities at an early date, and upgrading the Pushkin Sub-Institute in Hanoi to a centre of the Russian language in Southeast Asia.

Falkov promised that he will work to push ahead with Son’s proposals.

The same day, Son met with Yevgeny Alexandrovich Primakov, General Director of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation.

The minister proposed the Russian side consider granting scholarships to Vietnamese students to attend training courses in English, and open departments or schools of Russian universities in Vietnam on a trial basis.

His proposals received the support from Primakov, who said he will immediately act accordingly.

Meeting with Rector of the Moscow Aviation Institute Mikhail Aslanovich Pogosyan on December 2, where 115 Vietnamese students are studying, Son expressed his hope for stronger cooperation between the Russian institute and its Vietnamese partners, and suggested the Russian institute open a branch in Vietnam.

Pogosyan said he will closely coordinate with competent agencies to realise the Vietnamese minister's suggestions on cooperation.

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