HCMC Medicine and Pharmacy University targets key healthcare science training facility

Saturday, 2017-11-18 17:34:18
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Politburo member Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) awards the Independence Order, second class to a representative of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party’s Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan has tasked Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy with establishing itself as a key healthcare science training facility in the region in terms of training, scientific research and technology transfer.

The city’s Party leader made the request while addressing a ceremony held on November 18 to mark the 70th anniversary of the university’s establishment and to award the Independence Order, second class.

He lauded the achievements of the university over the past seven decades in providing high-quality human resources for the city’s medical system, thus contributing to developing Ho Chi Minh City as a major healthcare centre in the country.

He called on the university’s board of managers to expand their international cooperation in order to establish new training faculties, such as hospital management and medical equipment, as well as to take part in more research on the application of artificial intelligence.

The university were also asked to actively co-ordinate with the city’s healthcare system in implementing the project on building a high-quality medical examination and treatment centre for international visitors and overseas Vietnamese.

Previous to its official establishment in 1976, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy was initially the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Saigon, which was formed in 1947 as a division of the Indochina School of Medicine in Hanoi.

Throughout its 70 years of development, the university has provided training for approximately 15,000 students per year, with nearly 41,300 students having graduated.

In 2005, the university was recognized as one of the two strategic medical teaching institutions in the country and the university offers the most comprehensive array of training for health professionals from undergraduate to graduate levels.