Conference spotlights open education in human resource development

Thursday, 2018-10-25 10:42:47
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The 32nd annual conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities opened in Hanoi on October 24. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The 32nd annual conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) opened in Hanoi on October 24, bringing together about 400 delegates from 20 countries and territories worldwide.

Themed “Open Education in Human Resource Development for Asia in Period of Integration,” the conference provides a platform for academics and administrators to exchange views and experiences in open and distance learning. Some 270 presentations have been submitted to share study findings and hands-on experience on the importance of open and distance learning in Asia’s human resource development in integration.

The event, which runs through October 26, is expected to foster research in open and distance learning and pave the way for expanding partnership among educational institutions in the region and the world.

In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc said against the backdrop of today’s globalisation and international integration, each country is required to have a competent workforce that meets international standards. They must be daring and have knowledge on and interest in foreign culture, as well as good communication and foreign language skills, he noted.

He spoke highly of the conference’s theme and expected presentations and ideas delivered at the event will lay a basis for further developing educational methods, programmes and systems to facilitate the provision of skilled workers who can keep up with the growing trend of globalisation in all sectors.