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Vietnam and British Council sign deal on promoting social enterprises in universities
Ha Phuong 03:06, 2018/10/06
2018 marks the 45th anniversary of ambassadorial relations between the UK and Vietnam and 25 years since the British Council opened its first offices in Vietnam.
Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training on October 5 signed a cooperative agreement with the British Council in Vietnam on promoting social enterprises in universities in Vietnam, marking the first step in implementing the task of promoting social enterprise teaching and social reform in universities across Vietnam.
 
Vietnam and British Council sign deal on promoting social enterprises in universities.
Vietnam and British Council sign deal on promoting social enterprises in universities.
2018 marks the 45th anniversary of ambassadorial relations between the UK and Vietnam and 25 years since the British Council opened its first offices in Vietnam.
On this cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training, the British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam Ed Vaizey said that the UK is the leading country in social enterprises. Through the British Council in Vietnam, the British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam believe the cooperative agreement will foster greater cooperation between the two countries.
“This will contribute to the development of Vietnam’s education system in general and the development of social enterprises in particular, creating a more sustainable development environment in Vietnam,” Ed Vaizey emphasized.
Social entrepreneurship is the most effective model to help solve social problems. The agreement signed with the Ministry of Education and Training will provide a solid foundation for the development of social enterprises in Vietnam.
Country Director of the British Council in Vietnam Donna McGowan said that in Vietnam, the British Council has actively supported and coordinated at all levels to disseminate the knowledge of social enterprises, bringing it these closer to the Vietnamese people, especially the younger generation – university students.
Recently, together with Northamton University, the British Council in Vietnam has joined with the National Economics University to launch the “Vietnam Youth for Social Innovation” program, including the national lecturers training course for social innovation and the “Youth for Social Innovation Challenge” – a meaningful playground for Vietnamese youth to develop new innovative ideas in a way that will positively impacts society. During the three-month program, participants had opportunities to receive training in business skills, developing business models under the guidance of experts.
Promoting social entrepreneurial skills, social innovation and dialogue in a multicultural environment at 200 universities in Vietnam will enhance students’ employment opportunities, especially if they start their own business.
The agreement with the British Council will promote social enterprises and social innovation through seminars, forums, training activities, capacity building for students, lecturers and counsellors in universities in Vietnam. It will also aim to raise awareness of social enterprise development in education and training for at least 30% of university students; provide knowledge and skills on social entrepreneurship, social creativity and community leadership to 200 lecturers to help them successfully implement the spill over effect activities at the school.
Given the importance of education as a factor in economic development and social welfare, as well as a means to promote cooperation between the two countries, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc appreciated the support and cooperation of the UK and the British Council in Vietnam. Both sides believe that cooperation in the field of education will benefit both countries.
The purpose of this cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Education and Training and the British Council in Vietnam is to strengthen cooperation in education and training and contribute to the development of education in Vietnam through experience exchange and cooperation in strategic priority areas.
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