09:04 | 29/05/2017 MUTRAP Corner
A workshop was recently held in Bologna, the capital city of the Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy, in an attempt to increase opportunities for Vietnamese students to get access to the labor market.
The event formed part of the activities of the Voyage project funded by the "European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students" (ERASMUS) program from 2015 - 2018.
The project aims to connect Vietnamese students with foreign and domestic enterprises, thus helping them to find jobs in Vietnam and Europe while improving tertiary training programs.
The event was attended by representatives from Vietnamese establishments benefiting from the project, namely Hanoi University (HANU), the National University of Art Education, the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, as well as management boards of industrial parks and processing zones in Hanoi, the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy, and local enterprises.
Participants discussed measures to help Vietnamese graduates to better meet the requirements of domestic and foreign recruiters.
Pham Ngoc Thach from HANU pointed to the shortages of skills among Vietnamese graduates, saying that they have knowledge, yet seemingly fail to satisfy the expectations of potential employers.
Narcis Bosch from the Chamber of Commerce in Catalonia, Spain, underlined the need for educational institutions to ensure their training programmes are more relevant to the respective labour market.
Meanwhile, Silvia Galeazzi, a project manager highlighted the huge potential for educational cooperation and student exchanges between Vietnam and Italy.
In 2016, the Italian Foreign Ministry offered numerous scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in the country, she said.