EU-funded project provides soft skills to Vietnamese students

09:04 | 29/05/2017 Cooperation

A workshop themed "Knowledge, Information, Education and Job opportunities" was recently held in Bologna, the capital city of the Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy by Almalaurea Education Organization and the region's Department of Commerce.

eu funded project provides soft skills to vietnamese students
Participants at the workshop - Photo: Vietnam+

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, to increase opportunities for Vietnamese students to get access to the labor market, 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.

Before ups and downs in the labor market, participants discussed measures to help Vietnamese graduates to better meet the requirements of domestic and foreign recruiters.

According to Pham Ngoc Thach from HANU, the main reason of the problem was shortages of skills among Vietnamese graduates, saying that they have knowledge, yet seemingly fail to satisfy the expectations of potential employers.

Coming from the Chamber of Commerce in Catalonia, Spain, Narcis Bosch underlined the need for educational institutions to ensure their training programmes are more relevant to the respective labour market.

Meanwhile, the project manager Silvia Galeazzi highlighted the huge potential for educational cooperation and student exchanges between Vietnam and Italy. The number of Vietnamese students coming to study in Italy remain small compared with those from other countries in the Southeast Asia region.

In 2016, the Italian Foreign Ministry offered numerous scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in the country, she said.

The workshop not only attractred attention from education facilities but also from representatives of some Italian small and medium-sized enterprises which have demand for labor recruitment for their investment projects in Vietnam.

Minh Hang