On 17 July 2019 during his official visit the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha. During the meeting Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasized Latvia's interest in developing more active cooperation with Vietnam in the field of education, especially in higher education. Latvian universities are interested in attracting students from Vietnam, as well as implementing joint projects in the field of education and science.
After the ministerial meeting a solemn ceremony was held during which the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Minister of Education and Training of Vietnam Phung Xuan Nha signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of education between the Government of the Republic of Latvia and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed confidence that the agreement will facilitate the exchange of experience in the field of education, direct cooperation between educational and scientific institutions, as well as facilitate the exchange of information and consultations on mutual recognition of educational documents, professional qualifications and academic degrees obtained in both countries. Latvia is also interested in negotiating an agreement on mutual recognition of higher education degrees and qualifications.
Existing cooperation with Vietnam has mainly been in the formats of the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Education Process, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and EU programs and projects. The new agreement will strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of education, including the promotion of Latvian higher education exports and international competitiveness.
The ministerial meeting was attended by the Vice-Rector of Riga Technical University Igors Tipāns, as well as representatives from the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia and the companies JSC “Wasserkabel”, JSC “Grindeks” and Ltd “HORTUS Digital”.
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