Le Mai Anh of the Overseas Vietnamese Students Club said these links would also keep them abreast of the Govern-ment’s policies and encourage the students to come up with ideas for the nation’s development.
VietNamNet Bridge - The HCM City government and the Viet Nam Students’ Association should strengthen their ties with Vietnamese students studying abroad so that their expertise could be tapped in future, a scholar told a congress held by the association yesterday.
She told city leaders that the students should be informed regularly about the country’s developments and job opportunities and their contribution to the country should be formally recognised.
With this kind of encouragement, they would bring back their skills for use in Viet Nam, she said.
Many wanted to return and contribute to the country but they needed more information about the jobs available here, she added.
Nguyen Thanh Doan, deputy head of the association in HCM City, said the establishment of an overseas Vietnamese students association to maintain links with Vietnamese studying abroad was under discussion with city authorities.
In the future the city plans to organise an online exchange with students abroad.
The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Viet Nam Youth Federation, and the Viet Nam Students Association held an online exchange with overseas students in Ha Noi on Thursday.
Nguyen Van Dua, deputy secretary of the city’s Party Committee, said the city would create the best possible conditions for these students.
Anh said the Overseas Vietnamese Students Club’s HCM City unit had many programmes to attract Vietnamese studying abroad back to the country.
"It regularly holds online exchanges with them while many return home to do charity during the Mid-autumn Festival and Christmas," she said.
"It is also important that they hold exchanges with students at city universities, helping their peers develop soft skills and providing information about studying abroad," she said, adding the club would organise a university tour for overseas students this year.