(CPV) - “The Universities of Law in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City should continue to upgrade in legal training to meet the current requirements for judicial reform as well as adjust salary policies for cadres and lecturers in conformity with the specific nature of legal research and teaching work”, said State President Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi on January 30.
Sang, who is also Head of the Central Steering Committee on Judicial Reform, urged the two universities to promptly complete projects on building themselves into key schools for training legal officials during a working session with the leaders of these two universities. The session was also attended by Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong.
The two universities are leaders in both terms of scales and training quality among 22 legal training establishments in the country. At the meeting, leaders from both universities reported on the highlights of their training in the past years.
Since its establishment, the Hanoi -based University of Law has trained more than 80,000 cadres, accounting for 60% of the trained law staff, and is considered the leader among the 22 institutions for training judicial cadres across the country. The quality of students in all courses have step by step improved, meeting the demand of the current situation. It also conducted 17 State-level scientific research projects and compiled 122 undergraduate curricula, as well as expanded partnership with 20 foreign law-training institutes.
Meanwhile, in the past 15 years, the Ho Chi Minh – based University of Law has awarded bachelor’s degrees to 12,000 students. Since the 2009-2010 academic year, it carried out a high quality undergraduate pilot program that offers many new subjects taught in both Vietnamese and English.
However, some limitations still remain including the quality of the education is stable but falls short of meeting current necessary requirements; graduates still lack sufficient practical knowledge, skills and working methods; and the number of annual research projects undertaken is quite low.
Speaking at the event, President Sang asked leaders of the universities to complete building key schools for legal training and take the initiative in renovating the training model in line with Politburo Resolution 49. He also said it is necessary to include practical skills in the training process and increase focus on improving general knowledge and foreign languages to enable students to enhance their capacity to cope with international integration.
“2011-2016 is the first stage for comprehensively speeding up the modernization process, laying foundations for turning the country into an industrialized country in 2020, as well as building and perfecting the institutions of a law-governed socialist state. Therefore, the teaching staff of the two universities need to upgrade their teaching methods and update existing curricula with modern knowledge of international legal standards”, stressed President.
President Sang expressed his belief that in the next decade, the two universities will continue promoting their traditions to become prestigious law research centers, not only in Vietnam but also in the region, reaching modern levels of the world./.