The South Korean government has given a US$1.8 million grant to Viet Nam to establish the ASEAN Cyber University.
HA NOI —
The money will be dispensed by the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA).
Quach Tuan Ngoc, director of the Informatic Department at the Ministry of Education and Training, and Lee Wook Heon, KOICA Viet Nam's chief representative, signed a memorandum of understanding on the non-refundable loan in Ha Noi yesterday.
"Extension of e-learning and e-training systems will not only contribute to reforming the education environment and human-resource training but is a symbol of the tight co-operative relations between Korea and Viet Nam as well as Korea and ASEAN," Lee said.
As part of the project, the Ha Noi Science and Technology University will develop an e-learning and training and a facility support centre.
The university project comes under the framework of a co-operation deal between South Korea and ASEAN countries that include Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam.
Viet Nam meanwhile will support other countries acting within the technology hub.
KOIKA said Viet Nam had the most advanced informatic and technology infrastructure among the four countries.
More than 20 per cent of Viet Nam's State budget is spent on education.
It is hoped the project will raise training standards and boost e-learning in ASEAN.
The ASEAN Cyber University project was initiated at the Korea-ASEAN Summit in 2009. — VNS