VietNamNet Bridge – Young public servant Nguyen Anh Duc was chosen to be sent abroad for a master’s degree as part of a programme instituted by the HCM City Party Committee in 2001.
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Duc, who returned after a two-year course, joined the Saigon Union of Trading Co-operatives (Saigon Co.op), and within a year was promoted as director of its planning and investment department.
He is one of 256 civil servants and fresh graduates with outstanding academic records who went abroad under the 300 Master’s and doctoral degree training programme between 2001 and 2004 at a cost of more than VND115 billion (US$6 million) to the city.
They pursued master’s and doctoral degrees in economics, public administration, science and technology, urban management, social and cultural studies, and law in 74 universities in 14 countries.
Of them, 216 have been appointed to city departments and agencies and public companies, 60 per cent of them in managerial positions.
In 2007-10 the programme targeted training a further 500 officials. But it managed to nominate only 479 of whom 328 have completed their course.
Nguyen Thi Lan, deputy head of the programme’s steering board, said the programme along with the city’s long-term plans for public administration implemented since 1999 had helped achieve a breakthrough in training young officials for the city.
More than 1,000 young people had been selected for training of whom more than 340 work in managerial positions at State agencies, she said.
The city leads the country in the proportion of young civil servants, with half of all senior officials at ward and commune levels being in their 30’s.
VietNamNet/Viet Nam News
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