Shaping future leaders of Vietnam

When Vietnam was going to train public sector controllers and officials for management of science, technology and public economics they chose LUSEM. Two courses were arranged during the year, commissioned by the Vietnamese government with the aim of helping these future leaders meet some of the country’s biggest challenges.

Since the 1990s, Vietnam has had an impressive growth rate of just under eight per cent and has taken millions out of poverty. In 2010, it achieved the status of a medium-income country. However, to safeguard this growth, the country must overcome deficiencies in its infrastructure, public sector and educational system, as well as speeding up the rate of technical development. To cope with the tough specification of requirements, the commissioned courses employed a number of leading researchers at the School across the disciplines of business administration, economics
and research policy.

“The breadth of the courses we were able to offer was undoubtedly part of the reason why they chose us”, says Agneta Kruse, who is in charge of the course in Public Economics Management.

Handpicked promising young managers

Ulf Ramberg, Senior Lecturer and one of the teachers on the course, describes how the course participants are equipped to be able to produce and make better decisions on management in infrastructure investments, state-owned enterprises and health care. The Vietnamese government handpicked promising young leaders from key provinces in Vietnam for the programme in Science and Technology Management provided by the Research Policy Institute. This course started on site in Hanoi, Vietnam, to be completed with a degree project in Lund.

Dao Thanh Truong from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi was the Vietnamese coordinator for the programme in Science and Technology Management. He says the
course was part of the Vietnamese government’s “Programme 165” which aims to improve skills in the country and stimulate development.
“The course helps improve the innovation system and the transfer of knowledge to both the private and public sectors”, says Bo Göransson, Senior Lecturer and coordinator for the programme
at the Research Policy Institute.

Won in competition with top universities

LUSEM won the procurement in competition with top universities in Germany, Australia and the UK. According to Dao Tha Troung, the School’s international outlook and high ranking were crucial
factors for its selection. The overall goal of the courses is to speed up the transition to a market economy in Vietnam through better decisions and
organisation of infrastructure, health care, education, research and technical development.

“My essay investigates paths to successful innovation policy for small and medium-sized enterprises in Can Tho City in southern Vietnam”, says Phong Nguyen Thanh, a course participant looking forward to the future.

At home in Vietnam, challenges await. The former students have now returned to their home provinces to put their newly acquired knowledge into practice.

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