Conference spotlights open education in human resource development
Updated : Thursday, October 25, 2018 9:49 AM (GMT+0700)

The32nd annual conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities(AAOU) opened in Hanoi on October 24, bringing together about 400 delegatesfrom 20 countries and territories worldwide.

At the event - Source: VNA

Themed “Open Education inHuman Resource Development for Asia in Period of Integration,” the conferenceprovides a platform for academics and administrators to exchange views andexperiences in open and distance learning. Some 270 presentations have beensubmitted to share study findings and hands-on experience on the importance ofopen and distance learning in Asia’s human resource development in integration.

The event, which runs throughOctober 26, is expected to foster research in open and distance learning andpave the way for expanding partnership among educational institutions in theregion and the world.

It will address the followingsub-themes - Human Resource Development in Open Universities; Open Education inTechnical, Vocational, and Skills Development; Education Practices in ForeignLanguages and Academic Disciplines; and New Technologies in Open Education –during six parallel sessions.

In his opening remarks, DeputyMinister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc said against the backdrop oftoday’s globalisation and international integration, each country is requiredto have a competent workforce that meets international standards. They must bedaring and have knowledge on and interest in foreign culture, as well as goodcommunication and foreign language skills, he noted.

He spoke highly of theconference’s theme and expected presentations and ideas delivered at the eventwill lay a basis for further developing educational methods, programmes andsystems to facilitate the provision of skilled workers who can keep up with thegrowing trend of globalisation in all sectors.

Founded in 1987, the AAOU is anon-profit organisation of higher learning institutions that are primarilyconcerned with open and distance education. It strives to widen the educationalopportunities available to all people in Asia, improve the quality of theinstitutions in terms of their educational management, teaching and research,and promote education by distance teaching systems.

Hanoi Open University has beena member of the AAOU for 18 years that have expanded cooperation with a numberof member institutions. The University hosted the 24th AAOUconference in 2010.


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