Kobe University’s Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) has been implementing a joint education project with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCO Bangkok). The project has been supported financially by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology of Japan (MEXT) since April, 2013. During the 2014/15 academic year, GSICS and UNESCO Bangkok have focused on education finance and administration at the provincial and district levels and have developed the training guidebook in English, Vietnamese, Lao, and Khmer languages after conducting a field study in Vietnam, Lao and Cambodia.

Using the local language guidebooks, the team, led by Professor Keiichi Ogawa, provided a training workshop to the central and provincial government officers. In the workshop, the team reviewed the flexibility and practicability of the guidebook to meet the local contexts on education finance and administration issues. This guidebook was highly appreciated by Ministers and Vice Ministers for the quality, rich content and user-friendliness.

The workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was held at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MOEYS) from February 9 to 11, 2015. Around 40 government officials participated in the workshop including His Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of MOEYS, and Mr. Lim Sothea, Director of Planning Department. Education Specialist of UNESCO Cambodia, Program officer of UNESCO Bangkok and professors of Royal University of Phnom Penh.

0302hp-2The workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam was held at the Ministry of Education and Training from February 12 to 13 in 2015. Around 30 government officials participated in the workshop including His Excellency Dr. Nguyen Vinh Hien, Vice Minister of Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), and Dr. Prof. Le Khanh Tuan, Director of MOET. Prior to this workshop, the team had a courtesy visit to His Excellency Dr. Pham Vu Luan, Minister of MOET, and introduced the project’s objective and achievements so far. The Minister appreciated MEXT, Kobe University and UNESCO Bangkok and requested further assistance for education reforms in Vietnam.

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Category: Education Finance/Administration Project