MIL-OSI Asia-Pac: Vietnamese studies help to facilitate the country’s integration, development

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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in coordination with the Vietnam National University Hanoi recently co-organised the sixth international conference on Vietnamese studies themed ‘Vietnam’s Active Integration and Sustainable Development’. The event shed light on Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and its outcomes in the integration process while promoting image of an active, creative and successful Vietnam to the world.

In addition, the conference offered an opportunity for domestic and foreign researchers to share their research findings about Vietnam, thereby making recommendations and proposing solutions to promote the country’s integration and sustainable development.

Participants at the event also discussed achievements in the research and teaching of Vietnamese studies and pointed out some of the limitations in this work.

They stressed the need to conduct further research and devise more specific solutions to promote Vietnam’s cultural values and traditional identity in the process of international integration.

According to President Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Associate Professor Dr. Bui Nhat Quang, attendants at this year’s conference touched upon diversified contents relating to different fields and sectors of social sciences and humanities, from ideology, history, linguistics, literature and ethnicity to economics, politics, culture and social issues in Vietnam.

At a Vietnamese-teaching class for foreigners at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Photo: USSH)

Facts have indicated an increase in the number of researches on Vietnam in recent years. Initially, many scholars around the world began researching about Vietnam just to figure out how the country could win the resistance wars against such strong foreign invaders.

But then the history, culture, people and country of Vietnam attracted more attention from scholars from Russia, France, Japan, and China. To date, more and more young Vietnamese researchers have shown their interest in Vietnamese studies and have authored many excellent papers.

Vietnamese studies in general include the study of Vietnam and things related to Vietnam. It especially refers to the study of modern Vietnamese and the respective literature, history, ethnology, and philological approach.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Xuan Dinh, a former official at the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnamese studies was established in early 2000s and it was taught at 76 universities and colleges across the country in 2007. Since its launch, Vietnamese studies has drawn great interest from many foreign scientists as well as Overseas Vietnamese living abroad.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that, besides the opportunities and advantages, Vietnam, like many other countries, is facing many challenges and difficulties which need to be properly recognised and resolved in its development and integration.

He stated that scientists, including those working on Vietnamese studies, need to continue studying to seek ways for tapping into the country’s values and potential so that it can develop in a faster and more sustainable manner.

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