An inaugural workshop between RMIT and the Mekong Research Institute has been held in Vietnam as part of a joint research agreement into human resources issues in the Mekong Delta.
Over 100 participants attended the workshop at Can Tho University, including high profile government representatives from 11 provinces, six universities research institutes and a cross-section of regional businesses.
In their opening speeches, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Can Tho University, Professor Le Viet Dung, and the Head of RMIT’s School of Management, Professor Pauline Stanton, spoke of the innovative opportunities for research collaboration between human resource management and scientific environmental studies of their respective institutes.
“This is a very significant conference that brings together leading international, national and local academics, key policy-makers and decision-makers, and business leaders from international organisations and NGOs,” Stanton said.
“It is the first time such a conference has been held in this region and will require patience and persistence. This is what we are commencing here today.”
RMIT’s Dr Ngan Collins presented during the workshop and outlined the important first step that has been taken to undertake a human resource needs analysis as part of an environmental research scan.
“Data collected is both rich and extensive and will enable analysis of human resource development needs currently, and in the future, as climate change increasingly affects the Mekong Delta,” Collins said.
Professor Sandra Jones and Professor Ray Gordon, also from RMIT, facilitated open sessions with participants that identified a range of issues related to increasing the amount, quality and innovation in education and training that requires further research.
Jones said all participants emphasised the importance of collaboration between universities, industry and government to develop the technical skills needed to enable industry to move to “high end” manufacture.
Story: Sandra Jones and Rita Truong