The university’s staff, students and partners were joined at the ceremony by Politburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, and Minister of Science and Arts at the German state of Hessen Boris Rhein.
Speaking at the event, Nhan, who were among the initiators of the idea of establishing the VGU a decade ago, said the facility has trained Vietnamese students in line with European and German standards, contributing to producing a high-quality workforce in science and technology for Vietnam.
Over the past 10 years, the VGU has contributed to raising tertiary education quality in Vietnam to be on par with advanced establishments in the region and in the world, he stated.
Deputy PM Dam said the university is a symbol of Vietnam – Germany friendship and educational cooperation.
Highlighting the importance of education and training in boosting the national competitiveness, particularly amid the 4th Industrial Revolution, the official urged the VGU to continue improving its apparatus and management, boosting cooperation to build modern and quality training programmes, and developing its human resources.
He said he expects the VGU’s success will have far-reaching impact on other Vietnamese universities in contribution to the country’s comprehensive educational reform.
The official thanked the German Government, Hessen state, World Bank, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City authorities, as well as several organisations and enterprises for their assistance for the development of the university in the past decade.
The university also signed a pact on education and training for Industrial 4.0 with Siemens Vietnam Company.
The VGU has partnered with nine leading German universities in providing 11 training programmes at graduate and postgraduate levels. It has so far trained 2,200 students, with 674 of them receiving degrees granted from German partner universities of the VGU.