Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan attended the international workshop on Monodzukuri for Sustainable Development at the University of Danang



The Seminar on Monodzukuri for Sustainable Development was organized by The University of Danang (UD) in coordination with The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS), Japan on November10, 2017.  Attendees at the Seminar were Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy (METI), Trade and Industry, Mr. Shinya Kuwayama, President of AOTS, AOTS’s alumni, leader representatives and students of UD.

Mr. Hiroshige Seko – Minister of METI shaked hand with Prof. Dr. Tran Van Nam – President of UD

Within the cooperation framework between UD and Japanese partners, the Seminar aimed to introduce AOTS’s program, monodzukuri, thereby promoting international economic cooperation and strengthening the friendly relationship between Japan and Vietnam through the training and development of human resources for enterprises. In the agenda of the Seminar, Mr. Akiyoshi Kuwayama, President of AOTS, presented the certification on Ambassador to Human Resource Development to Mr. Pham Ngoc Tuan - President of AOTS Vietnam Alumni Society (AVAS). As the ambassador role of the Monodzukuri program, Mr. Pham Ngoc Tuan will continue to develop human resource training and development activities, contributing to the spread of Japanese-style production management that positively contributes to Vietnam’s economic development.  

From the right: Mr. Shinya Kuwayama – President of AOTS; Mr. Hiroshige Seko – Minister of METI and Mr. Pham Ngoc Tuan – President of AVAS

Speaking at the Seminar, Minister Hiroshige Seko said that up until now, more than 120 Japanese businesses have invested in Danang and are operating in various fields. High quality human resource is the key reason that Japanese businesses invested in Vietnam’s market. He also acknowledged and appreciated the contributions to industry and human resource development that Mr. Pham Ngoc Tuan and Prof. Tran Van Nam have done for the next generation.

The Minister Hiroshige Seko delivered speech

Sharing with students, Prof. Tran Van Nam said that Monozukuri implies showing skill, spirit, passion and pride in the ability to perform activities to create high quality products. The meaning of Monozukuri is not an iterative repetition but requires creative thinking associated with the ingenuity and skill of the workers.

Prof. Tran Van Nam shared experiences at the Seminar

It is known that AOTS is a non-profit organization operating with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Since its inception in 1959, AOTS has been holding training programs in Japan for engineers and managers in developing countries.

For over half a decade, the AOTS Association has been providing technical assistance for sustainable development.

As the Minister of METI, Mr. Hiroshige Seko said that the Ministry was implementing a project for trainees’ recruitment for businesses in Japan. And in the past year, the Vietnamese students who participated in this project, through the Monozukuri training course, have learned the culture and working style of Japanese businesses.

"These potential students are important human resources contributing to the deep and wide development of the relationship between Vietnam and Japan," said Japan's Minister of METI.

"With the large participation of AOTS Alumni, together with the active involvement of UD, we expect the Vietnam-Japan friendship to grow stronger," said AOTS President.

The Seminar also focused on the cooperation between Vietnam and Japan in recent years, especially the importance of developing industrial human resources in Vietnam, thereby providing students with the knowledge of Japanese education. The useful courses introduced and shared at the Seminar were expected to be the place for students to confidently enter the learning environment and labor market after graduation.

Group photo taking of President of AOTS, President of AVAS and President of UD