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Critical manpower shortages loom over Vietnamese shipbuilding

Critical manpower shortages loom over Vietnamese shipbuilding

Hanoi: One of the world's fastest growing shipbuilding nations is not producing nearly enough yard workers to keep up with its meteoric growth. Vietnam annually completes training of around 3,000 people for the domestic shipbuilding industry, meeting around 50 percent of its manpower demand, according to a local education agency.

Specialized schools, colleges and universities in Vietnam annually turn out 600-700 engineers and 2,000-3,000 workers in shipbuilding-related fields, meeting 40-60 percent of the industry's demand for human resources, said the Higher Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Training.

Old teaching methods and facilities, shortage of qualified lecturers, and lack of close ordination between educational establishments and shipbuilding enterprises are mainly contributed to the manpower shortage.

Vietnam is striving to have at least two local shipbuilding-related universities which will have training connections with foreign entities this year, the department said.  [22/02/08]