On March 7th 2018, National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and University of Tampere co-organized the seminar “Knowledge as a Driver of Socio-Economic Development” and “Quality Management in Education: Finnish Experience and Lessons Learnt for Vietnam” in the framework of the training and research cooperation between NAPA and University of Tampere. The presentation was delivered by Professor Antti Lönnqvist, Dean of Management Faculty, University of Tampere. Dr. Nguyen Dang Que, NAPA Vice President chaired the seminar.
Present in the seminar were, 40 NAPA staff and lecturers.
In the opening speech, Dr. Nguyen Dang Que thanked Professor Antti Lönnqvist for his contribution in tightening the relationship between NAPA and University of Tampere. He emphasized that knowledge is a strength of an organization, a country and becomes a very important factor in competition. Identifying, producing, acquiring, transferring, storing, using knowledge for strategic values will promote socio-economic development which is crucial and significant for any country. Regarding the second topic of the seminar, Dr. Nguyen Dang Que stated that management of training quality is one of NAPA’s focuses which he wanted to discuss more and exchange experiences in the seminar. NAPA staff and lecturers were encouraged to take this opportunity to actively ask and exchange ideas with ProfessorAnttiLönnqvist who has both theoretical and practical expertise and experience.
In the seminar, Professor Antti Lönnqvist emphasized the role of knowledge as the driver of development for each country and organization and in making a world class organization. He also analyzed the transformation of Tampere city from an industry based city to a knowledge based city, which is an example of knowledge management in socio-economic development. The presentation also mentioned many issues in regional planning such as how to attract organizations and institutions with intense knowledge, attract high knowledge employees, to maintain knowledge asset, to ensure new ideas and plans, to support training activities and using new knowledge; to invest to support the implementation of the above matters.
Professor Antti Lönnqvist also mentioned the essential factors in training quality, changing in quality thinking as well as the experience in quality management and development of quality management system at University of Tampere. The issues of how to attract knowledge intense organizations to localities, promote strengths and identify areas for development in training quality management and knowledge management in Vietnam are also discussed in the seminar.