On June 8th, 2019, NAPA celebrated its 60th Anniversary (May 29, 1959 – May 29, 2019). Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered a speech and presented the Second-class Labor Order to the Academy.
Presented at the ceremony were Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan; An Giang Provincial Party Secretary Vo Thi Anh Xuan; Vice Minister of Public Security Colonel General Nguyen Van Thanh; Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lieutenant-General Nguyen Tan Cuong; leaders of Ministry of Home Affairs, ministries, departments, provinces and cities; research institutes and training institutions.
Attending the event were leaders of Ministry of Home Affairs of Lao PDR; the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus; the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba; representatives from foreign missions in Vietnam, including France, Laos, and South Korea; representatives from American, German organizations.
Congratulatory flowers were sent to NAPA by Mr. Nguyen Sinh Hung, former Chairman of the National Assembly; Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, Head of the Party Central Organization Committee; Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh city; Ms. Truong Thi Mai, member of the Politburo, Head of the Central Committee for Mass Mobilization; Nguyen Van Nen – Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Chief of Office of the Party Central Committee.
From NAPA were NAPA President Dr. Dang Xuan Hoan; NAPA Vice Presidents: Dr. Vu Thanh Xuan, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Luong Thanh Cuong, Dr. Nguyen Dang Que; NAPA faculties and staff; NAPA students; reporters from news agencies to cover the event.
60 years of tradition
NAPA President Mr. Dang Xuan Hoan recalled the proud history and tradition of NAPA since its establishment in 1959 under the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Academy was under the Government for 25 years and currently, is defined as a special public non-business unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs by the Prime Minister’s Decision dated January 23, 2018. It has four campuses nationwide with a staff of more than 800 employees.
Over the last 60 years, NAPA has provided training courses for thousands of civil service, armed forces and state-owned enterprises. Many of NAPA students are holding important positions in the apparatus of the Party and governments at all levels, contributing significantly to socio-economic development of the country. It also delivers training to senior and middle-level officials from other countries such as Laos, Bangladesh, Philippines …
The Academy is known as a reliable master training provider in five majors, namely Public Management, Public Policy, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Economic Management, Finance – Banking; and doctoral training in Public Management. At the same time, NAPA promotes short training courses on administration, public management, public policy and teaching methods for lecturers and researchers of civil servant training institutions nationwide.
At present, NAPA is a state member of many international administrative organizations, extending cooperation with prestigious administrative training and research institutions around the world.
The Academy has been awarded many noble titles for its achievements during the past 60 years such as Order of Ho Chi Minh (2014); Independence Order (First, Second and Third-class); Second-class Labor Order (2019, for the second time). and many other noble titles.
NAPA determines to focus on improving its training, especially training on leadership and management for elites in the civil service and strategic officials at all levels; strengthening research to provide sound consultancy and advise for the Party and the State. NAPA continues to affirm its role as a national center for civil servant training and human resources training for the administrative, political system to build an enabling, modern public administration which promote entrepreneurship and integration. The Academy is striving to become a training center for leadership and management at regional and international level.
Innovation and contribution to the civil servant training
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc appreciated NAPA’s achievements and contributions to civil servant training of the country for the past 60 years. He affirmed that NAPA’s research on administrative science, leadership and management provided scientific rationales for the Party and the State to develop guidelines, strategies and policies on public administration, civil service and civil servants reforms as well as policy advise for state agencies and state-owned enterprises.
The Prime Minister requested innovation in the civil servant training. NAPA, as a national center for civil servant training, should go on with the spirit of innovation to contribute to the high-quality human resource training for the political system. NAPA needs to develop a training strategy, aiming at building a contingent of qualified, competent civil servant at all levels, especially at the strategic level, who possess public ethics and high performance in the context of international integration. Knowledge and skill training should be accompanied with ethics training. Civil servants should be trained to improve their competence to build an enabling public administration with integrity, promote public governance and entrepreneurship, and wholeheartedly serve the people and the country.
In order to accomplish the training task, NAPA is required to develop its teaching staff who have not only sound expertise but also deep insights of public management, show public ethics and strong political position. NAPA should extend a network of visiting trainers who are prestigious experts, practitioners, and academics. Training materials and courseware should be renovated to serve as guides on management for all public officials. NAPA should provide practice-oriented training and promote application of information technology in its training, which facilitates public officials to easily access to practical management knowledge. Research at NAPA should provide policy advise and recommendations in terms of public management to the Party and State.
Expressing the emotion and pride of a NAPA alumnus, the Prime Minister sent a message to NAPA students that every student should promote their activeness in studying, promote self-study, apply learning to practice to become competent public officials with public ethics, contributing to leadership of the Party and the government bodies at all levels.
On behalf of the Party and State leaders, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presented the Second-class Labor Order and the statue of President Ho Chi Minh to the National Academy of Public Administration.
The Prime Minister awarded Certificates of Merit to 3 units and 5 individuals of the Academy for outstanding achievements in their work and contribution to the cause of socialism construction and country protection. The Minister of Home Affairs rewarded 8 units and 41 individuals for their excellent performance and contribution to NAPA’s development.