On August 22, 2023, a delegation from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ba Chien, NAPA President, worked with the Singapore Civil Service College (CSC). The delegation was received by Ms. Ong Toon Hui, Dean and CEO of CSC.
On the side of CSC, there was also Mr. Roger Tan, Assistant CEO (International). On the side of MoHA of Viet Nam, there were Mr. Nguyen Tien Dao, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the CPV Committee of MoHA. On the side of NAPA, there were leaders of the NAPA Branch Campus in Ho Chi Minh City, the Department of International Cooperation, the Department of Refresher Training Management, and the Institute of Administrative Studies.
During the working session, both sides exchanged experiences in developing training programs for public leaders and managers to ensure consistency and cohesion in operating principles and ethical values throughout the public service system; strengths of international training, a key collaboration aspect of CSC; experiences in online training program development; experiences in engaging leaders of ministries, sectors and visiting lecturers in training, especially when the College only has non-permanent trainers.
Acknowledging the collaboration outcomes between the two sides, based on the capacity to design and implement international training programs of CSC and the demand for international training development in Viet Nam, both sides unanimously agreed to continue implementing the following collaborative activities:
(1) Cooperating to implement collaboration activities within the framework of the ASEAN Network of Public Service Training Institutes, thereby improving the capabilities of public servants across ASEAN countries in general and in Viet Nam and Singapore in particular;
(2) Coordinating in developing programs and organizing overseas training courses, and combined domestic and overseas training for public leaders and managers at central and local levels, especially source Vietnamese public leaders at the provincial level, focusing on areas of expertise of Singapore;
(3) Co-developing international cooperation projects, such as jointly developing and conducting joint research on the need to enhance the capabilities of public leaders and managers, serving as a foundation for developing high-quality international training programs that align with the practical needs of participants;
(4) CSC to provide support to NAPA in developing the capabilities of NAPA civil servants and trainers in designing high-quality international training programs for public leaders and managers.
The two sides agreed to promote and deepen the strategic and systematic cooperation on the basis of the practical needs of each party and involve international partners in the development and implementation of international training programs. The collaborative activities in training are not only to provide services but also to enhance the quality of leaders and managers in the public service as well as in state-owned enterprises, thereby contributing to the process of public service renewal in each country.