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Lancang-Mekong International Vocational Institute

Updated:2017-12-31 16:31:41   english.yunnan.cn

A shared benefit through discussion and collaboration by six countries   

A profile:

The Lancang-Mekong International Vocational Institute (LMIVI) is located at the Wanding Economic Development Zone, in Ruili City, west Yunnan’s Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture. Jointly built by Yunnan Minzu University and the People’s Government of Ruili City, the LMIVI is a public vocational college eligible to offer undergraduate programs and a second-class college of Yunnan Minzu University. It focuses on cultivating high-quality talents of practical skills that suit the needs of socio-economic development in the Lancang-Mekong region. Being international, application-oriented and in the border areas, the LMIVI mainly offers applied undergraduate education, including undergraduate programs and junior-college programs with academic records, as well as non-academic training programs and others. All programs are open to Chinese and international students.

The foundation-stone laying and construction ceremony of the Lancang-Mekong International Vocational Institute was held in west Yunnan’s border city of Ruili on December 17, 2017.

The beginning of LMIVI construction is a marked achievement by Yunnan, a leading province in the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation(LMC), opening a new chapter for vocational education cooperation among the six Lancang-Mekong countries.

Why should we build such an institute? Mi Mi Aung, vice-president of Yangon University of Foreign Languages ​​in Myanmar, explains: "In today's world, the future development of a country depends more on the quality of its talents than the abundance of its natural resources and economic prosperity."

According to Saykham Phanthavong, Party secretary and president of Pakpasak Technical College in Vientiane, Lao PDR, cooperation in vocational education has everything to do with the common development of individuals and the Mekong region. "Under the LMC mechanism and the building of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), we should give vocational education a bigger role in socio-economic development, so as to realize a vision of sustained regional and individual development at a faster pace."

Promoting the development of vocational education and related cooperation is the common aspirations of the six countries in the Lancang-Mekong region: Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and China. It was under such a circumstance that Yunnan Minzu University established the LMIVI in December 2016, supported by Chinese Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Yunnan Provincial People's Government.

"Vocational education enables ordinary people to make a difference, while enriching the mass and boosting the industries. Building the LMIVI will allow countries in the region to benefit from China’s vocational education experience, cultivate talents with technical skills, and promote integrated development of education, culture and industry in the six countries." Chen Luyan, Party secretary of Yunnan Minzu University, said.

Vice mayor of Ruili City Zhao Ruiren said, "Building the LMIVI in Ruili is very important for the city’s development and opening up. Our industrial growth needs high-quality labor force. The college in Ruili will train technical talents for the industrial development in China, Southeast Asia and South Asia."

The phrase "1+6+6+6+N" is frequently mentioned by the LMIVI management. In the phrase, “1” refers to one Lancang-Mekong vocational education base/alliance, the first “6” means that the LMIVI is guided by governments of six countries through discussion, the second “6” means first-class colleges and universities in six countries should take the lead in building the LMIVI, and the third “6” indicates the LMIVI board of directors should come from all six countries. “N” stands for the unlimited number of the LMIVI’s partners from industries, enterprises, universities, research institutes and others.

"The Lancang-Mekong countries are rich in agricultural resources, but lacks technical advantages. For example, the LMIVI may offer agriculture-related programs in the future. After enrollment, the recruited students will have language training in the LMIVI, and then they will be sent to a certain agricultural vocational and technical college of the alliance for technical learning," said Yin Shitang, head of the LMIVI. In September 2018, the LMIVI will begin recruitment in the Mekong countries, and based on the industrial development in Ruili and the actual needs of neighboring countries, targeted programs will be available then.

The LMC vocational education, like an educational ark that will bring shared benefit through discussion and collaboration by six countries, has set sail. Along the Lancang-Mekong River, the boat will sow the seeds of friendship and hope, bringing a better life to the people of all six countries.

Myanmar is vigorously developing vocational education as it is essential for a country to reduce poverty and boost growth. The establishment of the LMIVI will not only promote communications of the six countries, but also provide good opportunities for students from the Mekong region to learn vocational skills.
---U Soe Paing, consul general of Myanmar in Kunming

The construction of the LMIVI is very important and will help countries in the Lancang-Mekong region better respond to the problems caused by globalization. Laos lacks highly-skilled workers in attracting foreign investment. At the same time, Laos needs to be better linked to the region and integrated into the international community. Therefore, vocational education is crucial to Laos and other Mekong countries.
---Khamphone Vongsanty, consul general of Laos in Kunming

By Han Chengyuan & Su Churan 

Keywords:   Lancang-Mekong Institute
Editor: Eric Wang