The Stronger bond between Japan and Vietnam are reflected in Education
A sign of time, for the first time ever, the Japanese language will soon be taught in some public elementary school in a South-East Asian country, namely Vietnam. In this country, it has been more than ten years since the Japanese language has been taught in High School – reaching 50 high schools in the largest Vietnamese cities, and counting. But teaching elementary school kids is new. What’s interesting is that this is not just the result of both governments’ closer ties. This is also the result of demand by Vietnamese parents. In other words, Japanese culture is increasingly popular in other Asian countries – not only in Europe and North America.
A recent poll showed that 62% of Vietnamese people like Japanese culture and 32% think that the Japanese language would be beneficial for their jobs.
As a matter of fact, there are more Vietnamese students studying in Japan than in the US and China. Vietnamese students represent the second foreign student population in Japan, after China. In Higher Education, the number of Vietnamese students nearly doubled within a year (from 11,000 in 2014 to 20,000 in 2015), while there were almost 19,000 Vietnamese students in Japanese language schools in 2015 (almost as many as Chinese students), compared to 15,000 in 2014.
Academic ties between Japan and Vietnam include high education as well. Vietnam-Japan university will open in Hanoi this fall.
Evidently, the relationship between Vietnam and Japan is building and has never been so strong.