Vietnam’s youth “optimistic” about next 15 years – study

Vietnam’s youth is confident and optimistic about the direction their country is going in terms of economic and societal development, and also that living conditions and household income will be sustainably improved, a new study found.

Some 72 per cent of 1,200 Vietnamese youngsters and adolescents said they believe that in the next 15 years things “will get better” than they were before 2019, while 37 per cent said they plan to run their own business in the future rather than work for employers, according to a report entitled “Next Generation Vietnam” recently released by the British Council.

The report notes that the majority of youngsters are confident that Vietnam as a whole was “working hard” to improve the living conditions of all its citizens.

They expressed optimism about education and employment opportunities in the future, while hoping for more practical training programmes, according to the report, of which the British Council, a UK-based organisation focusing on international cultural and educational opportunities, says it is part of a series of surveys that aims to help young people in countries that are experiencing important socio-economic changes to raise their voice.

More than a third of Vietnam’s youth want to start their own business

The report further showed that an entrepreneurial spirit thrives in Vietnam, based on the findings that 37 per cent of respondents to the report’s survey plan to eventually start their own business, regardless of their socio-economic background. During interviews and focus group discussions, respondents lauded entrepreneurship as offering an authority and freedom unmatched by working for others.

Education in Vietnam is improving too. Some 77 per cent of the people surveyed feel that schooling has improved since the previous generation. But still, 68 per cent believe that people of their age have difficulties finding jobs in their chosen field. This gap underscores the need to continue retooling school curricula to meet 21st century demands, through teaching skills such as creative communication, critical thinking and time management, the report noted.

“Dramatic societal changes“ for the younger generation

At the same time, Vietnam’s opening up to the world has led to dramatic societal changes felt by the new generation. Their lives are intensely digitised and interwoven with Internet access and social media, the latter of which plays a crucial role in defining identity for around one-third of respondents, the study found.

With more information and global exchange, social values are shifting as well. Evidence from discussion groups showed that young Vietnamese take great pride in improved gender equality in the country and feel excited that society is becoming increasingly modernised and open-minded. That said, 39 per cent of the respondents rank gender equality among their top five priority issues.

The entrepreneurial spirit among Vietnam’s youth also underlines the need for the country to enhance the role and involvement of youngsters in developing issues and equipping them with modern skills such as self-study, English, computer skills and group working capabilities, the report said.



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Vietnam’s youth is confident and optimistic about the direction their country is going in terms of economic and societal development, and also that living conditions and household income will be sustainably improved, a new study found. Some 72 per cent of 1,200 Vietnamese youngsters and adolescents said they believe that in the next 15 years things “will get better” than they were before 2019, while 37 per cent said they plan to run their own business in the future rather than work for employers, according to a report entitled “Next Generation Vietnam” recently released by the British Council. The report...

Vietnam’s youth is confident and optimistic about the direction their country is going in terms of economic and societal development, and also that living conditions and household income will be sustainably improved, a new study found.

Some 72 per cent of 1,200 Vietnamese youngsters and adolescents said they believe that in the next 15 years things “will get better” than they were before 2019, while 37 per cent said they plan to run their own business in the future rather than work for employers, according to a report entitled “Next Generation Vietnam” recently released by the British Council.

The report notes that the majority of youngsters are confident that Vietnam as a whole was “working hard” to improve the living conditions of all its citizens.

They expressed optimism about education and employment opportunities in the future, while hoping for more practical training programmes, according to the report, of which the British Council, a UK-based organisation focusing on international cultural and educational opportunities, says it is part of a series of surveys that aims to help young people in countries that are experiencing important socio-economic changes to raise their voice.

More than a third of Vietnam’s youth want to start their own business

The report further showed that an entrepreneurial spirit thrives in Vietnam, based on the findings that 37 per cent of respondents to the report’s survey plan to eventually start their own business, regardless of their socio-economic background. During interviews and focus group discussions, respondents lauded entrepreneurship as offering an authority and freedom unmatched by working for others.

Education in Vietnam is improving too. Some 77 per cent of the people surveyed feel that schooling has improved since the previous generation. But still, 68 per cent believe that people of their age have difficulties finding jobs in their chosen field. This gap underscores the need to continue retooling school curricula to meet 21st century demands, through teaching skills such as creative communication, critical thinking and time management, the report noted.

“Dramatic societal changes“ for the younger generation

At the same time, Vietnam’s opening up to the world has led to dramatic societal changes felt by the new generation. Their lives are intensely digitised and interwoven with Internet access and social media, the latter of which plays a crucial role in defining identity for around one-third of respondents, the study found.

With more information and global exchange, social values are shifting as well. Evidence from discussion groups showed that young Vietnamese take great pride in improved gender equality in the country and feel excited that society is becoming increasingly modernised and open-minded. That said, 39 per cent of the respondents rank gender equality among their top five priority issues.

The entrepreneurial spirit among Vietnam’s youth also underlines the need for the country to enhance the role and involvement of youngsters in developing issues and equipping them with modern skills such as self-study, English, computer skills and group working capabilities, the report said.



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