The Center for Human Resource Development (CHRD) is a new organizational entity within the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City. It was established for the purpose of disseminating current research findings in the field of human resource development, and for implementing educational research aimed at finding ways to improve the quality of training in Vietnam. Its research and training functions aim to develop high quality human resources for the Vietnamese educational system and, through education, to improve the quality of the skilled work-force needed for socio-economic development.
The CHRD is a think-tank type organization with a four-part mission. First, it will collect and disseminate current information and knowledge with regard to education and human resource development for the leaders, administrators and faculty members throughout Vietnam; second, it will link academics in Vietnam and abroad for the purpose of conducting educational research; and third, it will develop recommendations for national government policy-makers and administrators in education concerning development strategies. Realizing that there is a long difficult road ahead to achieve comprehensive reform in education in Vietnam, CHRD will provide training services to members of the labor market; i.e., providing young people with the additional skills, beyond those provided in their formal education, needed to fill the gap between school and the workplace.
By providing knowledge to educational and workplace practitioners, CHRD strengthens internationalization and improves the quality of the Vietnamese educational system. More clearly stated, CHRD aims to be a link between academia, policy-makers and industry to help improve the quality of the country’s human resources thus enhancing socio-economic development.