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Army College No.1 renovates education and training

Facing the increasing requirements for the quality of Army’s officers, over the years, the Army College No.1 has thoroughly grasped the resolutions and directives of the Party, Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defence, and Ministry of Education and Training on education and training and implemented through multiple creative, practical, and effective solutions to contributing to the supply of high-quality human resources to meet the requirements of building a "revolutionary, regular, elite, increasingly modern" Military.

First of all, the College has adhered to the training objectives and requirements and actual situation of grassroots units and renovated the training contents and programs towards "standardisation and modernisation". Based on regulations on the output standards under the framework programs of the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of National Defence and training objects, over the past time, the College has focused on leading and directing to develop, adjust, and supplement training contents and programs. Particularly, importance has been attached to comprehensive fostering and development in terms of ethical qualities, lifestyle, and practical capacity basing on the positions its cadets will hold after graduation; reducing theories, and increasing the volume of specialised knowledge, practice, night training, combined drills, foreign languages, ​​and internship. At the same time, attention has been paid to fostering skills in conducting the Party and political work at unit level and "soft" skills for cadets; building revolutionary vigilance and enhancing their resistance and "immunity" against the plots and tricks of hostile forces. During the implementation process, the College has closely followed the superiors’ direction and cooperated with agencies and units in the whole Military in conducting research and surveys to promptly detect inadequacies and limitations in knowledge, training methods, and skills for commanding and conducting the Party and political work. Thereby, it has directed the relevant forces to review the content and program of each subject for each training object; built, adjusted, updated, and supplemented new and missing contents and dismissed inappropriate contents to gradually standardise the volume of knowledge and skills to be acquired in each topic, subject, semester, academic year, and the entire course. Annually, it adjusts and supplements the programs to meet the requirements and tasks of cadres after graduation. This is the scientific basis for the College to continue improving the education and training quality to meet the goals of building the Military in the new period.

Rector of the College helps a cadet wear insignia at a convocation

Along with renovating the training contents and programs, the College has paid special attention to renovating training and studying methods to constantly improving the standardised output quality for the objects. To well implement this important breakthrough, the College has drastically directed to renovate the interactive learner-centered method and promote the initiative and activeness of cadets; applied science, technologies, and modern technical means in management, training, research, and studying; closely combined knowledge provision and imparting of practical experiences in management, commanding, and combat with regular education and fostering of cadets’ qualities and personalities under the training goals and physical and discipline training for cadres. At the same time, it has actively organised methodological activities with importance being attached to regular and irregular training inspection at all levels to promptly draw experience lessons and overcome limitations and shortcomings. In the general round rehearsals, the College has directed to renovate both contents and methods; develop scenarios and situations relevant to actual combat conditions; and improve capacity and practical skills for commanding, advising, handling tactical situations, and conducting the Party and political work in combat. In addition, the College has also attached great importance to improving the quality of self-study and maintaining and implementing well the 9th-period activity plans and afternoon sports hours to foster practical capacity, endurance, and flexibility of the cadets to turn training into self-training and meet the requirements of tasks in the harsh environment of military operations. As a result, through surveying and assessing the quality of the College’s cadets graduating from recent courses and working in a number of units, the rate of good task completion is over 88%, making an important contribution to improving the quality of unit-level cadres and gradually modernising the Military.

Identifying trainers as one of the factors determining the quality of training, the College has focused on renovating the building and development of its teaching staff to meet the requirements and tasks. It has taken the initiative in planning, arranging, using, and fostering the staff in short-term, medium-term, and long-terms to ensure sufficient quantity, high quality, capacity, and qualifications, and appropriate professional structure, specialisation, and ages. In particular, the College has combined promoting on-the-job training with sending staff to other academies and schools inside and outside the Military and foreign military schools; carefully selected cadres with high educational qualifications, good expertise, and good pedagogical capacity to train and supplement for its teaching staff. In addition, the College has paid regular attention to conducting the policy work for cadres and lecturers, creating all favourable conditions in terms of facilities, time, etc., especially working, studying, researching, and training conditions and environment to improve professional qualifications, command and implementation capacity, and independent research thinking ability; deploying its cadres and lecturers to grassroots units for practising in leadership, management, and commanding positions to train and accumulate experience from practice to apply in training and working.

The assurance of adequate, synchronous, modern, and effective teaching and learning equipment and facilities to meet the requirements and tasks has been focused by the College. Following the direction of the Ministry of National Defence and the guidance of the Ministry of Education and Training, the College has cooperated closely with relevant agencies in researching and developing schemes, programs, and plans for assurance of training and studying equipment and facilities towards science and practicality. In particular, it has focused on assuring adequate facilities, curriculum, materials, lecture halls, training grounds, shooting ranges, swimming pools, etc. By effectively using funds from resources and motivating and encouraging research and innovation, so far, the College’s facilities for education and training that  have been built, equipped, and procured are relatively complete, synchronous, and modern, serving well the education and training work. Implementing Directive No.16/CT-TTg issued on May 4th, 2017 by the Prime Minister on strengthening the accessibility to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Decision No.889/QĐ-BQP issued on March 22nd, 2018 by the Ministry of National Defence approving the "Action plan of military schools before the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the 2018 - 2020 period and beyond", the College has gradually modernised the information technology infrastructure and equipment in service of education and training. Particularly, the lecture halls, Training Operation Center, and Simulation Training Center have been built in with modern equipment; the library has been digitised; and training field and grounds, shooting ranges, swimming pools, physical training areas... have been basically built and modernised to serve well cadets’ studying and training needs. In particular, the training grounds and shooting ranges are qualified and well-guaranteed for field training, general practice, and tactical drills with live ammunition up to the infantry battalion level to actively contribute to improving the effectiveness in reforming the education and training of the College.

Promoting the results and experiences gained and grasping and implementing the General Staff’s 2021 Military and Defence Work Order that: “The quality of school training is the level of combat readiness of units”, the Army College No.1 continues researching, applying,  and implementing creatively, and in the coming time, constantly innovating and improving the quality of education and training to build a contingent of “both red and expert" cadres, contributing to improving the overall quality and combat power of the Military.

Lieutenant General, Associate Professor, Ph.D., DO VIET TOAN, Rector of the College

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