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Military Technical Academy develops a contingent of cadres and instructors on a par with task requirements

Following President Ho Chi Minh’s teachings: “teachers’ heavy and glorious task is to train cadres for the nation,” the Military Technical Academy’s Party Committee and Board have always focused on building a pool of cadres and instructors for the Military build-up, national defence consolidation, and the Homeland protection.

In the past 55 years of construction and development (October 28th, 1966), the Military Technical Academy (MTA) has always fulfilled the task of education and scientific research and provided tens of thousands of high-calibre engineers for units across the Military, thus greatly contributing to the Military build-up and the country’s industrialisation and modernisation. Those achievements are the result of many factors, but the most important one is the MTA’s contingent of instructors. Over the years, the MTA’s Party Committee and Board as well as all-level party committees and commands have always grasped the Party’s guidelines on the personnel work and education, while adopting various measures to build and develop a pool of instructors comprehensively. In this regard, great value has been attached to anticipating and orientating the development of education, training and scientific research in each period to proactively design plans on building a contingent of cadres and instructors both qualitatively and quantitatively. Due attention has been paid to aligning training with the use of cadres, improving cadres’ comprehensive knowledge, and deploying cadres and instructors to work at grass-roots level units to ensure a link between the MTA and units across the Military. Besides, the MTA has strictly implemented regulations on recruiting, training, and using cadres and instructors with preferential treatment policies for instructors to develop their potential. Significance has been attached to employing young cadres and instructors. Between 2011 and 2020, the MTA had 380 Doctors, 282 Masters of Science, and 401 cadres being deployed to grass-roots level units. Currently, the MTA is a high-quality training centre of the Military, the country, and the region with a contingent of high-calibre and qualified instructors. 89% of the MTA’s instructors hold postgraduate degrees and 51% of them are doctors. The MTA has 7 Professors, 74 Associate Professors, 9 People’s Teachers and Elite Teachers, and 49 Excellent Instructors at Ministerial level.

To satisfy the requirements set by the Military build-up, national defence consolidation, and the Homeland protection in the new situation, grounded on its function and task, the MTA has proactively formulated the Project on the MTA’s Development towards 2030, with a vision towards 2045, according to which: “by 2030, the MTA will become a top scientific, technical, and technological research centre of the country, among top 700 universities of the world, with several fields equivalent to regional top universities, and successfully fulfil all missions assigned by the Party, the State, and the Military; by 2045, it will reach the top 500 universities of the world.” To realise that goal, the MTA shall drastically, synchronously implement measures to build a contingent of high-calibre cadres and instructors on a par with their task requirements.

First of all, concentrate on grasping and effectively executing the guidelines of the Party, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence on personnel and the personnel work. This measure acts as a determinant to the MTA’s building of a pool of cadres and instructors. Hence, the whole MTA, particularly all-level party committees and commands shall be fully aware of the importance of the building of a contingent of cadres and instructors in the new period. They shall clearly understand that building a pool of instructors and educational managers is the key to the quality of education, training and scientific research, while heightening their responsibility for leadership over this important work. Promoting the good results in building a contingent of cadres and instructors in the period of 2016-2020, the MTA’s Party Committee and Board will focus their leadership and direction on developing and standardising a pool of cadres and instructors capable of approaching the 4th industrial revolution to keep pace with the development of military science and technology and meet the requirements set by the Military build-up, national defence consolidation, and the Homeland protection in the new situation. In the medium term, emphasis should be placed on well implementing plans and projects on cadres, particularly the Plan on developing a pool of instructors and researchers in the period of 2021-2025 and the Action Plan for the Project on the MTA’s development towards 2030, with a vision towards 2045.

Giving a presentation to cadets in class

Second, drastically renew the training work and comprehensively improve cadres and instructors’ qualities, capabilities, and prestige. Grasping and implementing the strategic breakthrough in “developing human resources, especially the high-quality workforce,” the MTA has always taken one step ahead in the process, with importance attached to enhancing its cadres and instructors’ political zeal, professional competence, teaching method, knowledge of foreign languages and information technology, and capability in scientific research to meet the requirements set by the modernisation of the Military and the 4th industrial revolution. However, in the foreseeable future, it shall focus on organising on-the-spot training courses, heightening its staff members’ responsibility for self-study, and holding research-related contests to improve the quality and capacity of its instructors. It shall also deploy its cadres and instructors to units across the Military, particularly the services, corps, and forces which will move straight to modernity, in order to align theory with practice, supplement their practical knowledge, and raise the quality of this contingent. The deployment of cadres and instructors must adhere to the preset plans, with a focus on units having modern weapons and technical equipment. The MTA will recommend the Ministry of National Defence to allow its instructors to take part in projects on researching, manufacturing, repairing, and innovating weapons and technical equipment. It will regularly deploy delegations to conduct surveys of weapons and technical equipment, while exchanging experience with units, academies, research centres, and manufacturers both at home and abroad. Doing so will enable the MTA to opportunely supplement and adjust its training programmes and methods relevant to reality.

Third, propose and well implement policies to attract talented cadres and instructors. Under the guidelines on “continuing renewing mechanisms and policies to attract talents and high-quality human resources for the Homeland protection in the new situation,” in addition to policies promulgated by the Party, the State, and the Military for instructors, the MTA’s Party Committee and Board will recommend the Ministry of National Defence to adopt several specialised policies in a uniformed, synchronous, feasible manner to detect, recruit, appoint, train, favour, and honour talents. More investments will be made to create a breakthrough in attracting talents, especially top scientists and cadres and instructors with great capacity, broad experience, good teaching and management method to the MTA. At the same time, due regard should be paid to well implementing policies for staff members’ families and healthcare, improving cadres and instructors’ mental life, and ensuring a good working environment as the basis for staff members to keep their mind on their work, promote their enthusiasm and knowledge, and successfully fulfil their assigned task. Moreover, the MTA will resolutely discharge instructors and educational managers who have poor task performance or violate moral standards.

Fourth, enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of managing, evaluating and using cadres and instructors. The MTA will direct all-level party committees and commands to grasp and seriously execute the guidelines, principles, regulations and guiding documents on the personnel work, strictly decentralise the management of cadres and the personnel work, and comprehensively manage cadres and especially instructors. The MTA will democratically, publicly, closely assess cadres and instructors’ qualities, professional competence, and morality, while promoting the responsibility of party committees, commands, professional organisations and learners for this work. Great value should be attached to encouraging the role model-setting responsibility of each cadre and instructor and proposing preferential treatment policies to allow staff members to devote themselves to training high-calibre human resources for the Military and the country.

The MTA advocates that the building of a contingent of cadres and instructors is a revolutionary, durable task and plays a decisive role in the quality of military technical human resources. Therefore, in spite of a lot of difficulties, the MTA’s Party Committee and Board will resolutely, persistently perform this important work. The MTA will strive to create a dynamic, scientific educational environment to attract talents all over the country and become a top training and research centre to make significant contributions to developing Vietnam’s military science and technology, building the Military, consolidating national defence, and firmly protecting the Homeland.

Lt. Gen. CAO MINH TIEN, Commissar of the MTA 

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