Delivering his opening speech, Lieutenant General Tran Viet Khoa, Director of the Academy, reaffirmed the school’s achievements over the past year, including actively renewing training programs and content, applying positive teaching methods to promote cadets’ thinking and self-study, discussion and applicable research. The Academy has trained over 800 cadets on 19 courses, carried out 32 scientific research projects, compiled 69 different curricula and researched 6 historical special subjects.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd from left) shaking hands with the school's leaders

Addressing the ceremony, the Prime Minister hailed the school’s achievements over recent times and urged them to continue embracing resolutions of the Communist Party of Vietnam, especially of its 12th Congress and the Strategy of Fatherland protection in the current context. He noted that the school should focus on renewing its training program in conformity with possible combat subjects and the world’s current military tactics while expanding its relationship and cooperation with foreign defense academies and schools. In addition, he asked the school’s leadership to perform well all training missions for senior officers of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and the Lao People’s Army.

 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaking at the opening ceremony of the new school year 2017-2018 of the National Defense Academy 

The government leader also called on the Academy to step up their research work to anticipate plots and tricks of hostile forces and seek measures to crush all so-called “peaceful revolution” and riot schemes.

He requested the Academy to study defense and military strategies and new approaches of warfare, and precisely forecast the situation related to national defense and security and to promptly submit advice to the Party and State on measures to safeguard the nation.

Translated by Trung Thanh and VNA