On. Dec. 9, Dr. Brian Grim, President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, introduced more than 160 religious education and legal trainers in 63 different municipalities and provinces of Vietnam to how the world’s biggest and best multinational corporations, such as Google and the Intel Corporation, are building cultural and religious pluralism that results in productivity, profit and social progress.
The virtual conference, was organized by the Institute of Religion and Belief at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (NAP) in partnership with the Institute for Global Engagement and BYU’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies.
Research and teaching on religion contributes to raising awareness of the public about religious literacy and providing good policy advice on religion to lawmakers. In this Training of Trainers program (TOT), NAP lecturers will have opportunity to improve their knowledge on religion and apply it to their teaching at the provincial level.
The organizers of the TOT have successfully conducted two training courses on religion and the rule of law for government officials and faith leaders in 2018 and 2019 in Can Tho and Quy Nhon provinces. The annual training was postponed in 2021 due to the pandemic.
In this context, a short-term training course on religion for NAP lecturers was held online. This virtual event brought together government officials and scholars who work and teach about religion from many different disciplines. They explored research and approaches to new methods and perspectives in the field of religious research and pedagogy at the national and international level.