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Nguyễn Thiện Nhân (born June 12, 1953 in Ca Mau Province), is Deputy Premier of the Government and Minister of the Education of Vietnam. He had been the 1st vice mayor of Ho Chi Minh City before being appointed Minister of Education on June 28, 2006 by Prime Minster Nguyễn Tấn Dũng. He was appointed by the National Assembly, upon recommendation of Nguyen Tan Dung, Vice Prime Minister of Vietnam. He got a PhD in cybernetics at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in East Germany in 1979. In 1993, he studied and earned an MBA of governance at the University of Oregon and a course of Investment Project Assessment at Harvard University, USA. He has been the professor at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Đại học Bách khoa Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh). Nguyen Thien Nhan is known for some efforts in reform of Vietnamese education system, critically critiqued by the Vietnamese public. He is also one of the high senior officials in Vietnamese government who has a good command of English along with Hoang Trung Hai, another vice prime minister.