|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives New Zealand's Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received New Zealand's Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce yesterday.
At the meeting, PM Dung said Viet Nam treasured it ties with New Zealand and was willing to promote co-operation with New Zealand in all fields to prepare for a long-term and sustainable strategic partnership.
The PM said Viet Nam was eagerly awaiting New Zealand PM John Key's visit to discuss new ways of tapping into economics, trade, investment, tourism, agriculture and science-technology.
Joyce told PM Dung of talks with Viet Nam's Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan.
He said the two ministers agreed to prepare a strategic co-operation framework on education which was scheduled to be signed during the NZ Prime Minister's visit. It would be one of the main events to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
NZ, VN strengthen ties
Luan and Joyce signed a university education co-operation agreement yesterday.
According to the agreement, which was signed during the second Viet Nam-New Zealand education forum in Ha Noi, Viet Nam will create favourable conditions for New Zealand's universities and institutes to promote educational links with Viet Nam's universities and institutes.
For its part, New Zealand will help Viet Nam improve the quality of its education and the skills of its human resources.
As part of the forum, representatives of Quang Ninh Province and New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology (AUT) signed an agreement on mutual co-operation in the fields of education and tourism. The AUT will support the province in training its human resources.
New Zealand is known for its high-quality education. University courses in this country are taught in English, and the diplomas are internationally recognised.
Education is a key priority in this bilateral relationship. Steven Joyce said approximately 2,000 Vietnamese students are currently studying in New Zealand, making Viet Nam New Zealand's 11th largest source of international students. Moreover, a number of New Zealand institutions have established joint programmes in Viet Nam. — VNS