|Hugh Borrowman, Australian ambassador to Viet Nam, is addressing the event. More than 260 students from 20 Australian universities are scheduled to come to Viet Nam under the New Colombo Plan funded by Australian government next year, up from 160 students in 2015. — Photo courtesy of Australian Embassy in Viet Nam
HA NOI (VNS) — More than 260 students from 20 Australian universities are scheduled to come to Viet Nam under the New Colombo Plan funded by the Australian government in 2016.
The information that was released at "Australian-Viet Nam Student Mobility Forum" in Ha Noi on Friday also said the number of students had increased by 100 since 2015.
The forum brought about representatives from universities of the two countries to strengthen partnerships under Australia's student mobility programmes as well as foster bilateral collaboration between the two sides.
"Education is a cornerstone in the relationship between Australia and Viet Nam, and Australia has provided over 5,000 scholarships and fellowships to Vietnamese students over the past 40 years," Hugh Borrowman, Australian ambassador to Viet Nam said.
"We also want to give Australian students the opportunity to live and study in Viet Nam, so they might better understand Vietnamese culture and develop deep ties here as well," he said.
Over the past three years, the Australian government has launched mobility programmes such as the Endeavour and New Colombo to lift the knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to undertake semester-length study, and internships in addition to the short-term group study tours in the region.
"On behalf of the Vietnamese government, I would like to reaffirm our commitment to support Australian citizens and students coming to Viet Nam under the New Colombo plan. It is a very good opportunity for us to introduce to you our country, our people, language, culture, history and tourist sites and also open our business and job opportunities," Dr Pham Quang Hung, director general of Viet Nam International Education Development under Ministry of Education and Training, said.
Joshua Andrew Barker, an electrical engineering and business student, who spent two weeks in his semester studying at HCM City-based Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), said that experiences he had got from this period were exciting.
"It is a different life from Melbourne. There are a lot of cultural differences such as people, food, and business on the streets. I really enjoy the nice culture," he said.
"HCM City is an amazing city for start-ups. I am looking forward to making business connections and come back to the region and work on those relations between HCM City and Melbourne for many business start-ups, particularly in the technology sector," he said while sharing his plans after finishing his study in Viet Nam. — VNS