HA NOI (VNS) — Swedish universities will provide Vietnamese students the chances to study overseas by offering them 300 scholarships for academic year of 2016 – 17.
This information was released yesterday at the "Study in Sweden" event held in Ha Noi.
At the event, prospective students and the graduates who have a couple of years of working experience learnt about studying in Sweden, whose higher education system is ranked No 2 in the world.
The event enabled Vietnamese students to discover more about the over 700 English-taught master programmes in leading universities such as Lund University, KTH, Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University.
"Sweden is the world leading country in innovation, new technology, sustainability and equality – in large part thanks to its elite, forward-thinking universities, which have fostered new ideas since the 15th century," Swedish Ambassador to Viet Nam Camilla Mellander said.
"In Sweden, while studying among the most creative minds, you will also find a strong focus on rationality, reason and applying knowledge so that it makes a real difference," Mellander said.
She said that the Swedish education system shares many similarities with the North American education system, but Sweden also offers some differences such as the non-hierarchical nature of Swedish society.
"Our educational system emphasises on transparency, equality, exclusiveness and gender equality. More than half of the ministers in the government are women, 40 per cent of all ambassadors are women, we want women to have equal access to resources and representation," Mellander said.
Paul Philips, director of World Climate Change Challenge (WCCC) said WCCC and Swedish universities were co-operating to conduct a scholarship pilot programme on climate change with more than 100 scholarships planned to be handed out.
"Sweden has been a leader in climate change for the last 40 years," Phillips said, and added that climate change was not only about environmental studies, but it affected every single sector of the industry in the world including health, disease, transport and energy. — VNS