|Australian Charge d'Affaires Layton Pike and Vice Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga at the signing ceremony in Ha Noi on December 15, 2015. — Photo courtesy of Australian Embassy
HA NOI (VNS) — The Australian and Vietnamese governments signed today a Subsidiary Arrangement for the implementation of the Viet Nam-Australia Human Resource Development Programme for the 2016–20 period.
The project, with a total investment of AU$146 million (US$105 million), aimed at strengthening the level of professional and technical knowledge, skills and competencies in Viet Nam.
"This programme will significantly broaden Australia's education engagement with Viet Nam," Layton Pike, Charge d'Affaires of the Australian Embassy, said.
The activities are designed to extend beyond traditional long-term scholarships and to diversify across other forms, such as short courses, support for technical and vocational training, women in leadership training, more focused support for alumni, and ad hoc technical assistance in Viet Nam's priority areas.
The programme, which will commence on February 2016, also provides opportunities to enhance Australian students' professional understanding of countries in the region.
Australia has been a leading provider of government scholarships to Viet Nam. There are currently over 5,300 Australia Awards alumni from Viet Nam who graduated from Australian universities under Australian Government-funded scholarship programmes since 1970. — NS