|Viet Nam is currently the third largest recipient of Australian Government-funded scholarships, with nearly 400 each year.— Photo eduvietglobal.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Over 500 Vietnamese alumni and scholars from Australian universities gathered for their first national two-day conference in Ha Noi to mark the 40th anniversary of Viet Nam – Australia diplomatic ties.
Delivering the opening remarks at the conference, held on Saturday by the Australian Embassy, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Tran Quang Quy thanked the Australian Government and its educational institutions for helping Viet Nam train its high-quality workforce.
Thousands of Vietnamese graduates from Australian schools have returned to Viet Nam and been actively contributing to the country's socio-economic development in various positions, such as lecturers in universities or researchers at study institutions, Quy said.
Also, the Charge d'Affaires at the Australian Embassy in Viet Nam, Phillip Stonehouse, expressed his pleasure in seeing the development of the bilateral diplomatic relationship, of which education and training is a cornerstone.
The educational partnership had evolved, with as many as 40,000 Vietnamese students graduating from Australian institutions since the two countries set up diplomatic ties in 1973, Stonehouse said.
Australia continues to be the English speaking country in which the greatest number of Vietnamese enroll in studies, while the number of Australians who come to Viet Nam for studies was also expected to increase in the next few years, he added.
Professor Geoff Gallop, a keynote speaker at the conference, who is currently director of the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Management, highlighted the importance of higher education in sustainable development, saying that "higher education has the capacity to act as an autonomous force for change."
"By making available science and new technology, higher education not only helps businesses innovate and compete, it also helps communities to tackle disease, decay and disadvantage," Gallop said.
The conference sought to celebrate achievements of those Vietnamese had studied in Australia, while exploring potential opportunities for the bilateral partnership, as well as enhancing linkages in a range of areas.
The conference will be divided into seven sessions, covering health care reform, quality education, sustainable farming, regional economic integration, developmental environment, human resources training and shaking-up the public sector.
Viet Nam is currently the third largest recipient of Australian Government-funded scholarships, with nearly 400 each year. — VNS