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New Zealand recognises outstanding Vietnamese alumni

Update: November, 11/2016 - 16:30
New Zealand Ambassador Haike Manning (second from left) and some outstanding Vietnamese alumni at the second annual Ambassador’s Alumni Awards.— Photo
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The New Zealand Embassy in Việt Nam hosted its second annual Ambassador’s Alumni Awards to celebrate educational links between the two countries and recognise individuals who excel in their field.
Speaking at the event held in Hà Nội on Tuesday, New Zealand Ambassador Haike Manning said the links between people from the two countries is the bedrock of bilateral relations, serving as a basis for growing connections in education, business, and between the two governments.
“Over 2000 Vietnamese students study in New Zealand every year and we now have thousands of alumni back in Việt Nam using the knowledge and skills they have learnt in New Zealand to contribute to the growth and development of Việt Nam and the relationship between our two countries,” he said.
The evening culminated with Dr Trần Văn, former Vice-Chairman of Việt Nam’s National Assembly’s Committee of Financial and Budgetary Affairs, winning the alumni award in recognition of his work in strengthening connections between the two countries. 
Dr Văn has a long history with New Zealand, beginning with his English language training at Victoria University of Wellington following his appointment to the National Assembly. He has been a strong advocate of Việt Nam-New Zealand relations and has served as president of New Zealand-Việt Nam Parliamentary Friendship from 2011 – 2016,  leading various delegations to visit New Zealand’s Parliament and publishing articles on its effective governance structure and scenery. — VNS

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