Vietnam and Australia promote education cooperation
  • | VOV | March 08, 2024 12:00 PM
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, who is paying an official visit to Australia, attended and delivered a speech at a Vietnam – Australia education forum held in Canberra on March 8.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (third, left) witnesses the exchange of cooperation documents between Vietnamese and Australian universities. (Photo: VNA)

Australia is the top destination for Vietnamese students wishing to study overseas. Currently, more than 80,000 Vietnamese students are taking training course at different levels throughout Australia. Meanwhile, more than 200 Vietnamese and Australian educational institutions have developed cooperation programmes, with more than 5,000 joint research projects conducted.

At the forum, university leaders shared their various experiences and proposed solutions and orientations for higher education development. They dwelled on university governance and management related issues, including developing teaching staff, and improving the overall quality of tertiary education. They particularly focused on proposing education cooperation programmes between the two countries.
Addressing the event, PM Chinh reviewed major developments in Vietnam – Australia relations over the past half a century, saying that bilateral ties have flourished positively, resulting in the recent upgrade of ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

In particular, education cooperation is always a bright spot in bilateral relations and has recorded many important achievements, thereby contributing to creating and improving the quality of human resources for national development, he said.

According to the PM, Vietnam always attaches special importance to education - training and human resource development, especially high-quality human resources. It prioritises attracting foreign investment in education - training, although investment in this field remains modest, especially at the university level.

He therefore suggested that both sides strive to increase education - training cooperation practically, effectively, and comprehensively to further promote its role as an important pillar. This will serve to create fresh breakthroughs and to contribute to strongly elevating the recently upgraded Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

The Vietnamese Government of Vietnam is committed to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of foreign educational institutions and foreign investors, for the sake of win-win outcome, he affirmed.

The PM appreciated the two education ministries forming a joint working group to support Australian universities in establishing branches in Vietnam.

He went on to propose increasing the number of and improving the overall quality of cooperation programmes between educational - training institutions and universities of the two countries. Indeed, the primary focus should be on research and development and application of scientific and technological advances in industries that Vietnam lacks and Australia has strengths in, such as artificial intelligence, big data, clean and green energy, and biotechnology.

Among other things, he underscored the need to strengthen the exchange of students and lecturers and promote scientific research cooperation between the two countries’ universities, including creating conditions for Australian professors to come to Vietnam in order to support the teaching of new fields of Vietnamese needs.

He outlined his expectations that universities and institutions of the two countries press forward with cooperation opportunities, sign documents, and swiftly implement investment projects in Vietnam together.

At the end of the forum, Vietnamese and Australian universities exchanged eight cooperation agreements in the fields of academic, curriculum, and research exchange; exchange of students and lecturers; and training in emerging and important industries such as artificial intelligence, big data, semiconductors, health sciences, environment, digital technology, and green energy.

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