Australia – Vietnam Higher Education Partnerships 2023

2:35:53 PM | 5/23/2023

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) with support from the Australian Department of Education, delivered the Australia – Vietnam Higher Education Partnerships in Hanoi (17/05/2023) and Ho Chi Minh City (18/05/2023), connecting more than 150 Australian and Vietnamese institutions to exchange ideas and explore partnerships.

Ms Rebecca Ball: Ms Rebecca Ball – Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade delivered speech at the forum

Education is a key pillar of the Australia - Vietnam relationship. This initiative capitalises on the strong interest of Australian and Vietnamese higher education institutions in TNE partnerships arising from years of engagement. This program follows on from a conference on cooperation and investment in education hosted by the Ministry of Education and Training in September 2022 and an earlier industry webinar conducted by Austrade in August 2021. This week’s events provided a platform for both sides to discuss key topics in current higher education landscape and meet face-to-face to explore institutional linkages, multi-facet collaborations and commercial partnerships. 

Ms Rebecca Ball – Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade Vietnam shared: “Vietnam and Australia have built a strong strategic partnership over the past 50 years of diplomatic engagement. Collaboration between Australia and Vietnam in people-to-people links like education is one of the cornerstones of our bilateral relationship and is one of our most enduring areas of engagement. Our strong education ties with Vietnam are demonstrated at both government and institutional levels. It is amazing to see how our education cooperation has evolved over recent decades.”

The education cooperation is growing and diversified, ranging from student mobility with Vietnam being the 5th largest source country of international students in Australia (26,434 YTD December 2022), to education partnerships such as joint programs through transnational education (TNE) with over 20,000 Vietnamese students pursuing Australian qualifications in Vietnam. There are over 80,000 Vietnamese alumni graduated from Australian education institutions currently working in Vietnam.

The Forum attracted many universities and institutions from different provinces and cities of Vietnam

Australia is increasingly becoming a strategic education partner for Vietnam and a top TNE collaborator involved in 300 collaborative programs which vary from undergraduate to postgraduate, from articulation to joint programs and other research activities. These cover a broad range of disciplines including law, business, IT, engineering, healthcare, tourism and agriculture with strong interest from Australia and Vietnam to build new partnerships. 

Australia – Vietnam Higher Education Partnerships 2023 had participants from seventeen Australian universities and institutions with strong attendance of Vietnamese institutions from many different cities and provinces across Vietnam. Panel discussions covered key topics of current education market, from the readiness for partnerships to aligning such partnerships to Vietnam’s future jobs and industry demand as well as developing graduate employability through institutional and industry linkages.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum