Australian Embassy
Vietnam

Media release - 23 May 2017

25 Australia Awards Scholarship recipients to start their studies in Australia

Twenty five Australia Awards Scholarship recipients will soon leave Vietnam to undertake postgraduate studies in Australia. They will study Masters degrees in a range of areas including agriculture, environment, economics, public administration, public health, gender equality, law and disability studies.

The Australia Awards, which are funded by the Australian Government, are prestigious international awards targeting the next generation of global leaders. The new scholars are the latest of over 5,800 Vietnamese students who have received long-term and short-term training opportunities from the Australian Government since the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1973.  They will join the over 55,000 alumni of Australian education in Vietnam. Many Australia Awards alumni have reached positions of leadership in both the private and public sectors throughout Vietnam.

“The Australia Awards are a central pillar in the development of Australia’s economic and innovation partnerships with Vietnam. They are building invaluable connections between the Australian and Vietnamese scholars and academics, which in turn helps develop innovation partnerships that boost productivity and economic development,” said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Craig Chittick.

“Australia Awards recipients are required to return home to Vietnam, where they contribute to the development of this country. I am sure these awardees will make a strong contribution to Vietnam’s development and enduring linkages between Australia and Vietnam,” he said.

Reflecting Australia’s commitment to social inclusion, awardees include people with disability, ethnic minorities and rural disadvantaged. One of the four of the awardees with disability, Ms Tran Thi Ngoc Linh from Quang Binh said “I appreciate this opportunity to study Disability Policy and Practice at Flinders University, which is not available in Vietnam. I believe what I am going to learn will help me contribute to better policies and practices for people like me in Vietnam”.   

Mr Trinh Van Thim, an ethnic Dao who will study a Master of Science in Agriculture at University of New England commented. “The lives of people in Cao Bang depend a lot on agriculture. By taking this course, I hope that I will be able to make positive changes to my home province.” 

The Australia Awards Scholarships are part of a broader investment by the Australian Government in human resource development in Vietnam, which will over time include short courses and informal training opportunities to address gaps in skills and knowledge needed to support Vietnam’s development.

For further information, please contact Ms Dinh Thi Viet Anh, Senior Program Manager, Australian Embassy at 84-4-3774 0232 or: thi-viet-anh.dinh@dfat.gov.au.