Vietnamese applicants excel in Australia’s 2014 Endeavour Scholarships
The Australian Embassy today hosted an awards ceremony for the recipients of the Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2014. Vietnam received the highest or second highest number of awards across a number of categories.
The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive scholarships which promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and its neighbours.
Around 4000 applications are received each year from over 125 eligible countries. The applications are assessed on merit and there are no country quotas. Of the 56 countries receiving awards, Vietnam received 44 scholarships, the second highest number for any country with a total value exceeding AUD 6.8 million, equivalent to VND 129 billion.
For the third year in a row, Vietnam has received the highest number of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Scholarships across 10 eligible countries.
Mr Hugh Borrowman, Australian Ambassador said: “This is a significant achievement for Vietnam, reflecting the quality of Vietnamese applications and the high level of interest in studying in Australia.”
"It has been a privileged and exciting journey for me so far, I have had a chance to work with excellent professors in Australia, who have opened a new perspective and encouraged me to continuously challenge myself” reflected Ms Pham Tuong Van, holder of a 2010 Prime Minister’s Scholarship.
Mr Nguyen Huu Cuong, a 2014 Prime Minister’s awardee said “I’m sure our dream of a strong and developed Vietnam, and of a tighter linkage between Vietnam and Australia will soon come true with the contribution of all our efforts and with the support of the Endeavour Award.”
The 2014 round also saw an increased number of successful applications from regions outside Hanoi, particularly from Hue. Many of the scholarships are in the field of education, with a number also in engineering, IT, agriculture and economics.
Endeavour awardees will gain access to leaders in their field of study, business and government and will develop ongoing education, research and professional linkages that last well beyond their programme. They will also be able to share in experiences to deepen their understanding of Australia.
This year the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships will provide 476 international recipients worldwide with the opportunity to study in Australia and around 150 Australians will be able to further their skills and knowledge overseas.
Applications for the 2015 round of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships will open in early April 2014 and close on 30 June 2014.
A complementary initiative recently announced by the Australian Government is the New Columbo Plan which aims to increase the number of Australian students undertaking study and internships in Asia. For more information visit New Colombo Plan Pilot Program Fact Sheet - New Colombo Plan - Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade