The State Government of Victoria was pleased to host the Vietnam-Australia Education Cooperation Forum on Friday 2 December, as part of the official visit to Australia by the President of Vietnam’s National Assembly, Dr Vuong Dinh Hue.

Delivered in collaboration with the Australian Government and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, the Forum explored internationalisation, quality and innovation within the higher education sector.

Facilitated by The Hon John Brumby, the Forum demonstrated the importance of Vietnam-Australia education ties, with attendance by Senator the Hon Tim Ayres, Assistant Minister for Trade, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Andrew Goledzinowski, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia, Mr Nguyen Tat Thanh, a number of Vietnamese Vice-Ministers and a strong contingent of Rectors and Vice-Rectors from over 15 leading Vietnamese universities.

The Forum also highlighted the strength of bilateral education collaboration between Vietnam and Australia, with 12 higher education agreements exchanged at the event, including five from Victorian education providers. Congratulations to Deakin University, Federation University and La Trobe University for their efforts in reaching their successful MOU exchanges.

Thank you to all those who attended, including speakers Mr Mark Curnow from Deakin University, Associate Professor Nguyen Hoang Giang from Hanoi University of Civil Engineering, Professor Le Anh Phương from Hue University, Professor John Dewar from La Trobe University, and Mr Alistair Maclean from TEQSA. The event’s success is an excellent lead-in to the 50th anniversary of Australia-Vietnam diplomatic relations in 2023.

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