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New study options in Australia for Vietnamese Students

New study options in Australia for Vietnamese Students

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Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has discussed new potential study options for Vietnamese students in Australia during a recent state delegation visit.

Accompanied by Mr. John Hassed, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University’s VET programme, talks between officials were held regarding opportunities for Vietnamese VET students to build upon their skills and experience in the Territory.

The initiative was promoted in Vung Tang City, where the Territory has been working to establish a MOU since 2007.

Mr. Giles explained how Vietnamese students at The Hong Lam International Vocational College, a private school 40km from Vung Tang City run by the VABIS group, might complete their vocational training in Darwin or Alice Springs. The institution offers programmes in Fabrication Trade, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning, and Automotive Engineering.

‘Like Charles Darwin University’s VET programme, the VABIS Hong Lam International Vocational College concentrates on vocational training for a skilled workforce,’ he said in a government media release. ‘They offer English training to Certificate III but could extend that training to Certificate V in Darwin.’

The proposition could have pointed benefits in expanding Charles Darwin University’s VET programme, as well as providing Vietnamese students with the opportunity to complete their training in a high-quality, international teaching environment. 

Mr. Hassed has outlined a number of ideas under discussion, including how the university could provide Vietnamese students with the best possible training.

‘English language training and welding are two examples of areas they expressed interest in, but we are yet to endorse that or identify the most suitable qualifications,’ he said in a university media release. Australian representatives will return to Vung Tau next month to inspect the PetroVietnam Manpower Training College, where talks will continue.  

The Hong Lam Vocational College has existing ties with Victorian TAFE Box Hill Institute, offering Vietnamese students the chance to complete Australian Certificate III qualifications in Vietnam since 2007. These qualifications are internationally recognised trade qualifications, and trains students for international work assignments.

Australia has a history of education co-operation with Vietnam that spans over 40 years. Vietnamese families have sent children to study in Australia since the 1990’s, with more Vietnamese students studying in Australia than from any other country in South East Asia. Vietnamese institutions have been awarding Australian qualifications that are recognised world-wide since 2000.

The initiative comes off the heels of the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan, launched in December 2013. The Plan seeks to strengthen relationships between Australia and Indo-Pacific nations, via new study and internships completed in Australia.

Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong will participate in the 2014 pilot phase, involving establishment of scholarship programmes and mobility grants schemes. Approximately 40 scholarships will be awarded across pilot areas for study periods both one semester and one year in length.

 

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Monica Karpinski received her BA (Media and Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. An art and culture aficionado, in her spare time Monica enjoys film, reading and writing about art.

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