Hanoi (VNA) -
Fifty-two Australia Awards Scholarship recipients will soon leave Vietnam to undertake postgraduate studies at an Australian university of their choice. 

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government. Since 1973, Australia has worked with Vietnam to provide scholarships to outstanding Vietnamese students, helping Vietnam to build its human resources. The new scholars are the latest of over 6,000 Vietnamese students who have received Australian Government scholarships.

“This remarkable group of young and talented students will soon enjoy a world-class education and great life experience in Australia. However, what they do and achieve during their studies in Australia is only the first step in their success. The most important thing is that upon their return to Vietnam they will use the knowledge and skills acquired in Australia to contribute to the development of Vietnam and mutually beneficial linkages between our two countries,” Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick said. 

The Australian Government actively encourages and supports people with disabilities, from disadvantaged rural areas and from ethnic minorities to participate in the Australia Awards. As a result, this group of awardees includes three people with disability and four from ethnic minority groups.

“The Australia Awards Scholarship will empower me to fulfill my dream. As a visually impaired person, I understand the challenges people with disability must overcome to realise their full potential and live productive lives. Thus, after I return home to Vietnam, I intend to use my knowledge and experience in Australia to establish a centre to provide mental health counselling services for people with disability and other vulnerable groups,” commented Huynh Huu Canh, who will study for a Master of Social Work at Flinders University. 

Australia is a leading provider of scholarships to Vietnam. The Australia Awards Scholarships are part of a broader investment by the Australian Government – Aus4Skills, which includes Australia Awards Short Courses and informal learning opportunities to address knowledge and skills gaps to help Vietnam realise its aspirations to become a prosperous and socially inclusive country.-VNA