Ireland will increase scholarships for Vietnamese students to attend master courses in the Northwestern Europe country to 40 per year.

The information was released by Irish Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon T.D. during his meeting with Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan in Hanoi on December 10.

The courses are part of the Irish Aid Development Experience and Sharing (IDEAS) Programme and will cover majors in pharmaceuticals, tourism and hotel management, said Cannon, who is visiting Vietnam from December 9-12.

During the meeting, both sides reviewed the results of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on tertiary education cooperation signed by Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and Irish Department of Education and Skills in November last year. In particular they evaluated the exchange of experts and lecturers, scholarships for Vietnamese students and the acceleration of bilateral cooperation programmes in information technology and communications, digital training and vocational training.

They also announced the establishment of the Vietnam–Ireland education working group to assists tertiary education cooperation between the two countries. The first group session will be held in 2013.

On the same day, a seminar on education exchange between Vietnam and Ireland took place in Hanoi . A similar event is expected to be held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 12./.