NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets Australian students (Source: VNA)
 
Canberra (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception in Canberra on November 29 for Australian students joining the New Colombo Plan (NCP) programme in Vietnam.

The top legislator welcomed the Australian government’s initiative to offer 100 million USD scholarships to Australian students in Indian-Pacific countries, including Vietnam.

She wished that the Australian government would continue helping develop education system and human resources, thus facilitating exchange between the two peoples.

Ngan expressed her hope that overseas students joining the NCP programme will contribute to the effective and practical development of Vietnam-Australia ties.

The number of Australian students joining NCP programme in Vietnam is increasingly rising, from 161 in 2015 to 340 in 2017 which is forecast to reach 748 next year.

In 2017, Vietnam welcomed the seventh largest number of students among 38 countries and territories in the Indo-Pacific region joining the NCP.

Apart from the NCP programme, the two countries also have also worked closely together on the Australia – Vietnam human resources development project for 2016-2020, the Australia – ASEAN Bridge School Partnership Programme for 2016-2018 for the exchange of elementary and secondary school lecturers, and 20  other partnership programmes between the two countries’ universities.-VNA