Vice President talks with Vietnamese students at RMIT University (Source: VNA)

Melbourne (VNA) – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh called on Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) to expand its links with educational institutions in Vietnam in the spheres of experience sharing, scientific research cooperation and student exchange.

She made the appeal at a meeting with Vice Chancellor Martin Bean and other leaders of RMIT University in Melbourne on April 23 as part of her trip to Australia to attend the 28th Global Summit of Women (GSW).

Vietnam always appreciates educational achievements Australia has recorded and stands ready to create the best possible conditions for Australian educational institutions, including RMIT University, to step up cooperation with Vietnam, she said.

Thinh stressed that education-training is one of the important cooperation pillars between Vietnam and Australia, adding that about 30,000 Vietnamese students are studying in Australia and more than 1,000 Australian students came to Vietnam under the New Colombo Plan.

On this occasion, the official talked with nearly 1,000 Vietnamese students at the university.

She said the establishment of the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership has created a premise for the two countries to step up their collaboration across fields, including education-training.

The Vice President asked the students to study hard to contribute to the homeland after graduation.

She also lauded Vietnamese students in Victoria state for their activities aiming to preserve Vietnamese traditions, expressing her hope that Vietnamese students in RMIT University in particular and Victoria state in general will become ambassadors of  the Vietnam-Australia friendship.

As the third oldest university in Victoria, RMIT University ranks 13th among the top universities of Australia. With branches in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the university has contributed to personnel training in Vietnam.

On April 23 morning, Vice President Thinh visited a high-tech tomato farm of a Vietnamese investor named Thai Ngoc Nha, who was urged to share his success experience with Vietnamese businesses.

Later the same day, Vice President Thinh met a delegation of the Vietnamese businesses’ association in Australia led by President Tran Ba Phuc. She also attended a launch ceremony of a club of Vietnamese businesswomen in Australia.-VNA