Policymakers, education managers, lecturers and researchers of Vietnam and Australia met in Hanoi on Nov. 10 to share information on education and to promote cooperation in the field between the two countries.

Addressing the Vietnam-Australia future education forum, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga hailed the two countries’ efforts in strengthening and expanding cooperative programmes and the efficient implementation of education projects.

Many Vietnamese universities have established associated training programmes at tertiary level with Australian universities, he said, adding that Australia grants 225 scholarships every year to Vietnam .

The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations signed an agreement on cooperation and education in 2008 and the Vietnam-Australia action plan for the 2010-2013 in 2010. To implement the two documents, a joint working group was set up and defined prioritised fields, including vocational training, tertiary, kindergarten education, recognition of certificates, and exchange of education policies, Deputy Minister Ga said.

Regarding vocational training, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Ngoc Phi spoke highly of the Australian Government’s cooperation and support through encouraging universities and colleges to associate, share experience and transfer technology and teaching methods to Vietnamese partners.

At the forum, delegates discussed the implementation of vocational training programmes in Vietnam , models of partnership in hotel administration and tourism training, and views on cooperation.

An Australian education exhibition will take place in Hanoi this month with the participation of 56 Australian universities, colleges and education centres./.