HCMC – Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc on October 22 launched the second phase of Australia’s Aus4Skills human resource development program worth AUD$50.1 million.
Implemented from 2021 to 2025, the program will support Vietnam’s socioeconomic development, respond to the country’s demand for workforce skills and strengthen links between the Australian and Vietnamese people through education.
Aus4Skills will offer Australia Awards Scholarships for Vietnamese citizens to study at Australian universities in priority fields of study, deliver Australian alumni professional development activities and grants that support Vietnam’s development, and implement higher education capacity-building activities for Vietnamese university leaders.
According to Mudie, Australia’s Aus4Skills program is highly relevant to supporting Vietnam’s future human resource development priorities, especially as it navigates the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Over the decades, education has created many enduring partnerships between Vietnamese and Australian people and organizations. Through these partnerships, Australians and Vietnamese have contributed to Vietnam’s continued socioeconomic development across a wide range of priority sectors, such as governance and economic growth, infrastructure and transport, water and sanitation, education, gender equality and agriculture and rural development,” she said.
Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Phuc said, “Vietnam and Australia continue to be strategic partners in education and training, which is essential to our human resource development and economic goals. We are thankful for Australia’s continued support for Vietnam’s education priorities and sustainable socioeconomic growth.”