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Australia supporting universities in northwest

Released at: 14:34, 30/08/2017

Australia supporting universities in northwest

Photo: Embassy of Australia

Tay Bac University in Son La province the first to benefit from Australia's Aus4Skills program.

by Le Diem

Tay Bac University and the Australian Government’s Aus4Skills program have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), laying the foundation for a series of cooperative activities to 2020.

The arrangement aims to strengthen Tay Bac University’s leadership and management, the reform of its curriculum and teaching methodology, increase academic support for disadvantaged students, and advance women in leadership roles. Aus4Skills will organize workshops and training courses for senior leaders at the university in academic teaching and leadership.

Located in the economically-disadvantaged northwestern province of Son La, about 80 per cent of Tay Bac University’s students are from ethnic minorities. Rector Nguyen Van Bao said the Australian Government’s support will help the university train skilled human resources to better meet needs and contribute to economic growth in the region. Tay Bac University will also set up long-term partnerships with Australian universities.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Craig Chittick, said the country pledges to assist Vietnam’s human resources development in various ways, including through support for Tay Bac University. “We believe that with strengthened university management and reformed curriculum and teaching methodology, Tay Bac University will be able to provide better academic support to nearly 4,000 ethnic minority students,” he said. “This will increase the success rate of ethnic minority students at university and help them get better jobs.”

Aus4Skills will sign similar MoUs with Thai Nguyen University (TNU) and TNU - University of Agriculture and Forestry in September.

Aus4Skills is a five-year program providing support to Vietnam to achieve the shared goal of the country accessing and using high level professional and technical knowledge, skills, and competencies, to contribute to its sustainable economic and social development.

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