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Vietnam among top 5 destination for Australian students

Released at: 13:50, 18/11/2019

Vietnam among top 5 destination for Australian students

Australian New Colombo Plan students’ activities in Vietnam. Photo: Embassy of Australia

Vietnam one of the leading choices of Australian students in government exchange program.

by Le Diem

Vietnam continues to be a top choice for Australian undergraduate students participating in the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

According to the Australian Embassy, in 2020, 677 students from 22 Australian universities will visit Vietnam to undertake studies and job experience through 47 different projects. The New Colombo Plan provides Australian students with the opportunity to gain the cross-cultural awareness and experiences that are vital in today’s globally-connected workforce.

Of the 36 New Colombo Plan host countries in the Indo-Pacific region in 2020, Vietnam will receive the fourth largest group of students. This year, the number of Australian undergraduates who will have received scholarships to visit Vietnam since 2015 - the inaugural year of the program - will rise to 3,609, making Vietnam the fifth most popular destination in the program.

The 47 New Colombo Plan projects in which students will participate in Vietnam in 2020 include those in health, information technology, community development, agriculture, environmental management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and language teaching.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Robyn Mudie, said that, over time, the growing cohort of New Colombo Plan alumni will play an increasingly important role in Australia’s relationships with Vietnam. “They will become an influential and diverse network of Australians with direct country experience and strong professional and personal networks with Vietnam, and they will contribute to the future prosperity of both countries,” she said.

Reflecting on their time in Vietnam, current New Colombo Plan alumni spoke highly about the skills and knowledge they had gained. Alumni said that their experience in Vietnam had played a significant role in shaping their personal values and global perspectives.

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. The New Colombo Plan involves a scholarship program for study of up to one year and internships or mentorships, and a flexible mobility grants program for both short and longer-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums, and research.

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