The Australia Awards recipients were selected for their academic abilities, leadership qualities, and their potential to drive positive change in Vietnam. They will gain a quality education in Australia, advance their knowledge and build networks across a range of areas, including economic growth, disability, governance, food security, gender equality, health, agriculture and fisheries, infrastructure and regional stability.

“My hard work over the past years has finally paid off. I feel so excited and am looking forward to the challenging yet fascinating experience in Australia,” said Ly Sao Mai at the recent pre-departure briefing for Australia Awards recipients.

Australian Ambassador Robyn Mudie to Vietnam speaks at the awarding ceremony

Reflecting Australia’s commitment to social inclusion, awardees include people with disability, ethnic minorities and rural disadvantaged. Mr Nguyen Minh Tuan, a successful awardee from the Thien An Shelter Social Center for The Blind in HCMC said, “This scholarship offers me the opportunity to study Master of Education at Flinders University. I believe that upon completion of the study and return to Vietnam, I will be able to strengthen the Inclusive Education Programs, and to find practical solutions to educational problems of the people with disability in local areas.”

“Australia Awards scholarships are equipping a new generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to make a difference.  These scholarship recipients will return home from their study in Australia with new ideas and the ability to make a significant contribution to Vietnam’s development.  I am confident that they will thrive during their period of study in Australia and I wish them every success for their future endeavours,” said H.E. Ms Robyn Mudie, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam.

The Australian Ambassador and 29 Australia Awards Scholarship winners in a joint photo

This cohort of 50 awardees are among over 6,000 Vietnamese students who have received long-term and short-term training opportunities from the Australian Government since the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1973.  Many Australia Awards alumni have reached positions of leadership in both the private and public sectors in different parts of Vietnam.

The Australia Awards Scholarships are part of the broader investment by the Australian Government in human resource development in Vietnam.  This investment provides learning opportunities to address knowledge and skills gaps to help Vietnam realise its aspirations to become a prosperous and socially inclusive country.

Reported by Binh Chau