Eight universities from New Zealand and Vietnam signed new partnership agreements in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday, further strengthening bilateral ties in education sector.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by New Zealand’s Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce.
Besides, representatives from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato also officially signed their strategic new partnerships with four Vietnamese institutions including HCMC-based University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Saigon University, University of Economics and Ho Chi Minh City University of Education.
At the ceremony, AUT signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), one with Saigon University focusing on education discipline and the other new collaboration with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in the areas of language and culture, hospitality and tourism, and social policy.
Massey University’s new agreement with the University of Economics allows students to transfer to New Zealand in their second year of the two year Master program. Students who remain studying in Vietnam still get the same internationally qualified Master of Finance certification.
Victoria University of Wellington’s new partnership with HCMC’s University of Education involves in the joint delivery of Victoria’s Master of Arts in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages. The course will be launched in 2016 and trained in both two countries.
The University of Waikato’s fourth agreement in Vietnam, this time with the University of Economics will see collaborative educational opportunities made available for both students and staff, including degree pathways, curriculum sharing and professional learning.
“The new partnerships represent significant milestones in our education relationship with Vietnam. Students need to be exposed to international thinking and the new ideas that collaborative partnerships and academic exchanges bring to our classrooms. The exposure and experience made available is vital for our graduates to succeed in the increasingly globalized world we live in,” Joyce said.
The minister also told the press that Vietnamese students can consider about some of New Zealand’s most needed areas such as software design, IT technology, engineering… for a well-prepared career in his country. Education New Zealand (ENZ), a New Zealand’s government agency for international education, is also a reliable source for student to check out the official information about varied scholarships and educational policies.
The new institutional partnerships form part of the New Zealand - Vietnam Strategic Engagement Plan on Education approved by Minister Joyce in Vietnam earlier this week, designed to deliver economic, social and cultural benefits to both countries.
The Official Signing Ceremony for the New Zealand - Vietnam Strategic Engagement Plan on Education took place in Hanoi on November 15 and was witnessed by New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key alongside his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung.