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NZ & Vietnam reinforce education cooperation

Released at: 17:00, 29/10/2019

NZ & Vietnam reinforce education cooperation

Photo: New Zealand Embassy Hanoi

New collaboration arrangement signed to bolster Vietnam's education sector.

by Le Diem

A collaboration arrangement was signed between Education New Zealand (ENZ) and the Hanoi Department of Education and Training (DoET) on October 29 in Hanoi.

ENZ and Hanoi DoET will develop a capacity building framework across a variety of areas, including training and program development for students in the capital and scholarships offered by New Zealand institutions.

The arrangement will also include industry engagement, improving institution-to-institution partnerships, as well as assessment and training for the city’s teachers and education leaders.

The purpose of the capacity building framework is to help prepare Vietnam’s future workforce with the skills needed to boost Hanoi’s impressive economic growth.

The arrangement has been designed to deliver human resources development benefits to Hanoi and New Zealand, according to New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Wendy Matthews. “Education is a key pillar in the New Zealand - Vietnam relationship, and New Zealand is proud to be a world leader in this field,” she said. “I am very pleased that New Zealand will play its part in developing the necessary human capital for Vietnam’s future through our growing education relationship, including through scholarship programs and increasing institution-to-institution links between our two countries. Looking ahead, 2020 will be a special year in the bilateral relationship, as New Zealand and Vietnam will celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations.”

Vietnamese students are increasingly choosing New Zealand education as the best option to prepare them for the future of work and a successful career. Vietnamese student numbers in New Zealand grew 30 per cent between 2016 and 2018, with 2,772 Vietnamese students studying in New Zealand in 2018.

There is growing recognition among local students that New Zealand’s education system equips them with the independent thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills required to have a successful career, according to Mr. John Laxon, Education New Zealand’s Regional Director for Asia. “New Zealand has been consistently ranked as the best English-speaking education system in the world in preparing students for the future of work, by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Educating for the Future Index,” he said. “Vietnamese families can be confident that their children will become better students and better leaders by experiencing a world-class New Zealand education.”

ENZ will host student workshops in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi next month, with the topics “Sustainable Business” and “Skills for the Future of Work.”

Education New Zealand is a New Zealand government agency for international education. It works to grow awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and to support New Zealand education providers and businesses to take their services and products abroad.

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