Visit to bolster education links between the two countries.
New Zealand’s Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Mr. Steven Joyce, is undertaking his second visit to Vietnam from August 5 to 7.
The key objective of the visit is to celebrate and strengthen education links between the two countries, recognizing the critical importance of education to the bilateral relationship.
In Hanoi Minister Joyce will hold talks with Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan and Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, and pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The two Education Ministers co-hosted a Vietnam-New Zealand Education Forum on August 5, involving senior education officials and representatives from a number of New Zealand universities and their Vietnamese counterparts. A revised bilateral Education Cooperation Agreement was signed during the Forum, announcing the next Joint Education Commission, as well as a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Auckland University of Technology and Quang Ninh province.
Education links featured strongly during the visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to New Zealand last March, New Zealand Ambassador H.E. Haike Manning said. “So the Education Forum co-hosted by Minister Joyce and Minister Luan was an excellent chance to get some of the key people together from both countries to talk about how we can further strengthen these foundational links between our two countries,” he said.
Education ties have grown considerably over the years through several initiatives, including New Zealand’s post-graduate scholarship awards for Vietnamese students and English Language Training for Officials (ELTO). New Zealand is now a popular destination for self-funded Vietnamese students, with approximately 2,000 choosing the country as an education destination each year. Several New Zealand universities are also partnering with universities in Vietnam to offer high quality studies.