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Australia Awards Scholarships open for Vietnamese

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 19:11 GMT+7

A scholarship program for masters-level study in Australia is calling for Vietnamese applications from February to March 2017.

Vietnam’s government and central agency officials, staff from NGOs, Vietnamese enterprises, university lecturers and researchers are encouraged to apply for the Australia Awards Scholarships, the Vietnam-Australia Human Resource Development Partnership has announced.

Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian government to the next generation of global leaders for development. They are for full-time study in Australia.

Applications are open online from February 1 until March 31, 2017.

Awardees are expected to begin their studies in Australia in 2018.

“Australia Awards are central to Australia’s people-to-people links with Vietnam”, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick said in a statement.

“By encouraging innovation and supporting the development of a highly-skilled workforce, Australia is contributing to Vietnam’s efforts to meet its development aspirations.

“So I am very pleased to announce applications for Australia Awards Scholarships open for Vietnamese from 1 February 2017, for Masters-level study in Australia.”

The awardees will study at a university of their choice, at Masters level, in priority areas for Vietnam’s development:  governance and economic growth, transport, water and sanitation, education, gender equality, agriculture and rural development, regional stability and human rights, disability and climate change.

Australia Awards recipients are required to return to Vietnam after completing their course to contribute Vietnam’s development.

Australia Awards are building invaluable connections between people, trust between nations, and an understanding of one another’s cultures.

In Vietnam, the Australia Awards Scholarships are part of a broader investment by the Australian Government in human resource development, which includes short courses and informal training opportunities to address gaps in skills and knowledge needed to support Vietnam’s development.

Applicants with a disability and applicants from disadvantaged rural areas are given priority.  Out of 80 awards offered in last year’s round, five awards were given to applicants with disabilities and 15 to applicants from disadvantaged rural areas.

Australia is a leading provider of government scholarships to Vietnam.  There are currently over 5,800 Australia Awards alumni from Vietnam who graduated from Australian universities dating back to the 1970s. 

Further information on the application process is available at http://australiaawardsvietnam.org 

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