Vietnamese candidates will see more opportunities to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees abroad with 60 full scholarships under the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship program in 2022, Marise Payne – Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women of Australia – announced on Tuesday.
The announcement was made during Minister Payne’s speech at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) on Tuesday as part of her official visit to ASEAN countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
The Australian minister sees the trip as an opportunity to advance Australia’s relationship with key partners and strengthen the shared work to promote the region’s economic and health recovery from COVID-19.
In her speech at the DAV, Payne emphasized the strategic partnership in education and training that Vietnam and Australia are maintaining.
Since 1974, the Australian government has offered over 6,500 full-ride scholarships to Vietnamese talents to attend training at Australian facilities, she stated.
After a one-year hiatus due to coronavirus-related hindrances, the selection process for the Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS) in Vietnam will return in early 2022.
The 2022 AAS program will allot 60 fully-paid scholarships, which include full tuition fees, air travel costs, living expenses, and health insurance, to selected Vietnamese applicants, according to the minister.
Payne’s visit to Vietnam takes place against the backdrop that the Vietnam-Australia Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy was launched earlier this month by both countries’ prime ministers.
On Tuesday morning, the Australian diplomat co-chaired the second ASEAN-Australia Women, Peace, and Security Dialogue in Hanoi.
Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term awards administered by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at Australian facilities, before they can drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.