24 Apr 2015 Skills
The word of mouth and social media commentary trumpeting South Australia’s world class university institutions is spreading throughout Vietnam, thanks to those who have benefited first-hand from our higher education experience.
Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago has rounded out her week-long visit to Vietnam by attending a reception in Ho Chi Minh City for South Australian university alumni, who are now living and working in South East Asia.
“Over the past week I have visited Vietnamese universities and met with key government and business groups across four cities to promote South Australia as a safe, friendly state with world-class higher education institutions,” Ms Gago said.
“A highlight of the week-long education mission was visiting the State Government-owned project management company, Scope Global, a driving force behind education and development programs that are building stronger communities and improving the skills of people in South East Asia.
“Other successes of this visit include the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UniSA and the Hue University of Sciences, and the signing of a letter of intent between the University of Adelaide and the Ministry of Science and Technology in Hanoi.
“South Australia is paving the way for international collaborations in research and teaching, while building lasting relationships. These partnerships will deliver invaluable learning opportunities for local students and will provide a future path for Vietnamese students and academics to come and work and study here in Adelaide.
“In addition, I announced the provision of four scholarships to be offered to Vietnamese students to study at the State’s universities, which will further strengthen our higher educational ties with Vietnam.”
Last night’s alumni and agents function followed a similar reception in Hanoi last week.
“It was exciting to meet more than 100 South Australian University alumni and education agents, many of whom are now in senior management roles in Vietnamese businesses, and hear first-hand about their experiences, and how their South Australian education has helped prepare them to succeed in their chosen fields.
“International education is South Australia’s largest service sector export, the second biggest overall export earner and accounts for more than 6500 local jobs.
“Overseas students spend almost $1 billion (in tuition fees and living expenses) in South Australia each year. Last year Vietnam was South Australia’s fifth largest source of international students, with more than 1300 students enrolled to study here, a 6 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
“There’s enormous potential to increase the number of Vietnamese students choosing our world class higher education institutions.
“As the word continues to spread about the high quality of education and the safe, friendly environment we have to offer, I expect enrolments from Vietnam will continue to grow,” Ms Gago said.