The Hanoitimes - 52 Vietnamese people have won Australia Awards Scholarships and will soon leave the country to undertake postgraduate studies at the Australian university of their choice.
The Australian Government actively encourages and supports people with disabilities, from disadvantaged rural areas, and from ethnic minorities to participate in the Australia Awards. As a result, this group of awardees includes three people with disabilities and four from ethnic minority groups.
52 Vietnamese people have won Australia Awards Scholarship.
Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development.
Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.
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 participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of their own country.
The Awards are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training.
Applicants who want to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship.
Awardees are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the awardee incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.
Since 1973, Australia has worked with Vietnam to provide scholarships to outstanding Vietnamese students, helping Viet Nam to build its human resources. The new scholars are the latest of over 6,000 Vietnamese students who have received Australian Government scholarships.