Vietnam needs a highly skilled workforce to meet its objective of becoming an industrialised country by 2020. The Vietnam-Australia Human Resources Development Strategy 2014-2020 guides Australia’s support for Vietnam’s human resource development. The strategy aims to provide knowledge and skills through the Australia Awards Scholarships and short-term training, to support alumni in their workplaces and to strengthen the links between Vietnam and Australia.
The Australia Awards Scholarships in Vietnam aim to improve the quality of human resources in Vietnam through long term study in Australia. These scholarships equip leaders with skills and knowledge to personally drive change and influence development outcomes in Vietnam. They also strengthen public institutions and promote linkages between Australia and Vietnam. Priority areas of study include economic growth, education, environment, governance, rural development, and infrastructure. From 2007-2015, over 1,896 Australia Awards Scholarships were offered to Vietnamese lecturers, researchers, government employees and development workers to undertake postgraduate study in Australia.
From 2016, the Australia Awards will be delivered as part of a broader Vietnam-Australia Partnership on Human Resource Development. This new program will also include support for alumni, short courses, human resource development in selected organisations and a Women in Leadership program.
More information about the program is available from:
Australian Volunteers for International Development
Since 1985 more than 1,000 Australian volunteers have worked in Vietnam. Australian volunteers work for a range of government, multilateral, local non-governmental and private sector organisations on environment, education, health, agriculture, governance and economic integration areas that are important for Vietnam’s development. In the financial year 2015-16, there will be 30 new volunteers placed in Vietnam.
Throughout 2013-2014 Australian volunteers have helped host organisations in Vietnam to provide:
- access to cancer treatment for 6,000 patients
- road safety education and helmets to 20,000 students, teachers and parents
- improved livelihoods and market opportunities for 6,000 people
- improved teaching skills for eight vocational training institutions
- a Forest People Land Right Network to focus on forest and land rights for ethnic minority people living in highland areas
- training and support in information, education and communication activities on climate change adaptation and disaster response reaching 10,700 people
- increased support to organisations working with disadvantaged people, gender issues, ethnic minorities, rural areas and private sectors.