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Victoria, Australia to boost Vietnam’s tech workforce

The technology and skills expertise of Victoria, Australia is helping foster a unique relationship in Vietnam as Melbourne based Swinburne University of Technology partners with FPT University, which is a leading private university in Vietnam.

According to a recent press release, the University’s sought-after courses in information and communication technology (ICT), innovation and entrepreneurship will be accessible to Vietnamese students under the program.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula attended the launch in Hanoi and commended both institutions for their commitment in developing a highly skilled workforce for Vietnam, one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies.

Developing Vietnam’s workforce

He shared that they are working hard to grow the sector by making sure students have the best possible experience in Victoria and this partnership will mean more students in Vietnam get exposure to world-leading education opportunities.

The University is one of Victoria’s largest public universities. It has over 50,000 students enrolled.

It is a leader in science, technology and innovation with a strong focus on industry engagement and social inclusion.

The University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor explained that Swinburne is a leader in creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

This partnership enables them to combine strengths with their Vietnamese colleagues as they realise their goal of producing job-ready graduates for a society facing significant changes.

What does the partnership entail?

As reported, the small suite of internationally sought after undergraduate programs will be offered in Hanoi from September 2019.

The proposed courses will be offered in a staged implementation process that will include:

  1. Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
  2. Bachelor of Business
  3. Bachelor of Media and Communication

On top of the teaching and learning activities, the Swinburne-FPT partnership will also improve the student mobility between Melbourne and Vietnam as there will be opportunities for Swinburne students to undertake studies in Vietnam and vice versa.

Together, the universities will expand student learning opportunities and deliver high quality and employable graduates taking advantage of each partner’s global networks.

Swinburne students in Vietnam will take advantage of the opportunities to study in Melbourne and Sarawak, while Swinburne students in Melbourne and Sarawak can travel to Vietnam for study, internships and potentially work in an FPT global location

International education

The state’s largest services export is international education, which has generated A$ 10.6 billion in revenue in 2017-2018 and is supporting almost 79,000 jobs.

Victorian tertiary education institutions are at the forefront of international collaborations and engagement, which helps create local jobs and boost our exports.

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney explained that they are encouraging knowledge exchange and student mobility because it is good for the Victorian economy and creates a long-lasting partnership that is good for students at home and abroad.

International students are choosing to study in Victoria in record levels with 2018 enrolment figures showing more than 227,000 students from 170 countries now studying across the state.

Vietnam is Victoria’s fourth largest market with around 12,700 enrolments.

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