18/07/2015 11:04 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Australia launches New Colombo Plan in southern Vietnam

HCM City, July 17 (VNA) – The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on July 17 kick started the New Colombo Plan in southern provinces.

The plan is the Australian Government’s initiative which aims to help Australian students and trainees pursue learning in Asia-Pacific nations as well as embrace links between people, universities, and businesses of the two sides.

This year, Australia will support about 160 students from 12 Australian universities to study and train in Vietnam in various fields such as teaching, business, forest management, design, agriculture, urban planning, and human sciences.

The programme is expected to establish closer links between Vietnamese and Australian youngsters and create more cooperation opportunities for the two countries.

Consul General John McAnulty said the programme enables Australian students to exchange and cooperate with their peers from Ho Chi Minh City’s universities.

Present at the event were students from University of Adelaide and James Cook, who are studying environment, tourism, and agriculture issues.