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Gala Vgong’s Got Talent marks Vietnam-Australia ties

Hundreds of audiences were impressed by stellar performances staged by Vietnamese students in Wollongong (Vgong) at the Gala Vgong’s Got Talent event held in New South Wales, Australia, on June 16.

The event was part of the activities to mark 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-Australia bilateral ties and cherish the establishment of the United Association of Vietnamese Students in New South Wales (UAVS) with the participation of Vgong as a member.

It drew the participation of the Consul General of Vietnam in Sydney as special guest, students and guests from major universities in New South Wales such as the University of Wollongong (UoW), Sydney University, University of New South Wales, University of Technology of Sydney and Macquarie University.

Vietnamese Consul General in Sydney Trinh Duc Hai stressed that education and training is among four pillars in bilateral cooperation under the agreement between the two countries to lift up ties to strategic partnership, which was reached during Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Australia in March.

He expressed his hope that the UoW will play an important role in the bilateral education collaboration.

After the establishment of the UAVS, the association of the Vietnamese intellectuals in New South Wales was set up, whose president and members are professors and researchers at the UoW.

Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Wollongong Paul Gollan, for his part, highlighted that the university is proud of activities of the Vgong, one of the most active and effective clubs in connecting Vietnamese students in Australia.

The UoW has long-standing relations with Vietnamese partners and universities, he said, adding that Vietnam is in top five countries with the most students pursuing study at the university, mostly in engineering, information and technology and business.

The university also welcomes a line-up of leading researchers and scholars from Vietnam and last year many Vietnamese students received major awards and scholarships of the university, he underlined.

Before the gala night, Hai had a meeting with the university’s executive board to discuss measures to foster education cooperation between the UoW and the Vietnamese universities and institutions in the fields of science and technology and business.