Vietnam, UK promote long-term, sustainable, high-quality partnership in education

The Vietnamese Embassy in the UK, in coordination with Vietnam-UK Friendship Network on May 27 organized a webinar on higher education and postgraduate cooperation between Vietnam and the UK.
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The webinar was attended by representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, Universities UK International (UUKi) and universities of Vietnam and the UK.

At the webinar, delegates discussed opportunities for cooperation and investment in the field of higher education and postgraduate between the two countries.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long affirmed that education was one of the top priorities in cooperation between Vietnam and the UK, emphasizing that the UK was an important partner of Vietnam in this regard. This is reflected not only in the number of Vietnamese students studying in the UK but also in the number of cooperative projects between universities and colleges of the two countries, he said, adding that there was ample room for two sides to foster cooperation in education.

Vietnam, UK promote long-term, sustainable, high-quality partnership in education
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha (R) and British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward sign a memorandum of understanding on education cooperation between Vietnam and the UK in 2019.

Vivienne Stern, Director of UUKi, an organization representing and promoting British universities abroad, said that the cooperation in education and training between Vietnam and the UK hadn’t been yet commensurate with their potential. She added that the two countries had many opportunities to develop a long-term, sustainable and high-quality partnership in education, especially in the context that Vietnam was among the five prioritized countries in the UK’s international education strategy.

Stern also pointed out the chances for universities and companies in Vietnam to collaborate and exchange students with educational institutions in the UK through the Turing Scheme, a student exchange program in which the British government will sponsor 35,000 of its students to study abroad.

She also expressed concern about the decrease in the number of Vietnamese students in the UK in recent years and vice versa.

Vietnam, UK promote long-term, sustainable, high-quality partnership in education

Vietnamese students at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Photo: Nottingham Trent University

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, the UK currently leads in the number of international training cooperation programs of Vietnam with 74 transnational programs of 23 British universities. A total of 12,000 Vietnamese students are studying in the UK, nearly 3,500 of whom studied at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the past year alone. Meanwhile, as many as 244 British students are studying at universities or interning at companies in Vietnam.

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