In the 50 years of Australia’s diplomatic relations with Vietnam, education linkages have emerged as a significant force in fostering mutual understanding and cooperation.

In October 2023, the Australia Vietnam Policy Institute (AVPI) hosted a Perth Roundtable together with AVPI Knowledge Partner, Perth USAsia Centre, as part of the AVPI’s second roundtable series.

The second AVPI roundtable series is being completed under the second iteration of the AVEG Program, supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). This roundtable series will explore new Australia and Vietnam locations and new priority sectors, as identified in the Australia Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy (EEES).

The AVPI Perth roundtable was the first roundtable of this second series. It explored the future potential of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) between Australia and Vietnam, following announcements from both Governments during the 50th anniversary year of diplomatic relations in 2023 of the intention to elevate the strategic partnership to the highest level.

The roundtable was moderated by Jennifer Howell, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement at The University of Western Australia, and brought together 19 participants from education, government, and industry. Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University was the key speaker for this event, presenting RMIT Vietnam’s 23-year journey as a case study for a successful education venture between Australia and Vietnam.

This summary paper has been released by the AVPI and provides insight into the discussions that were held at the roundtable. It focuses on how to build upon the achievements of the past 50 years and create future education opportunities that will contribute to positive outcomes for both countries.

Key takeaways:

  • Education initiatives between Australia and Vietnam are core to strengthening bilateral relations and achieving joint economic ambitions.
  • Collaborative partnerships in education contribute to sustainability and local development by promoting socio-ecological transitions, engaging with local communities, and aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • There is a need to address the disparity in student exchange numbers and Australian outbound student mobility to leverage education for stronger geopolitical ties.
  • Australian education providers are expanding their presence in Vietnam, offering blended educational experiences and an opportunity for enhanced integration and interchange.
  • The facilitation of Transnational Education (TNE) between Australia and Vietnam is recognised as a means to bolster employability and global competence.
  • The reciprocal recognition of accreditation between Australian and Vietnamese higher education institutions is crucial for enhancing the value and mobility of graduates and professional transitions.
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