Australian educators awarded Vietnamese education insignia
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(VOV) - The Vietnamese embassy in Canberra, Australia, held a ceremony on February 7 to award the “Educational Cause” insignias to Professor Ian Young, who is Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU), Dr Suiwah Leung, and Ms Billie Headon.
Australian senator Kate Lundy; Director of the Crawford School of Economics and Government, Tom Kompas; ANU professors researching Vietnam and Vietnamese postgraduates attended the event.
Addressing the ceremony, Ambassador Hoang Vinh Thanh stressed that these insignias represent recognition from the Vietnamese Government and Ministry of Education and Training for the great contributions Ian Young, Suiwah Leung, and Billie Headon have made to Vietnamese education since the country initiated its Doi Moi (renewal) process more than 25 years ago.
Professor Young said he hopes to expand both personal and professional ties and cooperation between Vietnam and ANU.
He said over 120 Vietnamese students are now studying at ANU, 50 percent of whom are postgraduates.
Dr Suiwah Leung and Billie Headon are participating in joint training and research programs with Australia’s Crawford School of Economics and Government and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration, the University of National Economics, and the State Bank of Vietnam.