New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Human Resource Development and Education
There are a number of programmes that contribute to human resource development in Viet Nam.
- The New Zealand- ASEAN Scholars awards is a regional scholarships initiative providing post-graduate awards for courses of study that align with sectors of relevance for NZ and ASEAN. An allocation of 30 scholarships per annum has been assigned to Viet Nam.
- The English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) programme aims to improve the English language capacity of government officials from Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Timor Leste and Viet Nam. There are two ELTO intakes per annum of up to 34 officials. Officials come to New Zealand for 22 weeks to study English, with each intake having a special theme.
- After a successful 2011 pilot programme, the English Language Training for Senior Officials (ELTSO) Programme has become an annual event. Each year, 17 Senior officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam come to New Zealand for eight weeks to study English. It is expected that in addition to learning English, the senior officials will have opportunities to establish long lasting relationships with New Zealanders and New Zealand counterparts.
- During 2012 we began implementation of a 5 year NZ$ 7.5 million early childhood development and education project in the central highlands province of Gia Lai. Plan International and the Gia Lai Department of Education and Training are our project partners and the focus is on enabling pre-school and primary school children (with a focus on ethnic minorities) to gain the appropriate level of early childhood education and development in order to succeed. The project draws on NZ experience in early childhood education and supports a child-centred and culturally appropriate approach to education including construction of child-friendly schools and promotion mother-tongue and bi-lingual education.
- In 2012 NZ provided NZ$ 200,000 seed funding to start a joint programme between Victoria University of Wellington and the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam to develop and implement a joint masters degree in International Relations.
- Under the ASEAN Young Business Leaders Initiative three energetic emerging young Vietnamese business leaders visited New Zealand during 2012 to build both their capacity and linkages with NZ business. They were working in the areas of green building materials, agriculture and supermarket retail.