Strengthening ties with Vietnam
La Trobe University is one of Australia’s leading universities with an international reputation for world-class research, particularly in the areas of biosciences and cell biology. Recently the Australian government assessed La Trobe’s research in these areas as ‘well above world standard’, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Index ranked La Trobe University third best in the state of Victoria.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) Professor John Rosenberg are in Vietnam this week as part of a large mission from La Trobe University. They are here to attend the graduation of Vietnamese students studying with La Trobe in Vietnam and to meet friends and colleagues they have made working closely with institutions such as Hanoi University and the Ministry of Education and Training.
La Trobe is also seeking to significantly strengthen existing ties and make new relationships with Vietnamese universities.
‘La Trobe has always had a strong focus on being an international University, and our growing presence in this wonderful country is evidence that our commitment to internationalisation continues to grow. I am here with a senior delegation from our home base in Melbourne, and this is the second time we have brought such a senior delegation to Vietnam,’ says Professor Johnson.
Through the partnership with Hanoi University nearly 500 students are studying for a La Trobe University degree or diploma.
La Trobe University is already known as one of the friendliest and most welcoming university’s in Australia for Vietnamese students, and the goal is to significantly increase the number of students from Vietnam on our Melbourne and regional campuses.
La Trobe University is offering excellent scholarships for Vietnamese students in sciences and other specialist areas. The University is in the midst of huge growth with a $288m centre for agricultural bioscience to open next year and a $94m centre for molecular science LIMS to open in 2013.
These new research facilities will undoubtedly enhance La Trobe’s strengths in science and it is likely the best universities working in Vietnam in agri-bioscience will increasingly see La Trobe as an attractive partner, especially in an era when food and agricultural security is becoming more crucial.
In summary, La Trobe University is seeking new partnerships and looking for deeper links with more Vietnamese universities in coming years.
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