Ambassador Wendy Matthews affirmed that education was the priority in the cooperation between Vietnam and New Zealand.
Briefing on the higher education system in New Zealand, Mrs. Wendy Matthews said that New Zealand had eight public universities with world-class faculty, recognized qualifications and facilities. Globally, all the eight universities are listed among the world’s top 500 universities by the 2015-2016 QS. In addition, there are 20 Technology Institutes (ITPs) and dozens of Private Training Schools (PTEs).
Also, New Zealand has a number of government-funded Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE), forming a network of researchers working on agreed research programs.
New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam expressed her willingness to introduce, connect and support VNU to build cooperation with New Zealand universities and looked forward to suggestions and consultations from VNU for more effective educational cooperation between the two sides.
VNU President Nguyễn Kim Sơn stated that VNU had started cooperating with New Zealand since 1996 by signing a cooperation agreement with Auckland University of Technology to organize the English training course in Business Administration. VNU University of Economics and Business also conducted a number of cooperative activities with the University of Massey for the implementation of the joint dotoral training program in Applied Economics, Finance and Banking; joint bachelor business training program in Economics - Finance. However, VNU President said that those activities had not fully exploited the potential and strength of the two sides.
Highly appreciating the Ambassabor’s idea to support and connect the cooperation between the two nations, VNU President Nguyễn Kim Sơn recommended that, in the future, New Zealand support VNU to develop some areas of New Zealand’s strengths and Vietnam’s high demand, particularly in hi-tech agriculture. He also hoped that the Embassy would be the linkage to promote exchanges between educational institutions, scientists and scholars as well as expected that New Zealand universities and VNU member universities would implement more cooperative activities in training and research ...