Hanoi (VNA) – Australia has announced
the ASEAN-Australia Defence Scholarship for 10 scholars from ASEAN member
nations, including Vietnam, to complete a two-year ‘Master of Strategic
Studies’ Post-graduates degree in Australia.
The announcement was made at the ASEAN-Australia
Special Summit which took place in Sydney, Australia, from March 17-18.
Starting 2019, the programme will fund one representative from each ASEAN member nation and one
“This programme will be the first of its kind for ASEAN defence officials,
which will see ASEAN’s and Australia’s
best and brightest working together to share their experiences and develop
their strategic thinking,” said Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Australian
Minister for Defence.
Colonel Nerolie McDonald, Australian Defence Attaché to Vietnam, said Australia
commenced the Defence Cooperation Programme with Vietnam in 1999. Since then, Australia
has provided more than 2,000 training positions for Vietnamese defence
personnel, including defence scholarships in Australia and Vietnam.
McDonald expressed his belief that personnel from the Vietnam People’s Army
will seek to take up this opportunity.
“Vietnamese Defence students are
outstanding performers in our Defence Cooperation Programme courses and I know
they will do well again in this programme,” he said.
According to the Australian Embassy in
Vietnam, more details of the scholarship will be announced in the coming months
through the Australian Defence Attaché Office in Vietnam.-VNA