Australian Education International - Vietnam


Table of contents

  1. Overview of education and training policies in Vietnam
  2. Australian Education International - Vietnam (AEI Vietnam)
  3. Australian Education Centres (AECs)
  4. Cooperation in education and training between Australia and Vietnam
  5. How to contact us

Overview of education and training policies in Vietnam

The shift to a market economy and strong economic growth in Vietnam have led to an increase in the demand for education and training services.  The Ninth Communist Party of Vietnam Congress in April 2001 re-established education and training as the first priority for the Vietnamese Government, with the Vietnamese Government encouraging the private sector and overseas education and training providers to contribute to the development of Vietnam’s education and training system.  A new Education Law was promulgated in June 1999 to provide a legal framework for education and training activities in Vietnam and regulations on overseas involvement have been issued.  Reforms are currently occurring in all education sectors with support from the Vietnamese Government and donors, including the Australian Government, World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

Australian Education International - Vietnam (AEI Vietnam)

Australian Education International (AEI) is the public face of the Australian Government’s commitment to the international education and training industry.  Part of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), AEI seeks to promote Australia as a source of high quality international education and training and advanced science and technology, ensuring that Australian institutions stay a step ahead in the international market. 

As the official Australian Government representative, AEI Vietnam has been supporting and facilitating the growth of Australia’s international education and training sector in Vietnam since 1994.  With offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, AEI Vietnam has experienced people to provide advice on education and training to the Australian and Vietnamese Governments, education and training providers and other interested organisations.  AEI Vietnam aims to

  • Co-operate with the Vietnamese Government on education and training matters;
  • Enhance Australian participation in education, training and research in Vietnam;
  • Build links between Australian and Vietnamese education, training and research institutions;
  • Provide information in Vietnam about Australian education and training courses through our Australian Education Centres and outreach services;
  • Facilitate the formation of Australian alumni groups to enhance the relationship between Australia and Vietnam;
  • Assist interested organisations in Vietnam to identify relevant quality Australian training providers;
  • Collaborate with government and private education agents in Vietnam to provide a professional and honourable service to people who choose to study in Australia.

Australian Education Centres (AECs)

The Australian Education Centres (AECs), run by AEI Vietnam and located in the same building as the Australian Embassy in Hanoi and the Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City respectively, are uniquely placed to offer quality counselling services to students.

Students and interested people can visit the AEC for information and impartial advice on study opportunities and living in Australia.  The AEC provides students with information on Australian institutions and courses through publications and using the latest technologies.  Free access is available to computers and CD-ROM, the Internet, TV and VCR for viewing institution videos and CDs.

People can do private research or work one to one with an AEC counsellor.

Opening hours are 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm hours from Monday to Friday.  In addition, AECs conduct monthly information seminars on various aspects of studying and living in Australia.  Interested students, parents and others are welcomed to the seminars for group interaction with our knowledgeable AEC staff, people who have studied in Australia, and representatives of Australian schools, colleges and universities.

For more information about the services offered by the AEC or for information on specific courses, please contact:  in Hanoi or  in Ho Chi Minh City.

Cooperation in education and training between Australia and Vietnam

The Australian Education and Training System is highly regarded in Vietnam.  Australia is the market leader in education services in recruiting students for offshore studies.  In early 2001, approximately 3,740 Vietnamese students were studying in Australia with three-quarters of the total being full fee-paying private students.  Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) offers 150 scholarships annually and Australian Department of Defence, Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) also offer scholarships or study support to Vietnamese students.  In addition, AEI Vietnam is currently managing the University of Queensland Masters Scholarship Program of up to 48 masters scholarships annually to graduates of nominated Vietnamese universities.  These scholarship programs and other co-operative projects are contributing to the development of human resource capability in Vietnam and help to promote and further foster the goodwill and co-operation between Australia and Vietnam that already exists in the area of education and training.

In Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other major cities, demand for education and training is especially high in such areas as English language training, business and management training and information technology.  The emerging middle class is gradually becoming an important market for education and training services in the near future.

The number of Vietnamese studying Australian courses in Vietnam was approximately 1,500 in 1999 and grew to over 2,900 in June 2002[1]. Approximately 25 Australian institutions have so far had 75 in-country courses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in higher education, vocational education and training, and English language training.  These courses were either conducted by Australian instructors delivering courses in country, through collaborations with Vietnamese education and training institutions and by distance education.  RMIT International University Vietnam, the first 100% foreign owned university in Vietnam, officially came into operation in mid 2001 in Ho Chi Minh City and is further enhancing Australia's education pre-dominance in Vietnam.  It is estimated that this university once fully established will deliver courses to approximately 10,000 students each year.  Swinburne University of Technology and Vietnam-Australia Building Industry Services (VABIS) have recently applied for a licence to establish Swinburne-VABIS University of Technology in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province with a campus in Ho Chi Minh City.

How to contact us

AEI Vietnam, Australian Embassy
8 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh District
Tel (84 4) 831 8489 or 831 7755 ext. 434; Fax (84 4) 831 7709

Ho Chi Minh City
AEI Vietnam, Australian Consulate General
Ground Floor, Landmark Building, 5B Ton Duc Thang, District 1
Phone: (84 8) 825 6560; Fax: (84 8) 825 6559

For more information about study in Australia, AEI and AEC, please visit the Australian Government’s official website for international students at

[1] Estimated number based on AEI Vietnam research June 2002.

   Australia Government 14/1/2004