Griffith University (not an AusCham Member) has just reported on its website that it has been awarded eight Australia Awards Fellowship grants and Vietnamese students will feature strongly.

The article, Griffith awarded eight Australia Awards Fellowship grants is by Helen Wright and was published on the University’s website on 5 June 2015. Below is an edited extract.

Griffith University has been awarded eight Australia Awards Fellowship grants for training programs that will build stronger links between Australia and its international partners.

Under the program, 122 leaders from Mongolia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Sri Lanka, Timor- Leste and Vietnam will study in Brisbane and the Gold Coast as well as visiting Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, traditional Aboriginal lands in Dimbulah- Wungu Country, Melbourne and Sydney.

The Australia Awards Fellowships program, administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, aims to build capacity and strengthen partnerships between Australian organisations and partner organisations in eligible developing countries in support of key development and foreign affairs priorities.

Finance and economics training 

The Fellowships include economic growth programs conducted by Griffith’s Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics (AFE) for the State Bank of Vietnam and Banking University of Vietnam; the Reserve Bank of Fiji; and  the Department of Census and Statistics of the Government of Sri Lanka…

(Professor Fabrizio Carmignani, Head of Department commented that) “We see this as one of the most valuable contributions we can make to development and prosperity in the region.”

Griffith also delivered a successful training program through AFE for 25 officials from the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam in 2014.

“In 2014, the programme was articulated over a period of three weeks and involved a combination of workshops, group work, and site visits to Queensland government offices,” said Professor Carmignani.

“The experience was very successful. The Fellows attending the training programme were all in medium-high level positions in MPI. This ensured that discussion and interaction with lecturers was not only of high quality, but also focused on actual policy issues faced by the Vietnamese government.

“As part of the programme, the Fellows completed a project whose aim was to provide practical, constructive policy options to address development issues in Vietnam”…

Environmental sciences

Programs on capacity building in environmental areas… (include) the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the Institute of Strategy, Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) in Vietnam…

 

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