Client name: Australian Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Duration: July 2009 - ongoing

Location: Vietnam

Coffey currently manages the Australia Awards Vietnam scholarship program, supporting Vietnam’s economic growth and development.

Situation

Australia and Vietnam have maintained a strong diplomatic partnership for more than 40 years. Australia supports Vietnam’s continuing prosperity, with a focus on improving health and education quality affected by years of extreme poverty and war.

The Australia Awards are Australian Government scholarships offered to postgraduate applicants around the world who are passionate about supporting the growth of their country. Since 1974, over 4000 Australia Awards Scholarships have been awarded to Vietnamese applicants. This has given Vietnam’s next generation of leaders the education opportunities that will enable them to be at the forefront of development in Vietnam. The Australia Awards Vietnam strongly encourages women, people with disabilities and people from marginalised groups to apply.

Solution

Coffey manages the Australia Awards Vietnam, ensuring recipients study across a range of industries and areas to support the country’s development goals. The current focus is on improving the quality of Vietnam’s human resources, transport infrastructure and policy, rural access to clean water and hygienic sanitation, and climate change adaptation across the Mekong Delta.

Coffey is responsible for managing the overall scholarship cycle including providing services for program promotion, selection and placement of awardees, monitoring of scholars’ progress while studying, program monitoring and evaluation, and provision of alumni support.

Once recipients return to Vietnam, they join an alumni network of academics, business and community leaders and government officials. This provides access to mentoring, events, academic resources, and development grants to consolidate the professional knowledge gained in Australia. 

Result

Annually, the program makes available over 200 scholarships targeting central and local development officials, development workers, tertiary lecturers and researchers.

We introduced the Equity of Access Fund program to facilitate equal access to the Australia Awards for those with disabilities, the rural disadvantaged and ethnic minorities. Females currently constitute 61 per cent of the awardees, while disabled, regional and provincial applicants are also well represented.