The AAC, launched in 2015, aims to increase knowledge sharing and promote Australia’s interest in South-East Asia. The Council works to initiate and support activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and the ten South-East Asian counties.
To this end, the AAC grants program enhances collaboration between Australian organisations and partners in South-East Asia by supporting engagement across economic diplomacy, education, women in leadership, science and technology, and the arts. Among 16 projects in 2017, UniSA is successful with a project led by Dr Ngoc Doan, Lecturer in School of Education, titled “Institutional links to address issues in higher education in Vietnam”.
This project focuses mainly on promotes institutional links between the University of South Australia and at least 30 higher education institutions in Viet Nam to enhance learning, teaching and research in English medium instruction (EMI). EMI is a growing trend in the internationalisation of higher education (HE) in many Asian countries. In Viet Nam, EMI programs have been offered over the past decade; however, academics involved in these programs have raised their serious pedagogical and social concerns. The project will bring around 150 lecturers from 30 higher education institutions from North, Centre and South of Viet Nam and from the University of South Australia (UniSA) together to exchange their innovations in EMI through seminars, workshops and classroom observations at UniSA and Vietnamese institutions. These activities will deepen UniSA academics’ understanding of and their involvement in addressing issues related to EMI and provide Vietnamese EMI lecturers and institutions with opportunities to explore pedagogical alternatives to delivering EMI and developing English language support systems for their students.