Visit from Victorian Government delegation helps promote greater international linkages at REACH


  • REACH Vietnam has been visited by a delegation of educators from the State Government of Victoria (Australia) to discuss improving the vocational education on offer at REACH.

  • The delegation came as part of the Global Victoria program.

  • Attendees included: Bev Jeffreys from Bendigo’s Kangan Institute; Ms Jan Matheson from Melbourne Polytechnic; and Mr James Stanford from Holmesglen Institute.

  • The delegation toured the facility and offered recommendations and insights into further developing REACH’s international linkages.

Hanoi, VietnamAugust 30 2019A delegation from the State Government of Victoria (Australia) has today visited REACH’s Hanoi campus further cementing ties between REACH and the Victorian vocational education system.

This comes just weeks after REACH’s Executive Director, Tam Pham Thi Thanh, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Victoria’s Chisholm Institute.

“It’s really exciting,” said Thanh. “Building these ties with international institutions is crucial to developing our model and the quality of our training to be the best that it can be!”

The delegation was led by Ewa Kuriata, the Senior Manager, Trade and Business Development, International Education, Global Victoria and was comprised of a number of educators from several well known institutions in Australia. This included: Bev Jeffreys from Kangan Institute; Ms Jan Matheson from Melbourne Polytechnic; and Mr James Stanford from Holmesglen Institute.

All three institutions provide vocational education in Victoria and internationally recognised accreditation to graduating students.

“Their knowledge is invaluable,” said Thanh. “It really is a fantastic opportunity for REACH to learn from international masters of the industry about how we can develop our own accreditation.”

REACH’s guests were taken on a tour of the facility and briefed in the overall operations.

There was also a round table discussion during which skills training programs were discussed alongside REACH’s pursuit of international certification.

The opportunity was also used to discuss ways that REACH could further develop its trainers lifting the quality of the courses on offer at REACH.

“Trainer development has always been a key to REACH’s success,” said Thanh. “Utilising this visit to draw on the experiences and skills of these experts to gain a greater insight into where we should direct our resources is invaluable to the organisation.”

This is just one more step on the path to expanding the opportunities available to REACH graduates.

“International accreditation is a big part of REACH’s strategic plan and the benefits of achieving this goal stand to be enormous,” said Thanh. “This is not only true for the organisation but the students in particular. The doors that the successful implementation of an accreditation program will open are vast and many.”

“We really appreciate our guests taking the time to visit REACH and to share their expertise. We hope to take what we’ve learned and use it to make REACH a stronger organisation.”

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REACH is a Vietnamese nonprofit organization specializing in vocational training, career advice, and job placement services for disadvantaged Vietnamese youth. REACH has six locations around Vietnam and trains over 1000 young people annually. These students include young people who have grown up in poverty, who are living with disabilities, and victims of human trafficking among many others. 


Over ten years REACH has trained over 16,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 30. Of those, we have placed more than 80% in stable in employment and REACH graduates earn almost 20% more than the national minimum wage. 

About Kangan Institute and Bendigo Tafe

As two of Victoria’s most prominent providers of vocational training, Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE combine extensive experience in the education sector with a fresh look for the future. 

We attract more than 30,000 enrolments each year and are major training providers for the automotive, health and community sectors as well as Indigenous education. We also have a strong presence in a range of industries such as agriculture, business and fashion, as well as justice and legal.

About Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic has been delivering vocational training since 1912 and today offers a diverse range of innovative, hands-on TAFE (VET) and Higher Education (Degree) programs to equip students with the knowledge and skills to excel in an evolving and challenging marketplace.

About Holmesglen Institute

Holmesglen is a leading tertiary provider of the 21st Century, valued by local and international learners, industry and the community. We are recognised for innovation in education and training, applied research,  creativity and entrepreneurship. Our open, collaborative and quality-driven culture inspires learners and staff to excel.

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