Agreements bolster Southeast Asia Cooperation on Education



Educational partnership agreements signed between British Columbia and Vietnam in the fall of 2015 will strengthen cooperation between the two countries and create opportunities to showcase B.C.’s advantages in international education.

Signed in Ho Chi Minh City during the visit to Vietnam by B.C.’s Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat in November 2015, the agreements bolster cooperation between the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Training Center, and establish a new relationship with the Vietnam Association of Community Colleges.

BCCIE is a B.C. Crown corporation that promotes internationalization in the province’s public and independent K to 12, public and private post-secondary and language schools. It works to enhance B.C.’s international reputation for education services in support of the B.C.’s International Education strategy.

B.C. and Vietnam have a history of collaboration in the education sector, with several previous agreements between B.C. and Vietnamese institutions, which have resulted in a high number of Vietnamese students choosing to study in B.C. For example, in 2013/14, an estimated 1,100 international students from Vietnam studied in B.C. The recently signed partnership agreements act as a key milestone for the organizations to explore opportunities for collaboration, in particular in the language training, hospitality, and skills development programs. 

“Vietnam has a large, youthful population with a growing middle class, like several other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Each country represents a distinct opportunity for B.C.’s education sector to attract international students to the province, and there is great interest in a coordinated entry into these markets” says BCCIE’s Executive Director Dr. Randall Martin.

British Columbia’s education system is among the most respected in the world. B.C.’s safe and inclusive learning environment, as well as our ever evolving and top notch educational curricula provide high quality education and research opportunities to international students. 

British Columbia will expand its presence in the quickly growing Southeast Asian region by opening new trade and investment representative offices in Indonesia and the Philippines.  The Ministry of International Trade can help B.C. institutions and businesses grow in these markets through its Trade and Investment Representatives offices in the region and in priority markets around the world, as well as its established services in Vancouver. Contact our team for assistance.