The event was organized by the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organisations (HAUFO), the Hanoi chapter of Vietnam-Australia Friendship Association, and the Australian Embassy in Vietnam.
HAUFO President Nguyen Ngoc Ky highlighted the overwhelming response from teachers and students in Hanoi since the launch of the competition nearly two months ago. A total of 4,315 entries were received from 45 secondary and high schools.
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski mentioned that Vietnam and Australia established diplomatic ties in 1973, and shortly after, the first Vietnamese students arrived in Australia on scholarships. Over 80,000 Vietnamese students have since pursued their education in Australia.
The competition not only deepens students’ understanding of Australia, its people, and the Australia-Vietnam relationship but also enhances their self-learning abilities, reading and writing skills, as well as their proficiency in using and practicing English.
Participants answered multiple-choice questions and wrote essays to demonstrate their knowledge of Australia across various aspects including history, culture, economy, geography, education, and the cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and Australia.
Out of 150 entries selected for the final round, the judging board awarded three collective prizes and 20 individual prizes. Ngo Si Lien secondary school in Hoan Kiem district won the first prize in the collective category, while Dao Nguyen Gia Han from Ngo Si Lien secondary school and Nguyen Hong Phuc from Viet Duc high school received the first prize in the individual category.