Học Mãi Foundation Medical Students Scholarships


Background

The Học Mãi program was established after senior academics at the University of Sydney’s Northern Clinical School realised that medical graduates in the new millennium needed additional skills to practice in the global environment. In 1998, as part of the University’s globalisation policy, a medical exchange program was launched with the Hanoi Medical University in Vietnam. This involved the exchange of medical students and young doctors between Australia and Vietnam for the purpose of enhancing their medical education. The focus was on young people so they would expand their horizons by exposing them to new experiences and develop collegiate relationships that would be sustained throughout their medical careers.

In 2001, this exchange program was formalised with the establishment of a charitable foundation called Học Mãi, the Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation under the auspices of the University of Sydney. Học Mãi brings together the collective medical knowledge and experience of Australia and Vietnam in an educational partnership. The major goal of Học Mãi, which literally translated means “forever learning”, is to facilitate the exchange of young medical students and health professionals between Australia and Vietnam, with a view to forming bonds and ongoing relationships. Recently, the University of Tasmania joined the Học Mãi program to enable its students to have the Asian experience. Many of the students have described their experience in Vietnam as ‘life-altering’.

Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of Medicine at the University of Sydney, is the Chairman of the Foundation and has a long standing relationship with Vietnam. The dedication of Professor Robinson and the board members and their commitment to the Học Mãi Foundation has been instrumental in driving its programs and building partnerships.

The funds spent on Học Mãi programs are raised entirely by external fundraising or through grants and donations and it is hoped that the successful medical student scholarship recipients will contribute to this fund raising effort.

For more information view the Học Mãi website.