Australia’s Northern Territory to be promoted as education hub in Vietnam

Promoting the Territory as a hub for international education will be a priority of The Northern Territory Chief Minister on a trip to Vietnam this week.

Adam Giles has travelled to Vietnam with representatives from the cattle, mining, and tourism industries and officials from Charles Darwin University.

Prior to leaving today he said he will be looking at ways to get Vietnamese students to study in regional parts of the Territory.

"We believe that there are substantial opportunities around Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs, but we think that could extend into regional areas as well," Mr Giles said.

"So this visit is looking at how we can facilitate that growth and development and we will invite our Vietnamese stakeholders to come to the Territory for a visit."

Mr Giles said he will also be examine Vietnam's animal welfare standards for live buffalo during the trip.

He said he will inspect the first load of buffalo recently shipped from Darwin to Vietnam.

"We'll go over there, inspect the buffalo on their arrival, see how they are being treated and make sure the animal welfare issues are managed properly in Vietnam," Mr Giles said.

"But (we will) also provide a positive response to our Vietnamese stakeholders to make sure that they know we want to continue to support the development of future trade."