2018 is an important milestone for the UK and Vietnam as it marks 45 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations. The fruitful relationship that Vietnam and the UK have enjoyed is reflected through sound bilateral trade, regular exchange of high-ranking delegations and robust cooperation between enterprises from both sides. In the first half of this year, two-way trade reached 3.12 billion USD, demonstrating an increase of 14.2% year-on-year. Under the GREAT campaign, The British Embassy and Consulate-General in Vietnam are holding a series of events to promote British business, education, science and culture in the upcoming months. Among these events are the InspireMe festivals in October (Hanoi) and November (Ho Chi Minh City). InspireMe festivals are the chance to showcase the finest of British innovative, creative and cultural aspects to community. The festivals will host exhibition from around 50 UK and international businesses and organisations working in Education, Science & Innovation, Tourism, Culture and CSR. Movie screenings, live music, fashion shows and business discussions are also included.
This year also marks 25 years since the British Council established its presence in Vietnam as an advocate for building cultural relations and education opportunities. The UK is one of the top destinations for Vietnamese seeking education abroad. It is estimated that currently over 10,000 Vietnamese are studying in the UK. With an aim to further endorse UK education in Vietnam, the British Council is organizing the International School Roadshow and Study UK Exhibition 2018 in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this October. Both of these events offer an opportunity for prospective Vietnamese students to find out more about higher education in the UK. Study UK Exhibition 2018 will be the biggest student recruitment event for over 50 UK institutions in Vietnam. The programmes will include counselling sessions with UK schools, seminars about studying in the UK and alumni talks.