Vietnam Study Hub to keep Auckland students connected

The University of Auckland, in partnership with UP Education and LightPath Consulting Group, is launching a Study Hub in Ho Chi Minh City to enhance the online learning experience for students in Vietnam.

Students at Vietnam Study Hub

Brett Berquist, Director International at the University of Auckland said, “The Vietnam Study Hub is the latest development in our Auckland Advantage package of support services for our international students studying online from overseas. We offer these initiatives as a way of keeping our students connected with the University until we can welcome them safely into Aotearoa New Zealand and onto campus in Auckland.”

Located in the Sunwah Inno Innovation Centre – a modern shared workspace in central Ho Chi Minh City – the Vietnam Study Hub will give University of Auckland and UP Education students a dedicated place to meet with their peers, study together, and get learning and career support.

Former New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, Haike Manning, is Founder and Managing Director of LightPath Consulting Group and has been integral to the development of this exciting new initiative. Haike’s extensive international experience as a diplomat led him to establish LightPath with the vision of acting as a bridge between Vietnam and international education opportunities.

Haike said, “The Vietnam Study Hub is something we’ve been working on for a while. We want to offer local, face-to-face support to Vietnamese students commencing their international studies online for the first time, and to help those students at this critical early stage of their studies. We’re delighted to be partnering with the University of Auckland to launch the Hub here in Ho Chi Minh City.”

We offer these initiatives as a way of keeping our students connected with the University until we can welcome them safely into Aotearoa New Zealand and onto campus in Auckland.

Brett Berquist, Director International The University of Auckland

The global pandemic has had a major impact on international students, and staying motivated and engaged while studying online from overseas is one of many challenges they face. Being able to connect with other students and tutors in person can alleviate some of the feelings of isolation students may experience.

Having had similar success to New Zealand in controlling transmission of the virus, Vietnam is currently in the midst of a resurgence of Covid-19 cases. As a way of supporting students in Vietnam, the University is providing this space so they can look forward to interacting with fellow students face to face when it is safe to come together again.

The Vietnam Study Hub will open when social distancing measures in Ho Chi Minh City allow for gatherings, and will operate according to local government health and safety directives. When closed, the learning and career support services will be available to students online, and those outside of Ho Chi Minh City will have access to virtual study and career services.

Tutors from Summa Education, one of the top tutoring providers in Ho Chi Minh City, will give in-person or online learning support and run study skills workshops. Summa Education is a leader in international tutoring and test preparation, and a trusted partner of Ho Chi Minh City's top international schools.

Through the Hub, students will also have access to personalised career support with certified career counsellors. The counsellors are trained by Song An, a not-for-profit social enterprise and a pioneer in the field of career education and development in Vietnam.

Media contact

Kirsten Brown | International Communications Officer
09 923 8154