April 14, 2020
A historic and significant Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and the prestigious Vietnam National Academy of Music (VNAM) in Hanoi on Monday 3rd December at 10am (ICT).
“This is the most exciting international partnership in the history of The Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). As an iconic Australian organisation, we are proud to begin this association with The Vietnam National Academy of Music which represents the highest level of music education in Vietnam,” Mike Tyler, Chair of the AMEB Board of Directors said.
AMEB is one of the most distinguished and recognised music examination boards in the world. This significant export move is in response to continuing discussions with the VNAM, following AMEB recognising the need for consistent and high-quality music education across Vietnam.
Bernard Depasquale, CEO AMEB says, “The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) is honoured to be partnering with the Vietnam National Academy of Music, in this its centenary year. This partnership is a significant venture to begin our next century, as well as introducing the benefits we offer in music education to Vietnam.”
It is fitting that this understanding is signed in 2018 – a year which marks the 45th year of bilateral diplomatic relations between Australia & Vietnam, and the centenary celebrations of the the Australian Music Examinations Board.
As part of the partnership, AMEB has already committed to over 500 examinations for 2019, and a number of Australian teachers and examiners will travel to Vietnam to train local teachers in the AMEB model and syllabus. The examiners will then become part of the international panel of AMEB examiners. Well respected Dr. Dao Trong Tuyen (Head of Piano Department) and Associate professor, Dr . Nguyen Huy Phuong (Deputy Head of Piano Department) will take the lead in teaching the AMEB syllabus at the Vietnam National Academy of Music and oversee the significant move to allow their students to play some repertoire from AMEB publications in their formal exams. 2020 will also see the launch of a Music Centre in the Vietnam National Academy of Music that will teach piano using AMEB syllabuses and examinations.