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Pro Vice-Chancellor International Engagement with ELTO country leaders and staff

English is better with (an) Accent

Victoria University’s engagement with Southeast Asia is about to move up a gear, with the signing by Accent Learning of a three-year contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide an expanded English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) programme for government officials from six Southeast Asian countries and Mongolia. This news came as the last intake of the current phase was drawing to a close (see picture).
Khaing Khaing Win from Myanmar ready to plant

A group of ELTO officials have been playing a part in helping improve Wellington’s environment while they are studying here.

On Saturday  9 May they  volunteered with the Forest and Bird organisation helping create a place for Penguins to nest near Scorching bay at the west of Point Halswell on Miramar Peninsula, and the next weekend they helped plant 2000 trees on Ahumairangi  Hill on the Northern Town Belt as part of Victoria University’s Growing Graduates Programme.  The programme aims to plant 10,000 locally-grown seedlings over five years to celebrate Victoria University’s...
Aung Naing Oo with her ELTO Alumni father, Ohnmar Aung Naing Oo.

Myanmar daughter follows in father’s footsteps

When Ohnmar Aung Naing Oo (known as Cheryl) from Myanmar graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in December it was a dream come true for her father, who also studied at Victoria.
Berit Mohr with her conversation partner Trourpleak Ly

Conversation partners reunite in Cambodia

Berit Mohr, one of the volunteer conversation partners for ELTO intake 39, has just returned from her two week trip to Cambodia. She shares her experiences.
Professor Roberto Rabel  with ELTOs and other Victoria Alumni

First ever Phnom Penh Victoria University Alumni event

Professor Roberto Rabel, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Jeff Howe, Director International Programmes, hosted a reception for Victoria alumni in Phnom Penh on 11 September 2013.The 40 attendees were mainly officials who had studied on Victoria‘s long-running English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) programme. Some former NZAID Scholarship students also attended, as well as representatives from IDP Cambodia and Cambodian university partners.
NZ Governor General with ELTO Alumni

Vietnam-NZ relationship strengthens

ELTO Alumni enjoyed several parties hosted by the New Zealand Government in August 2013. The  celebrations were in honour of  the Governor General Jerry Mateparae's visit to the region. This  visit was to strengthen ties  and  reinforce links especially in economics, trade and investment. Events were held in Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Vientiane, all attended by many ELTO Alumni.
ELTSO participant Mr Diep with his landfill shop purchase

Surprise find at Southern Landfill

A visit to the Southern Landfill proved more than an inspiration to Mr Nguyen Ngoc Diep, a visiting government official from Hanoi, Deputy General Director of the Economic Department of the Office of the Government of Vietnam. His Department takes responsibility for urban management and development which includes urban infrastructure, water supply, rubbish disposal and some construction projects.

Wellingtonians drink heaps of Timor Leste coffee

President Taur Matan Ruak of Timor Leste visited Wellington in June. New Zealand imports half a million dollars worth of coffee from Timor Leste every year.  Read all about his visit in this article from the Dominion Post, Wellington New Zealand.    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8841930/East-Timor-president-blends-in-well
NZ vets, Dr Angela Park, Dr Sue Blaikie, and Dr Pietre Allan with Joanita (left)

NZ vets to help Timor Leste vets

A group of New Zealand vets have been inspired to help vets in Timor Leste as a result of a talk given by Ms Joanita Bendita Da Costa. She is a Timor Leste veterinarian working for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries there, currently in Wellington studying at Victoria on the ELTO Programme.
Cambodian ELTSO participants with Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown

Senior officials from SE Asia in Wellington for course at Victoria

In 2011, 14 senior government officials arrived in New Zealand from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, to study at Victoria University on the ELTSO (English Language Training for Officials), funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 30 June 2013 seventeen more senior officials will arrive in Wellington for eight weeks’ study.
ELTO Officials from Cambodia Vietnam and Laos visit the New Zealand MfE

NZ’s environment ministry makes for an interesting comparison

Four ministry officials from Lao PDR, one from Cambodia and one from Vietnam visited the Ministry for the Environment in Wellington recently. This was part of their ELTO (English Language Programme for Officials) study programme which includes English language training, learning about New Zealand’s systems of government and establishing partnerships with officials in New Zealand.
The environmentally friendly ‘Ger’

Adaptable, transportable and easy on the environment: the Mongolian Ger

Munkhjargal Nergui from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Mongolia explains the advantages of their traditional dwelling.
Timor Leste students celebrate their restoration of Independence

Restoration of Independence celebrated

The highlight of ELTO Week nine was the chance to celebrate  a very significant day with ELTOs from Timor-Leste  – their Restoration of Independence.
Avonechit Vongsipasom checks inside the ‘cow’  for the calf’s birth position

ELTOS get familiar with NZ agricultural training

Checking  inside a simulated cow to see if its calf was in the right position for birth is not an everyday part of the ELTO study programme but Avonechit Vongsipasom from Laos was ready for the challenge.
Cambodia a member of the Beautiful Bays Club

The Sea Festival in Cambodia

Sreysour Manny,  ELTO Intake 35, from the  Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training in Cambodia explains Cambodia’s newest festival, created by the Government to celebrate the sea.
Children enjoy star lanterns and masks

Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam

By Tran Cam An, ELTO Intake 35 - Ministry of Justice, Vietnam
People climb on one of the giant jars

The Plain of Jars

Veomanee Meunluang, ELTO Intake 35, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR, presents one of the most interesting and mysterious sights in Lao PDR called “The Plane of Jars” or in the Lao language “Thong Hai Hin”.
Primary school children in the Irrawaddy Delta Region (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty)

Primary education in Myanmar

Thu Hein Kyaw, ELTO Intake 35, explains the current state of primary education in Myanmar.As we all know, this age is being called the “knowledge age”.  Where does knowledge come from? Knowledge comes from learning. Yes, it is because of that we have been learning since the beginning of our lives. Systematically, we start learning at fundamental schools, so called primary schools. These schools are very crucial for our societies because the children represent the future...

Gibbon a symbol of conservation in Laos

By Khamvanh Lorkhamyong, ELTO Intake 35, Ministry of Home Affairs
Disaster or Prosperity? Mongolia or Minegolia?

Mongolia’s economy: not a tiger but a wolf!

By Sanchirdulam SededELTO Intake 35 Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in Mongolia.  Nowadays the  Mongolian Economy is referred to as“the Wolf Economy”. Before I explain why I will give you an  overview of the economy. Then, I will discuss the disadvantages and advantages of Mongolian Economic Development. Next, I will explain the reason why the Mongolian Economy is known as “the Wolf Economy”.  Let’s start with the overview of the Mongolian...
A kite with the image of Angkor Wat on it

What makes Khmer Kites unique?

By Saroeun Sopor, ELTO Intake 35, from the Ministry of Justice in Cambodia, reports on her country’s very special kites.    Many people know about kites but they don’t know exactly about Khmer kites. In Cambodia kites are very special. The word for kite in Khmer is KLENG. It is the name of a bird (eagle). Kite flying  is a popular game in Cambodia and is part of its traditional culture and long history.   There are three religions involved in the flying...
OFFICIAL FROLIC: It’s all part of the New Zealand experience

From Asian summer to NZ ice and snow

In early July 2009 , 30 eager officials from Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and Viet Nam left their warm climates and stepped off the plane in Wellington to our worst winter ever. Undaunted by the cold and very happy to be here, they soon headed out of Wellington into even lower temperatures and got a chance to be in New Zealand snow for the first time.
Aung Naing Oo with her ELTO Alumni father, Ohnmar Aung Naing Oo.

Myanmar daughter follows in father’s footsteps

When Ohnmar Aung Naing Oo (known as Cheryl) from Myanmar graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in December it was a dream come true for her father, who also studied at Victoria.
Berit Mohr with her conversation partner Trourpleak Ly

Conversation partners reunite in Cambodia

Berit Mohr, one of the volunteer conversation partners for ELTO intake 39, has just returned from her two week trip to Cambodia. She shares her experiences.
Professor Roberto Rabel  with ELTOs and other Victoria Alumni

First ever Phnom Penh Victoria University Alumni event

Professor Roberto Rabel, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Jeff Howe, Director International Programmes, hosted a reception for Victoria alumni in Phnom Penh on 11 September 2013.The 40 attendees...
NZ Governor General with ELTO Alumni

Vietnam-NZ relationship strengthens

ELTO Alumni enjoyed several parties hosted by the New Zealand Government in August 2013. The  celebrations were in honour of  the Governor General Jerry Mateparae's visit to the region. This...
ELTSO participant Mr Diep with his landfill shop purchase

Surprise find at Southern Landfill

A visit to the Southern Landfill proved more than an inspiration to Mr Nguyen Ngoc Diep, a visiting government official from Hanoi, Deputy General Director of the Economic Department of the Office of...

Wellingtonians drink heaps of Timor Leste coffee

President Taur Matan Ruak of Timor Leste visited Wellington in June. New Zealand imports half a million dollars worth of coffee from Timor Leste every year.  Read all about his visit in this...
NZ vets, Dr Angela Park, Dr Sue Blaikie, and Dr Pietre Allan with Joanita (left)

NZ vets to help Timor Leste vets

A group of New Zealand vets have been inspired to help vets in Timor Leste as a result of a talk given by Ms Joanita Bendita Da Costa. She is a Timor Leste veterinarian working for the Ministry of...
Cambodian ELTSO participants with Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown

Senior officials from SE Asia in Wellington for course at Victoria

In 2011, 14 senior government officials arrived in New Zealand from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, to study at Victoria University on the ELTSO (English Language Training for Officials), funded by the New...
ELTO Officials from Cambodia Vietnam and Laos visit the New Zealand MfE

NZ’s environment ministry makes for an interesting comparison

Four ministry officials from Lao PDR, one from Cambodia and one from Vietnam visited the Ministry for the Environment in Wellington recently. This was part of their ELTO (English Language Programme for...
The environmentally friendly ‘Ger’

Adaptable, transportable and easy on the environment: the Mongolian Ger

Munkhjargal Nergui from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Mongolia explains the advantages of their traditional dwelling.
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