Hoc Mai Foundation
The University of Sydney
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The Học Mãi Foundation


The Học Mãi program was started after senior academics at the University of Sydney’s Northern Clinical School realised that medical graduates in the new millennium needed additional skills to practise medicine in the global environment. In 1998, as part of the University’s globalisation policy, a medical exchange program was launched with the Hanoi Medical University in Vietnam. This involved the exchange of medical students and young doctors between Australia and Vietnam for the purpose of enhancing their medical education. The focus was on young people so they would expand their horizons by exposing them to new experiences and develop collegiate relationships that would be sustained throughout their medical careers.

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In 2001, this exchange program was formalised with the establishment of a charitable foundation called Học Mãi, the Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation under the auspices of the University of Sydney. The one of the major goals of Học Mãi, which literally translated means “forever learning”, has always been to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills of young medical students and experienced health professionals between Australia and Vietnam, with a view to forming bonds and ongoing relationships.

The Học Mãi Foundation remains a not-for-profit organisation that fosters medical and healthcare education and knowledge between Australia and Vietnam.



The Học Mãi Foundation has a distinguished Patron, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales. Professor Bashir, Chancellor of The University of Sydney and a psychiatrist, has a long-standing interest in and passion for medical education and health improvement in Vietnam.

Members of the founding Board

  • Professor Kerry Goulston
  • Professor Bruce Robinson
  • Mr John Fisher
  • Mr John Saunders
  • Mr Tom Uren
  • Major General Peter Phillips
  • Dr Meredith Burgmann
  • Professor John Young
  • Professor Ton That Bach
  • Ambassador Vu Chi Cong
  • Dr Thuy Mai-Viet