The Học Mãi Foundation
The Học Mãi program was started after senior academics at the University of Sydneys 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 Universitys 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.
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.