Israel's official overseas development cooperation was launched in 1958 with the aim of sharing with the rest of the developing world the know-how and technologies which provided the basis for Israel's own rapid development.
What started as a modest program focused on grassroots-level human capacity building - at a time when Israel itself was still very much a developing country - has blossomed into an extensive program of cooperation throughout the developing world with the aim of promoting sustainable development and social equity.
Since 1958, the Center for International Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry of Israel, or as it is more commonly known by its Hebrew acronym - MASHAV, has trained almost 200,000 course participants from approximately 140 countries, in Israel and abroad. MASHAV has also developed dozens of demonstration projects worldwide in areas of Israeli expertise.
Every year, a number of scholarships for long-term and short international training courses and international workshops in Israel will be granted by Mashav (Mashav – the abbreviation of Center for International cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel) to Vietnamese experienced candidates who have good English command and are working in variety of fields such as agriculture, education, health care, etc,.
MASHAV in Vietnam
Short training courses in Israel and On the Spot courses (OTSC) organized in Vietnam are two key activities of Mashav section annually. Vietnamese candidates and participants participated in courses are educators, lecturers, researchers, businessmen who are working for governmental agencies and institutes. Since 1994, there have been nearly 285 Vietnamese candidates sent to Israel for training courses in the field of health care, agriculture, education, urban and rural development. (Please, see more details in the table below). The related expenses of the course including tuition fees, accommodation, domestic travel is sponsored by Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the return air ticket is covered by participant or local/international partners.