The selection panel for the AusCham RMIT Executive MBA Scholarships 2017 had a simple task: select the best applicant from Hanoi and the best applicant from HCMC – and award each a 50 per cent EMBA Scholarship.

However, the task was made considerably more difficult when the selection panel could not separate three candidates. And so, in the end, RMIT University agreed to offer three scholarships at 50 per cent each.

AusCham is delighted to announce the names of the successful candidates. They are:

  1. Mr Jimmy Pham Van Tuan Phat, KOTO (HCMC);
  2. Mr Van Long Tan Nguyen, an alumnus of RMIT and a former staff member of KPMG (Hanoi & HCMC)
  3. Mr Do Tuan Binh, QBE Insurance (Hanoi)

See profiles below.


1. Mr Jimmy Pham Viet Tuan, HCMC

Jimmy is the founder of the first registered social enterprise in Vietnam called KOTO – Know One Teach One.

With 18 years of building this not-for-profit organization from the ground up to a now award winning organization, it employs over 120 employees and 200 trainees in two major cities in Vietnam. Besides the good work of KOTO, he also creates value by forming noteworthy partnerships with major brands such as Starbucks, Unilever, Group M, PWC and KPMG.

Jimmy says that “By having an opportunity to study an EMBA course, another benefit I can see immediately is to consolidate the aforementioned partnerships even further with expansion plans, offering far reaching social impact and scalability”.

According to Jimmy,“the core subjects of the EMBA course” combined with 18 years of hands-on experiences will allow him to “dive deep” into each core competency, training him in strategic thinking, executive knowledge, skills developments and credibility.

These core subjects “will allow me to understand, by way of discussion, debates and field visits, the mechanics of the working business/ entrepreneurial world”.

2. Mr Van Long Tan Nguyen (Hanoi & HCMC)

Q1 – Firstly, would you please introduce yourself? (Your working experiences; your education background; etc.)

My name is Van Long Tan Nguyen. I am an American Vietnamese who immigrated to the United States when I was just three years old. I graduated, with honors, from the University of Houston with a BBA in Management in 2011. I have worked as part of many different organizations in the last 10 years. I served the community as an AmeriCorp member, logging over 1,600 hours of community service before I turned 18.

After graduating from my undergraduate program, I worked at Exxon Mobil as their community outreach intern. After my internship, I worked for four years at Stewart Lender Services, where I served as an Operation Lead.

Coming to Vietnam, I completed my Master of International Business in 2015, also winning a RMIT scholarship for that degree. I then interned for KPMG in 2015 as part of their Information Technology Advisory team. I am currently employed as a Solution Specialist for Azure and cloud infrastructure for Microsoft.

Q2 – How did you know about the EMBA program of RMIT Vietnam? Why did you decide to apply for the program?

I learned about the EMBA program when I was undertaking my Master of International Business studies at RMIT. I applied for the EMBA program because of the awesome faculty that I was exposed to during my first master’s degree.

Q3 – How did you feel when you get the scholarship?

I felt shocked when I learned that I was awarded the scholarship. There were so many qualified applicants that I honestly feel very privileged to be selected.

Q4 – What is your plan in the future?

I plan to make a big impact in the Vietnamese technology space in the next 5-10 years as part of Microsoft. After contributing to Vietnam, I hope to return to the United States to pursue my PhD in strategic management from a Tier 1 university.

Q5 – Do you want to share anything to future RMIT Vietnam students who also want to apply the scholarship?

“Shoot for the moon; even if you miss you will land among the Stars”

3. Mr Do Tuan Binh, Hanoi

Mr Do Tuan Binh is the Hanoi Branch Manager for QBE Vietnam Insurance Ltd, a business unit of QBE Asia Pacific, one of the Top 20 global insurance groups.

Binh graduated from Foreign Trade University of Vietnam with a Bachelor of International Economics, with Distinction, in early 2000. He also completed a Masters Course in the same subject and at the same University.

Binh’s first job was with the Vietnam Ministry of Commerce. He joined the Insurance Industry in 2003. At QBE, he can approach global business insight and technology as well as lend himself to cross-cultural environments where diversity and inclusion are valued.

He heard about RMIT’s EMBA a few years ago when he first jointed AusCham. And this year he was indebted to Ms. Nguyen Minh Hien, Student Recruitment & Stakeholder Manager of RMIT Vietnam, for knowing in more detail this EMBA and also scholarship application.

Binh was impressed by the way this EMBA program is designed to build on our professional experience through collaborative learning, strategic-thinking and problem-solving. The program content is delivered by industry experts from overseas, so we can further develop our international business insights, while also examining issues that are relevant to our region. The flexibility in teaching/learning and self-study encouragement and hands-on assignments which help to simulate the real life situation is also attractive to those who are still working full-time while studying, like me.

In business, working hard no longer seems to be enough. One must work smarter and be open to new ideas and approaches. That is the reason why Binh decided to apply for the EMBA where his professional experience shall be underpinned by collaborative learning, strategic thinking and problem solving skills.

Binh chose RMIT because of its reputation (One of the top 15 universities in Australia), highly prestigious professors and perfect networking support. Also the way RMIT has designed the EMBA program, it does fit into the working/learning time balance.

The Scholarship is a generous gesture from RMIT to support the Vietnamese Community in general and AusCham Community in particular.

When Binh was informed that he had won the AusCham RMIT Scholarship, he said, “It was so amazing and I was so proud. I was especially happy when this news came to me right before the Lunar New Year Festival. Then I enjoyed both the long holiday and this fabulous award with my family.

“I feel more excited to go back university after almost 14 years and keen to absorb new things as well as to expand my network.”

About my Plan in the future

“I strongly believe that the RMIT EMBA will support me a lot in my career path. With the updated knowledge, business insight and new approaches, the expanding network, I will contribute more to my Company and Insurance Industry as well.

I am also keen and very happy to be a part of RMIT community who can support other colleagues by knowledge sharing and career support etc.

My wife and I are thinking of a plan to provide life-skill training support to children in this community by opening a small non-profit training center in the future or at least be active part of this social activity. We do hope that we will make it come true in not so long future.”


3. Mr Van Long Tan Nguyen (still to follow).

Video below – Mr Nguyen Minh Hieu

  • Inaugural recipient of AusCham RMIT’s EMBA Scholarship at Graduation Ceremony, 29 November 2016, HCMC



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