By winning its 15th Golden Dragon Award, RMIT University Vietnam has affirmed its position as a driver of quality education.
During its 16 years of operations in Vietnam, the University has pioneered a number of innovative educational initiatives and is now building on those strengths while continuing to seek even greater advancements.
The Golden Dragon Award, now in its 17th year, honours foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in Vietnam for their outstanding achievements in production and business as well as their significant contributions to the country’s economy.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said she was thrilled for the University to again be recognised by the prestigious award.
“It highlights our ongoing commitment to quality education and the development of human resources capabilities in Vietnam and the region,” Professor McDonald said.
“Our approach to quality is driven by a focus on the student experience and in particular on delivering digitally-enabled, industry-relevant and work-integrated learning experiences,” she explained. “Some of the key achievements this year have been the introduction of authentic learning, fewer examinations, a move away from prescribed textbooks to more contemporary materials, and professional development for all staff.”
She also highlighted its new educational offerings. “In 2017, the University responded to the country’s workforce needs with the introduction of three new undergraduate programs: Bachelor of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Digital Marketing, and Bachelor of Languages,” she said.
RMIT Vietnam operates under a not-for-profit model, with profits remaining in Vietnam and reinvested back into the University, Professor McDonald added.
“Over the past 16 years, RMIT Vietnam has awarded 1,000 scholarships worth more than $10.5 million to young people from all over Vietnam and around the world,” she added. “Scholarships are now on offer for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs.”
“As of 2015, RMIT Vietnam had invested $72 million in state-of-the-art teaching facilities and high-quality teams at both the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City campuses. And through our Centre of Digital Excellence, launched in 2016, we have contributed to building capabilities among Vietnam’s education workforce, helping to develop expertise in contemporary approaches to digital learning and teaching in the country.”
The number of RMIT Vietnam graduates from both Saigon South and Hanoi campuses has now reached 12.500, while 6,000 students are currently studying at the University.
Professor McDonald added that she was very impressed with the quality of these students. “Ninety-six per cent of our graduates find a full-time job within one year of graduation,” she said. “RMIT Vietnam’s students have also found outstanding success in domestic competitions and international prizes, including first prize at the National Round of the HSBC Business Plan Competition, two prizes in the final round of Accor Takeoff! 2017 in France, and top prize at the 5th Young Marketers Competition.”
RMIT Vietnam’s Executive Director (Engagement) Jan Clohessy accepted the Golden Dragon Award at a presentation ceremony at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi on April 14.
In addition to attending the awards ceremony, RMIT representatives also joined other winners, policy makers, and economic experts at a CEO Forum to discuss workplace productivity, which is considered a key indicator of economic development.
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