Hanoi People’s Committee and RMIT University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday to reinforce a close partnership and collaboration in several areas, including promoting Hanoi as a cultural and sporting capital.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung and the Governor of Victoria, Australia, Linda Dessau AC who is in Vietnam this week and will be touring RMIT’s campus in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.
RMIT Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global, Professor Peter Coloe, was delighted to formally recognise the strong partnership the University has formed with the Hanoi People’s Committee.
“As the leading foreign university, RMIT has supported Vietnam’s economic priorities and the positive development of the region for nearly two decades,” he said.
“RMIT has had a proud presence in Hanoi since 2004, and we continue to work with the community and industry to provide life-changing experiences for our students to get them ready for life and work.”
Professor Coloe believed that the agreement will allow RMIT to be a part of the transformation that the capital city is undergoing now.
“Along with the rest of Vietnam, Hanoi is transforming and renewing as a creative and cultural city,” he said.
“With the recent submission of a dossier to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network, Hanoi will hopefully join the network of creative cities recognised by the UNESCO, becoming one of the destinations of knowledge and creativity in the world.
“In Melbourne, RMIT operates as an urban university growing and responding to the city’s transformation of its urban, economic and social structure. We believe that we can take these learnings and apply them here in Hanoi to help the city transform even further.”
“Hanoi and Melbourne are both seen as the sporting and cultural hubs of their countries. The two cities have a lot in common.”
An agreed list of priorities and proposed work schedule will be developed in further meetings after the signing ceremony.
Story: Ha Hoang