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. It is now building on those strengths while continuing to seek even more advancements.
The Golden Dragon Award, now in its 17th year, honours select foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam for their outstanding achievements in production and business, as well as their significant contributions to Vietnam’s economy.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said she was thrilled for the University to be recognised by the prestigious award again.
“It highlights our ongoing commitment to quality education and the development of human resource 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,” Professor McDonald 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.”
Additionally, the University’s President highlighted new educational offerings. “In 2017, the University responded to the country’s labour force needs with the introduction of three new undergraduate programs: Bachelor of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Digital Marketing, and Bachelor of Languages,” she shared.
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 1000 scholarships worth more than $10.5 million to young people from all over Vietnam and around the world. Scholarships are now on offer for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs,” she said.
“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,” Professor McDonald said.
“And through our Centre of Digital Excellence launched in 2016, we have contributed to building the capability among the Vietnamese education workforce, helping to develop expertise in contemporary approaches to digital learning and teaching in Vietnam.”
The number of RMIT Vietnam graduates from both Saigon South and Hanoi campuses has now reached 12.500, while 6000 students are currently studying at the University.
Professor McDonald added that she was very impressed with the quality of these students.
“Ninety-six percent 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 the 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.”
In addition to attending the Golden Dragon Award ceremony, RMIT representatives joined other award winners, policy makers and economic experts at a CEO forum to discuss workplace productivity which is considered a key indicator of economic development.