RMIT Vietnam NewsAcademic building named in honour of RMIT Vietnam founder

Academic building named in honour of RMIT Vietnam founder

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 17:57
Prof. David Beanland AO (2nd from right) and distinguished guests at the ceremony
From right: RMIT Vietnam President Prof. Gael McDonald and RMIT University's Vice Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO presented gifts to Prof. David Beanland AO and his wife.

Beanland Building is the new name for RMIT Vietnam's Academic Building One at its Saigon South site.

The building has been renamed in honour of one of the University's founders, Emeritus Professor David Beanland AO, a former vice-chancellor and president of RMIT University and former director of RMIT Vietnam.

It was a special moment in the history of RMIT Vietnam with staff, students and special guests gathering to recognise Professor Beanland's significant role as a founder and driver in the establishment of the University.

At the naming ceremony on 12 June 2014, RMIT President Professor Gael McDonald acknowledged the significant role and vision of Professor Beanland towards the internationalisation of RMIT.

"It is an honour to be naming one of RMIT Vietnam's buildings in recognition of Professor Beanland and his crucial work and inspirational commitment to establishing Vietnam's first international university," Professor McDonald said.

The building at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South is symbolic of the University.

"Just as our student numbers have grown since this campus was established in 2005, so too has this building," Professor McDonald said.

"It started operating in 2005 with four floors with a fifth floor opening in November 2008.

"The Engineering Lab opened in 2010 with sponsorship from Intel Vietnam and the following year saw renovations to the Beanland Library and Learning Commons on levels three and four."

The naming ceremony was attended by special guests including RMIT University's Vice Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO, RMIT Vietnam's board, visiting senior staff from RMIT Australia, RMIT Vietnam academic and professional staff as well as students.