RMIT Vietnam alumnus Phan Nhat Tram has a dream to become an influential professor and a social entrepreneur.
And the 24-year-old is well on her way to achieving these goals.
Tram has been awarded a Chevening Scholarship to study a Master of Science (Marketing Communications) at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
The scholarship, valued at more than one billion VND, will help expand her global knowledge and networks.
The Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurship) alumnus believes that the power of marketing and communication will help her implement social projects as well as realise her dream to open a social school.
“In the rural and remote community where I grew up in Vietnam, I sadly witnessed many young people lacking sufficient financial resources to pursue a high school education,” Tram said.
“I recognised that children from different economic backgrounds are provided with unequal development opportunities.
“This difference expands the poverty gap and leads to other social problems,” she said.
“My passion is to support these children in accessing education.
“That’s why I decided to study marketing and communication; to use my learning as a tool to interact and make an impact on mindset and behaviour.”
Tram said the opportunity through the Chevening Scholarship will give her access to the necessary resources to fuel her social enterprise.
Currently working as a Research Assistant at RMIT Vietnam, Tram has had opportunities to implement research projects on education and the community.
And she’s already established herself as an intelligent, articulate young woman who is motivated not only by her own career pursuits but also by a strong social conscience, according to Tram's supervisor and Marketing Lecturer Dr Joanna Minkiewicz.
“I have absolutely no doubt that Tram will achieve great success in her study at the University of Birmingham,” Dr Minkiewicz said.
“Tram surely will waste no time in starting a school for young children upon her return to Vietnam, as this is her dream and passion.
“And I look forward to supporting her as much as I possibly can and being closely involved in her school project.”
The Chevening Scholarships program, which is funded by the United Kingdom government’s global scholarship program, has been presented to 33 students in Vietnam this year.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to 1,500 students globally.