The Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, today praised the role of "courageous and determined pioneers" who had created new opportunities for women through improved education.
Visiting RMIT International University Vietnam's campus at Saigon South, Ms Bryce said that as a woman who had grown up in an isolated rural area, she had "stood on the shoulders" of people who had worked to create new opportunities for better education and better lives for others who were traditionally less privileged.
She described her own education as a "gift of love" from her parents to help her achieve her dreams, engage with the world and understand her responsibilities.
Ms Bryce said RMIT Vietnam and other Australian universities were together making a 'proud contribution' to helping build the skills of youth in Vietnam and giving positive support to the Vietnam Government's education reform agenda.
During her visit, Ms Bryce met with students in an informal 'Question and Answer' session, in which she answered student questions on a wide range of topics – including the role of the Governor General in the Australian political system.
The president of RMIT Vietnam, Professor Merilyn Liddell told the Governor General she was meeting some of the "future leaders of Vietnam" at RMIT.
"I hope, like you, they will become true leaders in their fields."
The Governor General said today's event was a wonderful opportunity to see the work of a great Australian institution in practice.
RMIT Vietnam currently has more than 6,000 enrolled students, and has produced more than 2500 graduates in its first 10 years of operation. It provides undergraduate programs in commerce, IT, business information systems, accountancy, multimedia design, professional communication, and marketing, and at masters level has MBA and Master of Engineering programs. More programs are on the way, all aiming to meet important workforce development needs in Vietnam and the region.