The Honourable Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia visited RMIT International University Vietnam, Hanoi campus to open the new, modern premises at Handi Resco Building, 521 Kim Ma Street today.
The official opening ceremony also was honoured by the presence of the Vice Minister of Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Mr Tran Quang Quy and representatives from Vietnamese and Australian government departments and agencies to congratulate RMIT Vietnam on their new campus development in Hanoi.
The new campus building is fitted with state-of-the-art learning facilities, which will provide better opportunities for Hanoi students to develop the capabilities and skills they need to successfully launch local and international careers.
At the ceremony, Prime Minister Gillard also announced scholarships provided by the Australian Government, thirty of which will be used for Vietnamese students to study Master of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) program at RMIT Vietnam from 2010 to 2012. The thirty scholarships, worth AUD$1.5 million, will support the development of high level engineering skills and help establish the first internationally accredited engineering program of its kind in Vietnam.
In her opening remarks, Prime Minister Gillard praised RMIT Vietnam for its contribution to the education links between Australia and Vietnam. She said: "Our education links are strong and growing. More than 23,000 Vietnamese students enrolled in Australian education institutes in 2010 - and around 10,000 here in Vietnam."
"RMIT Vietnam is a major part of this success story, with over 5,000 Vietnamese students at its campuses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City."
"The education partnership between Vietnam and Australia is building a greater awareness and understanding between our peoples, and helping to generate the impressive economic development so evident in Vietnam."
In a welcome note at the opening ceremony, RMIT Vietnam President Professor Merilyn Liddell said: "We're very honoured that an Australian Prime Minister is able to be with us today to officially open our new premises, and we are delighted that senior Vietnamese Government representatives have come to join with us on this occasion. It demonstrates the high regard in which RMIT Vietnam is held by both the Vietnamese and Australian governments.
"Today's official visit is tangible evidence that our investment in Hanoi is noticed and respected – and we are particularly pleased and grateful for it to be recognised in Hanoi's millennium year.
"RMIT Vietnam continues to grow and we have great ambitions for Hanoi. To continue our success and provide Vietnam with quality higher education in fields essential to the development of the country, we indeed hope to outgrow this location in time."
Commencing operations in 2004, the Hanoi campus now has more than 1,200 students studying Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Master of Business Administration and academic English programs. Further academic programs will be added over time, with the new Hanoi campus building allowing for expansion.