A new centre harnessing the strengths of RMIT Vietnam and international professional services company KPMG Limited has been launched in Ho Chi Minh City.
The KPMG-RMIT Centre of Governance aims to develop and disseminate industry- focused thought leadership in the governance field especially through publishing joint research, encouraging dialogue and debate at networking events, as well as leveraging the capabilities and knowledge of KPMG's international network of member firms and of RMIT's academic faculty and students.
The new governance centre will work with and support government agencies involved in governance matters, regulatory agencies, professional bodies, industry and subject matter experts, academics and others in the business and broader community interested in governance.
Chairman and CEO of KPMG in Vietnam Warrick Cleine said good governance is a fundamental requirement for society and for business.
"It's widely accepted that businesses with good governance and operating in a clear and transparent manner generate greater value and benefit for their stakeholders," Mr Cleine said.
"The KPMG-RMIT Centre of Governance enables KPMG and RMIT to work together and to cooperate with stakeholders to improve governance capabilities and capacity in Vietnam.
"We're excited about introducing this new program."
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said the initiative aims to contribute to the development of good governance in Vietnam.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with KPMG, an organisation recognised for its top performance on governance."
Already a schedule of events stretching well into 2015 is being arranged on topics such as financial reporting, transfer pricing and auditing.
The KPMG-RMIT Centre of Governance plans to have four best practice presentations a year in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
The Ho Chi Minh City launch of the centre was at a celebration of KPMG Vietnam's 20th anniversary in mid-October; a similar launch will be held in Hanoi on October 31.