RMIT Vietnam lecturer Dr Quach Thuy Quynh has received the 2016 A4 RMIT Vietnam Higher Education Award in Melbourne for exemplary teaching practice and enhancing student learning.
Dr Quynh, a lecturer of law, is the first recipient of the award from RMIT Vietnam campuses. 2016 was the first year Vietnam-based lecturers could apply for the Global RMIT Awards, which rewards the recipient a grant to continue their research and enhance their teaching practice.
“This award recognises great teaching and dedication to the student experience,” said Vice President Academic Professor Beverley Webster.
“Dr Quynh implements evidenced-based, student centred strategies to develop students’ skills in a challenging subject.”
Dr Quynh accepted her award at RMIT University Melbourne's Storey Hall Auditorium on 14 November.
"When I commenced my work at RMIT, one RMIT alumnus told me: 'Unless you are extraordinarily good at teaching, it is less likely that you will be liked by the students, because the law courses are extremely hard to us – the business students'," said Dr Quynh.
"Knowing that I worried. One friend of mine said: 'Good things don’t come easy'. My teaching journey at RMIT started with these two pieces of advice."
The award is a direct result of Dr Quynh's teaching practices which have been recognised by the University.
"My teaching approach is tailored to my students' needs," said Dr Quynh.
"My approach to teaching is based on my understanding of students’ difficulties and the complex situation of teaching Australian law in English for business students who are mostly Vietnamese."
Dr Quynh believes being the first RMIT Vietnam lecturer to receive the award is due to RMIT's global approach to equal opportunity for all of its employees.
"This is the evidence of the RMIT goal to support, develop and empower everybody in the organisation," said Dr Quynh.
"Regardless of where you come from or who you are, as long as you have the passion to make a change, you receive sufficient support to make it happen at RMIT, as I did."
After returning to Vietnam, Dr Quynh will transfer all of her energy and teaching experience into research.
"I am now working on research which aims to formulate a tool-kit of effective teaching skills to teach law to business students in an off-shore campus," she said.
Story: Daniel Eslick