RMIT Vietnam's Centre of English Language is continuing its work training members of Vietnamese government agencies, with completion celebrations held for recent courses in Ba Ria, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
For the past nine years, border guards and immigration officers throughout Vietnam have improved their English language communication skills through a program funded by the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
This year, RMIT Vietnam delivered training to 83 participants of this program across three cities.
Program Manager Clare Magee said the course not only develops English skills but it also strengthens the ties between Australia and Vietnam and helps to protect Vietnam from smugglers, traffickers and other illegal activity.
"By enhancing their communication skills, it makes it easier for border guards and immigration officers to continue the good work that they do," Ms Magee said.
Ho Chi Minh City's pre-intermediate group were recently congratulated by representatives of the Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Ministry of Public Security – Immigration Department, and RMIT Vietnam, at a program closing ceremony held at RMIT Vietnam Pham Ngoc Thach.
At the ceremony, RMIT Vietnam's Head of Centre of English Language Dr Rodney Gillett congratulated all participants and acknowledged their commitment and dedication to the training program.
"The participants will see the immediate benefits of the training as they begin applying their English language skills to the increasingly important international dimension of their roles," Dr Gillett said.
"We understand programs such as this can be challenging and demanding in terms of fitting in with work schedules and attending class every week.
"All participants should feel very proud of their effort made and determination shown during the program."
RMIT Vietnam and the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection are in discussions for next year's program, which see it running for its tenth year.