The most recent Vietnamese government officials to complete RMIT University’s executive education gave the University positive feedback at a recent alumni lunch in Hanoi.
Since 2010, around 500 people from Vietnamese government ministries and the Communist Party departments have completed RMIT’s executive education programs.
These courses have been held in public administration, English, economics and public administration management, urban planning, leadership skills, human resources, corporate management, public sector reform, leadership vision, banking and finance, and public policy.
At the Hanoi lunch, RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald told those attending that the University is committed towards contributing to Vietnam through the education of executives, as well as through degree-level alumni who then work in the business world.
She said it can be a significant step for executives and administrators to take on courses such as these.
“It’s important to acknowledge the challenges – not just the study itself, but fitting it in with family and work commitments,” Professor McDonald said.
But she told the alumni that such study was significant in their lifelong learning.
“These days, lifelong learning is something all of us have to do and it’s not simply something for schooldays,” Professor McDonald said.
“It’s our ongoing, self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for personal or professional reasons.
“We do it to help us grow personally and to increase our competitiveness and employability in the job market – to help us do our jobs better.
“Lifelong learning is recognition that over the past fifty years, constant scientific and technological innovation and change means we need to update our knowledge.”
One of the alumni present at the lunch, Mr Bui Duc Hung, President of the Academy of Managers for Construction and Cities, said he had found the program useful.
“It gave me a new understanding of human resource management,” Mr Hung said.
“The program is professionally organised and managed, from course content to course delivery.
“All participants learned a lot and have been able to apply it in their work.”
Professor McDonald said RMIT Vietnam’s focus on customising corporate English and executive education programs to allow government agencies and businesses to meet the specific demands of their organisations would continue as the University grew and differentiated its offerings from those of other institutions.
“All of our courses are research-based and relevant to the Vietnamese market to ensure maximum effectiveness,” she told the alumni.
“We’re proud of our internationally qualified and experienced educators because they are the people who can take the learning and development area of organisations to the next level, and help unlock the potential of future leaders.”