RMIT Vietnam students and staff recently shared in a memorable day as part of the University’s first Founder’s Day Carnival.
The inaugural event at Saigon South, which attracted around 1,000 attendees, was named in honour of RMIT’s founder Mr Francis Ormond.
Francis Ormond was a Scottish-born pastoralist, member of Parliament of Victoria in Australia, and great philanthropist in the areas of education and religion.
He used his wealth to benefit others from early on and it became the pattern of his life.
When a Working Men’s College in Melbourne, Australia was proposed he offered £5000 towards its establishment.
It opened in 1887 with 320 students and by 1938, the number of students was 10,000.
Later known as the Royal Melbourne Technical College, it is now RMIT University.
At the Founder’s Day Carnival at RMIT Vietnam in early July, President Professor Gael McDonald warmly welcomed students, staff and their families to the special event.
“Founder’s Day is a new event for RMIT Vietnam; it combines the University’s annual staff family day and the Carnival Day,” she said.
“It’s a day to honour the founder of RMIT University, Francis Ormond, and the way he spent his life using his money to help others, especially in the area of education.“
Professor McDonald joined in the many activities throughout Founder’s Day Carnival as well as enjoyed student club performances.
Founder’s Day Carnival will be held in Hanoi in late August.