RMIT Vietnam NewsFourteen candidates awarded post graduate engineering scholarships

Fourteen candidates awarded post graduate engineering scholarships

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 13:48

RMIT International University Vietnam today announced a list of winners of the Master of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) scholarships supported by the Australian Government (AusAID), Intel Vietnam and RMIT Vietnam.

Fourteen full scholarships have been awarded to excellent candidates from Binh Thuan, Can Tho, Ha Tinh, Ho Chi Minh City, Lam Dong, Quy Nhon, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang and Vung Tau. They were selected after successfully passing rounds of written applications, technical tests, and panel interviews.

The awardees are among the best and brightest, destined to become future leaders, talented engineers and academics who are dedicated to improving Vietnam's engineering workforce. They have proven strong academic performance, English proficiency, and desire to learn and grow.

The new Master of Engineering at RMIT Vietnam is designed to address the current skills gap that has been identified in graduates from Vietnamese universities. The program will help to build the capacity of the existing engineering workforce and raise the standard of professional engineering education in Vietnam.

"We are thrilled that the Australian government and an organisation of the calibre of Intel are willing to put their support behind this important initiative," RMIT Vietnam President Professor Merilyn Liddell said today.

The Australian government scholarships were announced by the Prime Minister of Australia on her visit to RMIT Vietnam for the official opening of the new Hanoi campus building on Sunday 31 October 2010. These scholarships will be provided through AusAID within a pilot program of in-country scholarship provision. The AusAID scholarships will be offered over a period of three years (2010 – 2012) with total sponsorship amount of AUD1.5 million. In making the announcement, Prime Minister Julia Gillard referred to the importance of quality education and recognised the contribution of RMIT to Vietnam's education system and to the education links between Vietnam and Australia.

"We are very honoured to welcome Prime Minister Gillard to open the new building of our Hanoi campus and officially announce the AusAID scholarships program for Vietnamese students to study Master of Engineering at RMIT Vietnam's Saigon South campus from 2010 – 2012," Professor Liddell said.

"For the first time, AusAID scholarships are provided to students to study in a country other than Australia. The Master of Engineering students of RMIT Vietnam will be able to remain socially integrated within their own cultures, to stay with their families for the duration of their studies and yet to obtain the first internationally recognised professional engineering education at master level in Vietnam."

Among the scholarship recipients, ten AusAID and Intel scholars will be sponsored full tuition fees for the two-year Masters, tuition fees for English courses if required, all course materials, and a stipend supported by the Australian Government and Intel Vietnam. They will also be offered an exchange semester at RMIT University, Australia. The other four will receive full fee waiver benefit from RMIT Vietnam.

Some awardees are currently studying an intensive English program at RMIT Vietnam's Saigon South campus. All fourteen awardees will begin their first academic semester at RMIT Vietnam in February 2011.

Information sessions on 2011 intake will be organised at University of Science, University of Technical Education and University of Technology on 17, 18 and 19 November in Ho Chi Minh City. For enquiries, please contact Student Recruitment team at (08) 3776 1369, email enquiries@rmit.edu.vn

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