RMIT Vietnam NewsFreshmen supported and connected to University through new orientation

Freshmen supported and connected to University through new orientation

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 15:36
Scott Walsh (right) and Ho Thang Loi (middle) immersed in University life right from the very first day
Orientation day at Hanoi City campus
More than 470 new students commenced  their university life on Thursday 18 February 2016.

More than 470 first-year RMIT Vietnam students can now adjust smoothly to university life thanks to a new format for Orientation

Over the next three weeks first-semester students will attend a series of workshops and information sessions.

RMIT Vietnam Student Life Senior Manager Timothy Burdeu said the new look orientation is far more beneficial for freshmen than the one-day format before.

“The new orientation format introduces essential information and key service points first so that students can gather information later as they need it,” Burdeu said.

“We aim to deliver a great experience to students during the ‘transition’ period from high school to university.

“Over three weeks students can try a new sport, get academic tips, join a club, get to know the facilities and start to build lifelong relationships via a number of follow on workshops, activities and sessions.”

Burdeu noted that the University is putting more emphasis on social networking to help students feel immediately connected to RMIT Vietnam and their new colleagues.

“The peer coaching sessions where current students spend time with freshmen to talk through key issues and answer any questions are increased so that the information provided is relevant,” Mr Burdeu added.

Professional Communication student Ho Thang Loi is a new student but already actively immersed in university life through involvement in various activities on Orientation Day.

“After the first couple of hours, I felt less nervous and had already made new friends,” Loi said.

“The day ended joyfully with a warm party which helped me feel a sense of belonging and connection to the University right from the start.”

Scott Walsh, one of the 73 international students enrolled for Semester 1 this year, had a good time during Orientation Day.

“The event was effectively run and delivered a lot of useful information. I made a lot of new friends, especially during the party as sharing food is a great way to meet people,” Walsh said.

Walsh is an RMIT Melbourne student in the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management) program and currently on exchange at RMIT Vietnam for one semester.

In the next weeks, new students can attend various workshops and information sessions including Responsible Use of Social Media, Writing Professional Emails, Enrolment and Assessment, Multiple Intelligence and Your Learning Preferences, Mobility Opportunities, Building Your Personal Brand, Research and Reference, and Get Motivated for Academic Success.

Story: Ha Hoang