RMIT Vietnam NewsGrowth, quality and differentiation

Growth, quality and differentiation

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 13:57
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald meets with journalists from metropolitan and national publications in Ho Chi Minh City (top) and Hanoi (bottom)

A commitment to growth, quality and differentiation is the focus for RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald during her five year tenure at the university, which commenced in mid February 2014.

At press meetings with journalists from regional and national publications at Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi on 15 and 16 April, Professor McDonald spoke of her goals for the university as its new president.

"RMIT Vietnam has seen great success since it was established as Vietnam's first international university in 2000," Professor McDonald said.

"I'm pleased to be tasked with building on RMIT Vietnam's achievements and to lead the university to future success through a focus on growth, quality and differentiation."

Professor McDonald said the university's priority for growth includes a rise in student intake, an expansion of academic programs as well as development plans for buildings and facilities across all university sites at Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

"We're working towards growing the number of students from our current total of just over 6,000 to 15,000 by 2020," Professor McDonald said.

"Over the next two years, we're planning refurbishments for buildings at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South as well as a move in Hanoi to either a purpose built facility or to a refurbishment of an existing site which will meet our design, technology and sustainability requirements."

Professor McDonald said the university will continue its commitment to maintaining a high level of quality across its teaching and learning, processes and infrastructure.

"Our teaching team is equipped with PhD and Master degrees as well as global industry experience, ensuring a dynamic environment for the delivery of our internationally accredited education," Professor McDonald said.

"Our recruitment process for academic staff is aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework, which guarantees highly qualified teachers placed across all of our programs.

"A new learning management system will combine the delivery of our curriculum with cutting edge technology, enhancing our students' learning experience through resources such as lectures available as podcasts, online feedback mechanisms as well as video rich learning materials."

Professor McDonald said RMIT Vietnam brings an advantage and point of difference for students through its strong links with industry leaders, which often lead to internship opportunities as well as graduate employment.

"We're focused on continuing our engagement with industry and using our local and global networks to establish advisory groups," Professor McDonald said.

"It means our programs will equip students with highly relevant skills and knowledge to enter the workforce.

"Our strong links with industry place our students in an advantageous position for graduate employment."

Professor McDonald joins RMIT Vietnam following a career in senior management and education over 32 years across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Macau, Canada and the United States.

Prior to her appointment as RMIT Vietnam President, Professor McDonald was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University and Secretary of the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC).

Professor McDonald has a Bachelor of Business from Massey University, New Zealand, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Australia, and a Doctorate from The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.