The first recipient of the RMIT Asia Graduate Centre scholarship is revelling in the opportunity to learn from his fellow executives as they make their way through the RMIT Vietnam Executive Master of Business Administration program (EMBA).
Having completed two courses of the EMBA, Australian expatriate Shane Dillon is already putting his newfound knowledge to work in his role as Director of Operations at insurance company Blue Cross Vietnam.
As well as enhancing his professional skills in problem solving and management, Mr Dillon said undertaking the program alongside 27 other senior managers in diverse business fields has been particularly beneficial.
"I have learned a lot from their experiences of doing business within Vietnam and the region," he said.
"A strong professional network is essential to succeed in the modern business environment and the EMBA is helping me grow mine."
MBA Director, Associate Professor David Robinson, said Shane was awarded the scholarship based on his outstanding academic performance, professional experience, leadership and community engagement.
"Shane is a role model who represents the quintessential EMBA attributes," he said.
Mr Dillon, who is also a Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, has been living and working in Vietnam for over eight years and believes RMIT is the best university to help him achieve his professional goals.
"I see it as the only globally recognised university to have shown absolute commitment to delivering a world-class tertiary academic experience in Vietnam," he said.
Associate Professor Robinson said in addition to its MBA programs, the RMIT Asia Graduate Centre will grow its suite of program offerings in 2015 to include the Master of International Business (MIB) in semester three.
"It's a program that will allow students to finely hone their cross-cultural skills and develop their knowledge of international business practice while also gaining a solid foundation in management, leadership and communication," he said.
This story was first published in RMIT Vietnam's Exchange magazine.