RMIT Vietnam's English-language Program is continuing its work training members of Vietnamese government agencies.
In a classroom in Ba Ria in early June, representatives from the Australian Consulate General in HCMC, the Vietnamese Border Gate Department, Border Guard College No.2 and RMIT Vietnam gathered to celebrate the success of 19 Vietnamese Border Guards who had just completed the RMIT English language program.
The border guards relocated from various places such as Phan Thiet and Phu Quoc to study in residence throughout the 10 weeks of the intensive program. Many participants began the course knowing less than a dozen words of English, but by the end all of them could manage basic conversations, comprehending personal details and writing simple emails.
The program was funded by the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Citizenship, which over the last ten years has provided more than 25 classes for over 400 officers from different Vietnamese government agencies. Mr Ian Cumming, the Immigration Consul Immigration for the Australian Consulate in HCMC, noted that improving the Border Guards' English would "help Vietnam to manage the increasing numbers of tourists and business travelers moving across its borders and lead to better cooperation between nations on immigration issues such as border control and the illegal movement of people". He commended RMIT's dedicated and talented team of teachers and offered the participants his "respect and admiration for their commitment to doing their very best".
Senior Colonel Nguyen Ngoc Cu, Deputy Director General of the Border Gate Department, Border Guard Command, expressed his deep gratitude to all the parties from both Vietnam and Australia who had come together to provide valuable assistance to the Vietnamese Border Guards. He urged the participants to practice their English as often as possible in their workplace in future.
RMIT English teachers are also working in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi training officers from the Vietnam Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security.