The 2000th graduate of RMIT International University Vietnam today emerged from the university's annual graduation ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City.
RMIT Vietnam's President, Professor Merilyn Liddell, said the first 2000 graduates were "together helping to shape the development of a rapidly changing economy and society to face major challenges and opportunities".
She described RMIT Vietnam's graduates as people who could offer "new skills, new knowledge and new outlooks on life which we believe can make a real difference for themselves and their families".
While most of the first 2000 graduates had come from Vietnam, Professor Liddell said, they also included young people from other locations including Australia, the US, France, Korea, the Philippines and other places.
"We think that's good for Vietnam too," Professor Liddell said. "We believe all of these individuals can offer something special."
Professor Liddell said RMIT students were given strong encouragement to make a worthwhile contribution to their communities, and particularly to seek out opportunities to assist people less fortunate than themselves.
"RMIT Vietnam has a strong community relations program through which we support a range of worthwhile community organisations that work to fight poverty and disadvantage in this country."
Professor Liddell said the cost of sending a child to RMIT Vietnam was a much cheaper alternative to sending that same child overseas to study – and it helped to keep families together.
"We are proud of this."
Professor Liddell said all surplus revenue created at RMIT Vietnam was being reinvested back into improving student facilities, an increased range of programs and continuing quality improvements.
"We share a passion to ensure that people in Vietnam can attend the standard and type of international university that exists in many other parts of the world, and we share a sincere desire to participate in building new opportunities and capabilities here in Vietnam."
This week's graduation ceremonies – today in HCMC and this Sunday (28 November) in Hanoi – will produce a total of 810 new degree graduates, giving a cumulative total of just over 2300 graduates. Close to 6,000 students currently attend the Hanoi and Saigon South campuses. The university opened in HCMC in 2001, and in Hanoi in 2004.