RMIT Vietnam Bachelor of Communication student Le Thi Cam Linh was one of four students who represented Vietnam at the thirteenth Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) in Manila, the Philippines.
The initiative nurtures potential Asian leaders and broadens their outlook on regional and global issues.
At this year’s event, students were challenged to find a solution to social and environmental issues through the design and construction of public transportation systems.
Linh took the opportunity to present on traffic safety in Asia.
“I was already familiar with campaigning to raise awareness of social issues,” Linh said.
“So, raising awareness about traffic safety was a natural topic for me.”
Linh credited her success at the event to being a professional communication student at RMIT Vietnam.
“I was confident at the event because I already had the research and analytical skills that the judges were looking for,” she said.
“Furthermore, studying in the English-speaking environment at RMIT helped me be more self-assured at an international event such as this.”
In addition to debating their chosen topics, students also attended guest lectures and joined field trips.
“We got a chance to work with NGOs during the field trip,” Linh said.
“This really helped me understand the realities of the social and environmental issues in the Philippines.”
To wrap up the conference, delegates introduced their cultures at Culture Day.
The Vietnamese fan dance (múa quạt giấy) with the theme song “Mái đình làng biển” was chosen as the best performance at the event.
Reflecting on her experiences at the HYLI, Linh noted that being proactive is one of the keys to success.
“My foreign friends are very proactive in engaging in academic and professional events like this conference. They want to improve themselves and gain more opportunities.”
“Vietnamese students are known to be good students, but they need to be more proactive in taking part in other activities.”
Cam Linh was awarded a full scholarship to RMIT Vietnam in 2012.
She is currently the local committee president of AIESEC Hanoi and a writer for RMIT’s Current Media magazine.