RMIT International University Vietnam this week celebrated the emergence of its latest graduates, at special "10th anniversary" graduation ceremonies held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
With these ceremonies, the grand total of all graduates from RMIT's 10 years of Vietnam operations has reached more than 3,600.
The Ho Chi Minh City graduation, held at RMIT's Saigon South campus on Thursday 24 November, had as its keynote speaker one of its very first graduates, Mr Ngo Quoc Dung, who now owns a successful creative agency.
The keynote speaker in the Hanoi ceremonies on Sunday 27 November, the Australian Ambassador, HE Mr Allaster Cox, spoke of the important contribution RMIT and its Vietnamese graduates had made to building stronger relationships between Vietnam and Australia, for the benefit of both countries.
RMIT Vietnam's President, Professor Merilyn Liddell, said RMIT had opened in Vietnam in 2001 with little more than 30 students, but with a dream that it could help to create new opportunities for Vietnamese families.
Over its 10 years of operations, she said both campuses had grown and changed, and new academic programs had been progressively introduced – widening the range of internationally recognised degrees taught in English that were relevant to Vietnam's changing needs.
"So not only are we now producing more graduates, the range of fields in which they are graduating is growing as well," Professor Liddell said.
"This is important to us, and important to Vietnam in my view. It is part of the commitment we have made to bring new internationally oriented academic programs into Vietnam, to help meet the growing need for new kinds of graduates."
The Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University in Australia, Professor Margaret Gardner, told graduates and their families that RMIT was very proud of the achievements of its students in Vietnam, including those who had recently been amongst the winners of an international business planning competition for students staged by RMIT in Australia.