RMIT Vietnam alumna Nguyen Hong Hai Dang is preparing for a year abroad after being awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship to study a Masters degree at the University of Oxford.
Ms Dang has pursued a career in academia since she graduated with distinction from RMIT Vietnam’s Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) in 2012.
Following her graduation, Ms Dang said she felt fortunate to be recommended by her teacher, Assistant Professor Dr Lukas Parker, for a research assistant position working with RMIT Professor Linda Brennan.
“As part of the role, I’ve been involved in conducting research as well as refining my own undergraduate research, which was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Social Marketing, a high ranking peer-reviewed academic publication,” Ms Dang said.
“Professor Brennan has always encouraged me to expand my horizons and explore the world, which led to my decision to apply for a scholarship to study a Masters in Social Science of the Internet at the University of Oxford.
“Monash University’s Associate Professor Colin Jevons was also a great support when I was preparing my application.”
Ms Dang was awarded the Chevening Scholarship based on her passion to pursue a career in academia and commitment to research.
Also considered was the value and contribution Ms Dang’s study and learning will bring to Vietnam and its people.
Chevening Scholarship Coordinator at the British Embassy Mr Sanjiv Ahluwalia said Ms Dang was an impressive Chevening candidate.
“Dang will bring her innovative, creative and broad-thinking skills to her studies at the University of Oxford and I also have no doubt life in the United Kingdom will bring her rich exposure to both British and international cultures,” Mr Ahluwalia said.
“It’s also an opportunity for Dang’s fellow students to learn more about Vietnam and help to enhance United Kingdom-Vietnam relations, which is very much what Chevening is about.
“I’m looking forward to working with Dang over the next year,” Mr Ahluwalia said.
After five years of calling RMIT Vietnam home, which has included three years of studying and an additional two years conducting research, Dang will depart for the United Kingdom in September 2014.
As part of the United Kingdom government’s global scholarship program, Chevening Scholarships were established in 1983 and are currently offered in 118 countries.
The scholarships are awarded to talented individuals who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers.