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RMIT Vietnam launches centre to build country’s educational capacity

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 09:00
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald presents flowers to the Hon. Steve Herbert, the Australian State of Victoria’s Minister of Training and Skills.
Hon. Steven Herbert talks with students and staff in the Financial Trading Lab during his tour of Saigon South campus.

A Centre of Digital Excellence with the overarching goal of sharing RMIT Vietnam’s expertise in digital learning and teaching has been launched by the Australian State of Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Steven Herbert.

Underlining the truly collaborative nature of the project, the launch was attended by representatives from the Government of Vietnam, industries and schools and universities in Vietnam, as well as Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University Martin Bean CBE and RMIT Vietnam’s Executive Team.

RMIT Vietnam Vice President (Academic) Professor Beverley Webster emphasised RMIT Vietnam’s strong commitment to sharing its expertise in digital learning and teaching with Vietnam’s education community.

“Through the Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE), we will launch the online Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, a program designed to improve participants' capacity to teach in higher education, with an emphasis on using digital and online teaching,” she said.

“And this year we will also host a series of public lectures on digital education by renowned international experts.”

Professor Webster said that through the Centre, RMIT Vietnam will realise an ambitious goal to build educational capacity in Vietnam.

“CODE will showcase models of digital innovation in learning and teaching in order to develop Vietnam’s education workforce capacities,” she said.

“Ultimately the Centre will generate scholarships for Vietnamese university staff to study with RMIT Vietnam as well as promoting and supporting research in digital learning and teaching.

“We will also offer to other educational institutions the opportunity to learn about RMIT Vietnam's approach to digital inclusiveness as part of the RMIT Access initiative launched early this year.”

CODE’s academic initiatives will include:

  • An International Certificate/Diploma in Learning and Teaching with Digital Technologies;
  • An International Certificate/Diploma in Educational Leadership;
  • An International Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Bilingual Learners; and
  • Hosting digital TESOL Talks for primary and secondary school teachers.

RMIT University established CODE following discussions with Vietnam government officials surrounding Vietnam’s need for a Centre of Digital Excellence.

The Centre is a collaborative venture between RMIT Vietnam, the Vietnamese Government, industry and Vietnam’s higher education institutions.

Story: Ha Hoang – Sharon Webb