The Chairman of Can Tho People's Committee has awarded a Certificate of Merit to RMIT International University Vietnam to acknowledge the University's significant contributions to Can Tho City and Can Tho University's development through the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) project.
Mr Nguyen Hoang Vinh Vuong (right), Deputy Director, Learning Resource Centre, Can Tho University, presenting the Certificate of Merit to RMIT Vietnam's representative.
The LRCs are major and innovative infrastructure development projects in Vietnam, entailing not only the design and construction of buildings and facilities, but also the acquisition of resources, implementation of IT infrastructure, recruitment and training of staff, and the development of services based on 'western' models and standards of information service provision in a university environment.
At Can Tho University, the LRC was built on the existing library service on Campus Two of theuniversity to provide a multi-disciplinary service for the whole staff and student community. While incorporating similar services and facilities to the LRCs in both Hue and Da Nang, a range of building design principles were introduced to reduce energy consumption and minimise waste, and to lower the ongoing operating costs of the facility. Total project cost was nearly 170 billion Vietnam dong (approximately $US 9.13 million) for this 7,200 square metre building, with completion and hand-over to the university occurring back in April 2006.
In addition to the development of its own facilities and programs, RMIT Vietnam remains actively engaged in a number of philanthropic activities in collaboration with Vietnamese universities. On behalf of the Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) Foundation, RMIT Vietnam is making a significant contribution to the educational infrastructure of Vietnam, through the development of other Learning Resource Centres at Hue, Da Nang and Thai Nguyen Universities, as well as Can Tho. These projects are part of RMIT Vietnam's commitment to 'sustainable community development'.