RMIT Vietnam student Mr Pham Thien Phu and his team took out the top prize in the national final of Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) ASEAN Business Challenge, earning a trip to Singapore as well as the opportunity for a global career with the multinational.
Final year business student Mr Pham Thien Phu was joined by final year commerce student Ms Nguyen Thu An to compete in the final round, which saw 25 final year and penultimate university students selected from over 1,500 applications across Vietnam.
In groups of five, the students participated in a week-long intensive challenge to develop a marketing strategy for a global P&G brand meeting corporate objectives while addressing business and management issues commonly faced in a global organisation.
Selected as the national winners by a panel of judges from P&G, Mr Phu and his team will travel to Singapore in June 2014 to compete in the regional competition against other winning teams from Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia.
Mr Phu said he is excited about the opportunity to compete against other country winners in Singapore as well as the chance to develop a career at the multinational.
"This competition has been an amazing experience and I'm absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to start a career with P&G, which has been a long-term dream of mine," Mr Phu said.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald praised the efforts of the high-performing students.
"It's a tremendous achievement for both Phu and An to have been selected as part of the top 25 to compete at the national level, which saw over 1,500 applicants from across Vietnam," Professor McDonald said.
"Competitions such as the P&G ASEAN Business Challenge provide students with an insight into the dynamic environment of a global organisation and the opportunity to apply critical thinking, innovation and problem solving skills to tackle business challenges.
"We look forward to hearing about the performance by Phu and his team at the P&G ASEAN Business Challenge's regional competition being held in Singapore later this year."
P&G invite selected universities to participate in the P&G ASEAN Business Challenge.
It's an avenue for students to secure a full-time job or internship opportunity with P&G in roles across finance, marketing, human resources, purchasing, product supply and customer business development.