RMIT Vietnam Saigon South campus threw open its doors for its annual Open Day last weekend, so members of the public could experience for themselves the state-of-the-art facilities and find out more about the many internationally-recognised programs offered by this campus of RMIT University. The theme for this year's Open Day - 'Unlock the Possibilities' - was an invitation for prospective students and their families to consider the opportunities an RMIT education could provide.
More than 5000 people attended the 2013 edition of Open Day at the Saigon South campus on Sunday 24 March. Visitors were able to observe and participate in a wide range of activities such as information sessions about current and planned academic programs, scholarships and study abroad opportunities as well as student activities and performances by student clubs. So that people could experience a small part of being a student at RMIT Vietnam, there were also engaging classes in engineering, business, communications, design and English language.
Exhibits at Open Day highlighted RMIT's international connections, its access to industry and professional associations, practical 'real world' education that links theory and practice , the global network of RMIT alumni that supports graduates and the opportunities for students to undertake part of their studies in another country.
Opening the event, RMIT Vietnam President Professor Joyce Kirk reminded people that Open Day was the ideal opportunity for potential students and their families to find out exactly what benefits an international-standard education could offer. It was also an ideal time to explore the campus and its facilities especially the new Academic Building. "RMIT University is a global university of technology and design with campuses in Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi," Professor Kirk said. "We also work closely with partners in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and we have just established a presence for RMIT Europe in Spain. This international reach gives our students unparalleled access to a wide range of study, employment and career possibilities.
"The RMIT approach to learning, in Vietnam as elsewhere, is to encourage students to take responsibility for their own education: to learn how to work and think independently as well as in teams; to think critically and creatively; and to learn how to solve real-world problems. This approach is evident in the new Academic Building 2 with its small group rooms, student break-out spaces for independent learning, bench top computer facilities as well as computer labs and its welcoming atmosphere. The success of our approach is one of the major reasons that our graduates are in such high demand from employers in Vietnam and other countries," she said.
Professor Kirk added that RMIT Vietnam's internationally qualified lecturers, cutting-edge facilities and vibrant campus life provided for a world class student experience. This level of excellence had, she noted, recently been recognised with the awarding of RMIT Vietnam's tenth consecutive Golden Dragon Award.
"Everything that RMIT Vietnam offers - programs, teachers, facilities, professional recognition, experience, opportunity - add up to a wider range of possibilities for our students," Professor Kirk said.
Open Day will also be held at the RMIT Vietnam Hanoi campus on Sunday 7 April.