RMIT Vietnam NewsVietnam study tour develops global mindset

Vietnam study tour develops global mindset

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 17:09
22 postgraduate and undergraduate students from Australia visited numerous offices and factories in Vietnam. (Photo by Penny Weber 2014)
The group enjoying Heineken beer at Vietnam Brewery factory. (Photo by Clark Whelan 2014)
Cultural tours in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Mekong delta. (Photo by PhD Huan Vo-Tran 2014)

RMIT student Glenn Harris is certain he’ll return to Vietnam for a visit or another study tour in the near future.

"This visit has given us some great opportunities to return and continue with our intensive study," said the Master of Commerce student from RMIT's School of Business IT and Logistics in Melbourne.

Glenn was one of 22 postgraduate and undergraduate students of various disciplines who attended the annual two-week study tour in Vietnam in late 2014.

During the tour, the group heard from industry experts from well-known national and global businesses including Schneider Electric Vietnam, Samsung Vietnam, TTT Architects, Glass Egg, Epinion Vietnam, Heineken and Thanh Cong Textile Garments JSC.

The students gained insight across cutting edge design work being performed in the construction industry, innovations in computer graphics and software development as well as leading approaches to textiles manufacturing in Vietnam.

With the theme of business globalisation in Vietnam, the tour was also an opportunity for the Australian students to immerse themselves in the country's business practices and culture.

"It has helped to develop our global mindset and provided us with experiences so different to what we're used to in Australia", Glenn said.

Tours around Ho Chi Minh City and a trip to the Mekong Delta also gave Glenn and his peers an understanding of the country's history and culture.

Members of the group also personally experienced the ingenuity and entrepreneurialism of the city's residents.

The group complemented its business focus with community activities, donating funds to two non-government and community based organisations Loreto and Save the Children.