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Vietnam’s Ambassador to Australia visits RMIT

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 16:56
Professor Gill Palmer, Vice-Chancellor and President, welcomed Vietnam's Ambassador to Australia, Luong Thanh Nghi and his delegation to RMIT.
Professor Palmer watches as Mr Nghi signs the visitors book.

RMIT’s Melbourne campus recently welcomed Vietnam's Ambassador to Australia, Mr Luong Thanh Nghi.

Professor Gill Palmer, Vice-Chancellor and President, greeted the Ambassador and his delegation.

Mr Nghi, who visited RMIT as part of his first official visit to Victoria, was briefed on plans to expand on RMIT's ongoing success in Vietnam.

Professor Palmer said RMIT was considering expanding its presence in Vietnam as RMIT Vietnam continues to experience strong growth.

"We work closely with our industry, community and government partners in Vietnam to identify the education and skills needs of the people of Vietnam and deliver solutions to improve the lives of the people of Vietnam and contribute to the country's economic and social wellbeing," she said.

RMIT Vietnam is the centrepiece of RMIT's global reach - with campuses in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi catering for almost 7,000 students in higher education and English language programs.

The two campuses represent the largest investment - about $42 million - of any Australian university in the educational, social and economic development of Vietnam.

Professor Palmer said RMIT Vietnam was undergoing strong growth, in terms of students, the range of programs on offer, and new infrastructure investments.

Expanding program offerings at South Saigon will bring RMIT Vietnam in line with Vietnam's growing educational development needs.

The aim is to cater for 15,000 students by 2020.

RMIT's Director International Partnerships and Development, Saskia Loer Hansen, also briefed Mr Nghi on the University's move to increase local partnerships with other educational providers and industry to ensure its graduates are industry connected and "work ready."

During his visit Mr Nghi met with key RMIT leaders including Professor Peter Coloe, Pro Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering and Health and Vice-President, who is also Chair of RMIT Vietnam Board of Management, Rongyu Li, Executive Director International Recruitment and Mobility, and Dr Ngan Collins, from the School of Management, who is an expert in Vietnam's human resource management.