RMIT Vietnam NewsWinner in international education awards

Winner in international education awards

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 20:59
RMIT Vietnam academics Dr Serge Demidenko and Ms Moi Tin Chew with Monash University Malaysia's Dr Melanie Ooi (first, second and third from left) receiving the IEEA Award.
RMIT Vietnam's Career Counsellor Ms Phoenix Ho received a grant to attend the 2015 National Career Development Association global conference in the United States.

An RMIT Vietnam-Monash University Malaysia partnership has been recognised for best practice and innovation in the 2014 International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Awards for its work on an academic framework for electronic testing.

The IEAA has also awarded RMIT Vietnam's Career Counsellor Ms Phoenix Ho with a professional development grant to attend the 2015 National Career Development Association global conference in the United States.

It will give Ms Ho the opportunity to learn and participate in discussions on the latest career development theories from around the world.

The grant of $2,000 was awarded through the Tony Adams Fund, which was set up in honour of IEAA's Foundation President.

Both awards were recently presented at the annual Australian International Education Conference in Brisbane, Australia.

In the IEAA's best practice and innovation category, the electronic testing framework was showcased as a leading approach to improve the international work readiness and employability of engineering graduates.

The work has involved RMIT Vietnam academics Dr Serge Demidenko and Ms Moi Tin Chew in collaboration with Monash University Malaysia's Dr Melanie Ooi and Dr Ye Chow Kuang.

Through the development of the framework, the group has addressed key challenges of an engineering education in an international setting such as ensuring its currency and relevance to the needs of diverse industrial, research and application environments.

By collaborating with major electronics companies across Vietnam and Malaysia, the group created an academic framework which has been thoroughly reviewed by and aligned with industry to ensure its currency and relevance.

RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said she was delighted with the award and acknowledged the work of the RMIT Vietnam-Monash University Malaysia team.

"This award recognises our global approach to learning as well as our commitment to a highly relevant and industry informed academic curriculum," Professor McDonald said.

"I also congratulate Phoenix Ho, a highly valued and well regarded staff member with students and peers across the University, who has made a tremendous contribution by working with local educational institutions and education departments in Central and Northern Vietnam to develop career guidance curriculum in secondary schools."

The annual International Education Association of Australia's Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding contributions by individuals or teams to international education in Australia.