This year, three RMIT Vietnam students were recognised for their exemplary leadership skills in the areas of social responsibility and service to the university community.
The three students took home the Student Leadership Recognition Award, and with it the opportunity to represent RMIT Vietnam at the 6th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Hong Kong.
The symposium is an international leadership program that seeks to instil confidence, independence and global competitiveness in the next generation of leaders.
All three winners contributed to the RMIT Vietnam community by spending many hours leading a wide range of extracurricular activities, and each of them took away distinctly different but equally enriching messages from the forum in addition to the awards themselves.
For Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) student Vu Tuan Anh, for example, attending the conference solidified his belief in serving the community, a principle that was developed during his studies at RMIT Vietnam.
“I volunteered for many activities at RMIT Vietnam, especially in a project to help at-risk students overcome their problems,” Anh said.
“Being responsible and serving the community is a way to gradually change the world for the better.”
He noted that meeting other young leaders strengthened his belief in living with compassion.
“The symposium gave me a chance to share ideas with other young leaders, and develop my passion for improving society,” he said.
“We have to put compassion into everything we do.”
Another of the winners, Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student Nguyen Thuc Hien, says that applying for the Student Leadership Recognition Award and attending the symposium was about gaining new experiences.
“I have taken part in many international competitions, and those experiences helped me win this award,” Hien said.
“At the symposium, I also had the opportunity to attend guest lectures about leadership skills, goal settings, and sustainability.”
Hien added that she was inspired by a lecture entitled “Art with the Disabled”, where disabled artists shared their touching stories.
The third award winner, Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) student Nguyen Tran Huong Thao, saw the conference as an educational opportunity.
“I learned about leadership and social enterprises from other young leaders around the world,” she said.
Thao also participated in several debates which taught her to think creatively.
Student Leadership Recognition Award is an annual reward to honour students with leadership-capability contributing to RMIT Vietnam Community.
The award aims to find the top 3 winners from both Hanoi and Saigon South campuses to represent RMIT Vietnam in the 6th University Scholar Leadership Symposium 2015 in Hong Kong.