Studio•V - Centre for Social and Environmental Outreach in Vietnam
Studio•V, RMIT Vietnam’s Centre for Social and Environmental Outreach in Vietnam, was launched last week.
This initiative aims to link the University’s students and staff – through a series of creative outreach projects – to industry partners, government agencies, NGO’s and other groups in the community, to ultimately help with social and environmental issues in Vietnam.
“RMIT Vietnam has existed in Vietnam for over 16 years and has contributed to the country through its own reinvestment, and by educating thousands of young Vietnamese who are now thriving in the workplace” said Professor Rick Bennett, Head of the School of Communication & Design.
“However, we feel we can now contribute further by helping support important social and environmental issues that impact today’s Vietnam.
“Studio•V aims to focus RMIT Vietnam’s social and environmental outreach by linking students, educators, industry, government and local communities through a series of what I simply describe as ‘more worthwhile’ university projects.”
As part of Studio•V, RMIT Vietnam students have already worked in some creative outreach projects including developing a communications campaign for the French Red Cross to raise awareness among ethnic minority populations about disaster risk management; working with ChildFund Vietnam’s Communication Department and Child Protection Department on their ‘Connecting and Creating Leaders’ project in Hoa Binh, Bac Kan and Cao Bang provinces; and helping to build a house for a handicapped mother and her family, and using that experience to show how Habitat for Humanity works with local communities for the better, and for the future.
The ‘Green Turtle Hero’ Anti-Littering Mobile App
Also launched last week was the Anh Hung Rua Xanh (Green Turtle Hero), an anti-littering behavioural-change mobile application targeting Vietnamese children and teens. The game is the newest campaign for Vietnam Clean and Green, a non-profit group which seeks to educate people about the negative impacts of littering and to bring about momentous societal change.
“Studio•V brought my organisation Vietnam Clean and Green together with some enthusiastic RMIT students who helped us out immensely in our mission,” said Nhan Nguyen, Manager of RMIT Vietnam’s School of Business & Management and Co-founder of Vietnam Clean and Green.
“The characters that became the foundation for the Green Turtle Hero game were developed by RMIT Vietnam design students.”
The game was further developed by RMIT Vietnam lecturer Dr Brian McCauley and a company named Topebox.
Green Turtle Hero is a runner game in which players race through different locations including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay, and the Mekong Delta, while learning about littering. It is hoped that the Vietnam-based locations and competitiveness of the game will encourage young people to spread the anti-littering message even further.
Vietnam Clean and Green hopes the game will be a central component of in-school education campaigns throughout the country.