RMIT Vietnam class of 2019 graduates with pride

RMIT Vietnam class of 2019 graduates with pride

More than 1,000 RMIT fresh graduates from 11 university programs celebrated their newly acquired academic degrees in four ceremonies this week at the Saigon South and Hanoi campuses.

More than 1,000 RMIT fresh graduates from 11 university programs celebrated their newly acquired academic degrees in four ceremonies this week at the Saigon South and Hanoi campuses.

Sixty-five international students from 23 countries also received their testamur.

Of the 11 programs, over 500 graduates came from the Business program making this the largest graduating group, followed by Professional Communication and Digital Media. The Digital Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Software Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering programs congratulated their first ever group of graduates at these ceremonies.

More than 100 post-graduate degree qualifiers received the Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration and Master of International Business awards.

Vietnamese-Australian chef and restaurateur Luke Nguyen was presented with an RMIT University Honorary Doctorate – Doctor of Communication honoris causa - at the ceremony for his distinguished contributions to the wider community.  

His love for cooking and passion for spreading Vietnamese flavours and culture around the world have earned him an international reputation as a respected and celebrated chef and restaurateur.

Vietnamese-Australian chef and restaurateur Luke Nguyen was presented with an RMIT University Honorary Doctorate – Doctor of Communication honoris causa - at the ceremony for his distinguished contributions to the wider community.

Newly appointed RMIT Vietnam Chairman Professor Peter Coloe congratulated all graduates on their achievement.

“Many years of hard work and dedication has brought you to this point,” Professor Coloe said.

“Today’s graduates will join more than 13,500 RMIT alumni already in demand and you will know the benefit of an education that opens doors within Vietnam and around the world.” 

Professor Coloe emphasised that 93 per cent of RMIT Vietnam graduates secure a full-time job within four months of completing their degree.

Having served as Chair of the Academic Board when the RMIT Vietnam initiative was first tabled, and having maintained close links with Vietnam campuses since their inception, Professor Coloe noted RMIT Vietnam’s commitment to “always stay true to our core purpose”.

“As Vietnam continues to evolve, RMIT has grown alongside,” Professor Coloe said. “As a leading foreign university in the country, RMIT has supported Vietnam’s economic priorities and the positive development of the region for nearly two decades – and in so many ways we’re just getting started,” he said.

“It’s our intention to continue making a genuine contribution to the lives of people in Vietnam and the wider region. Any funds that RMIT Vietnam generates remain in country and are reinvested back into the University to provide high quality infrastructure and an excellent student experience.  And that says everything about our attitude to the role we play and the responsibility we carry.”

Newly appointed RMIT Vietnam Chairman Professor Peter Coloe congratulated all graduates on their achievement.

Every year, RMIT University presents the Vice-Chancellor’s Award to two undergraduate students from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi who embody everything the University would wish its graduates to exemplify - high academic achievement, social responsibility, and service to the community. 

This year’s winners both graduated from the Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) program.

The Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) graduate from the Saigon South Campus Nguyen Thi Truc Van received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for her outstanding achievements.

A President's Scholar and currently working as a Commercial Management Trainee at Nestlé Vietnam, the recipient from Saigon South campus Nguyen Thi Truc Van achieved outstanding academic results and also represented RMIT in numerous competitions and events during her time at the University. These include a silver prize in the 2019 Vietnam Young Lions Competition and leading the first Vietnamese team to double prizes in the 2017 Take Off! Global Challenge in Paris. She had roles as a Student Academic Success program tutor, a project leader, ambassador, and as President of the Vietnam chapter of an international peace organisation. 

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award in the Hanoi campus went to Nhu Huong Tra, also a Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication).

The recipient from Hanoi campus Nhu Huong Tra was also a President's Scholar. Tra made lasting contributions to the RMIT community, including winning a Student League Golden Prize in the 2019 Vietnam Young Lions Competition, first prize in the 2017 RMIT 24 Hours Design Challenge. Tra also attended the 7th University Scholars' Leadership Symposium, was Hanoi Team Leader for the 2018 Singapore City Challenge, presented at the School of Communication & Design’s showcases, and led and supported social causes and numerous local RMIT events.

Story: Ha Hoang

09 December 2019

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