Presenting virtually from Melbourne, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean said the workshops were a reflection of RMIT’s longstanding commitment to the region’s prosperity.
“We are pleased to offer our international leadership in education to Vietnam’s young people and lifelong learners alike as they embrace digital education,” he said.
“Together we can scale great heights for the future and turn the opportunity of digital education into a milestone moment for Vietnam.”
RMIT Vietnam Chairman Professor Coloe said blended learning was ‘the new normal’ at RMIT and reinforced the importance of providing flexible and accessible study options for students.
“In an increasingly digital and connected world, online learning ensures education is made available to many more of Vietnam’s future leaders, wherever they are located,” Professor Coloe said.
With such expertise, Minister Phung Xuan Nha said that he looked forward to more dialogue coordinated by RMIT and other partners to connect higher education around online learning and teaching.
“Over the years, the education sector has benefitted greatly from foreign investment, especially in higher education.
“I strongly believe that international universities will continue to play a major role in improving the quality of general and higher education in Vietnam, helping to produce new generations of skilled, global citizens.”
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie regarded the policy roundtable initiative as “a prime example” of Australia – Vietnam cooperation in key priorities of socio-economic development.
“Australia and Vietnam will continue to work together to expand bilateral cooperation in education, skills development and employment. Despite the COVID-19 impacts on both Australia and Vietnam, we are not losing sight of the development priorities that will keep our societies and economies moving forward.
“It is particularly in these taxing times that collaborations and knowledge exchange will help us come up with innovative solutions for mutual benefit,” Ambassador Mudie said.
The Online and Digitally Enhanced Learning (DEL) Policy Roundtable kicked off the Vietnam Leads policy workshop series hosted by RMIT University as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations in 2020 and 2021. The series aims to contribute to policy discussion on key questions facing Vietnam and the region, with an additional focus on the opportunities and challenges arising in the context of the global COVID-19 situation.
Story: Ngoc Hoang