RMIT Vietnam celebrates the largest-ever group of graduates

RMIT Vietnam celebrates the largest-ever group of graduates

More than 2,450 graduates of the class of 2024 concluded their journey at RMIT Vietnam and are ready to embrace a new chapter of their life.

The largest-ever group proudly walked across the stage to collect their testamurs at graduation ceremonies in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi this week.

Alt Text is not present for this image, Taking dc:title 'news-1-rmit-vietnam-celebrates-the-largest-ever-group-of-graduates' The largest-ever group of RMIT Vietnam graduates has celebrated their achievement at graduation ceremonies in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi this week.

More than 1,040 graduates were from Business programs, making up the largest group of graduates, followed by the Digital Marketing (344) and Professional Communication (238) programs. The Bachelor of Digital Film and Video program celebrated its first group of graduates since its initial intake in early 2020. 

This year, the University also had the largest graduates of master's degrees (163) in Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of International Business and Master of Global Trade.

RMIT Vietnam General Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Macken praised graduates for their hard work and dedication.

As graduates start the next chapter of their lives, Professor Macken reminded them that this is not the end of their education.

“The world is constantly changing, and it is essential to continue learning and growing throughout your life.

“Embrace new experiences, seek out knowledge, and never stop pursuing your passions,” Professor Macken said.

Alt Text is not present for this image, Taking dc:title 'news-2-rmit-vietnam-celebrates-the-largest-ever-group-of-graduates' The founder of Vietnam’s first social enterprise, Know One Teach One (KOTO), Jimmy Pham was awarded the Doctor of Business honoris causa.

A highlight of this year’s graduation was the presentation of the Honorary Doctorate to the visionary Vietnamese-Australian entrepreneur Jimmy Pham. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business honoris causa at the Saigon South campus ceremony.

The honorary degrees are awarded to those who have either a special association with the University or have made distinguished contributions to tertiary education or the wider community. The recipients have also demonstrated that they are aligned with the values and character of RMIT.

In 1999, Jimmy founded Vietnam’s first social enterprise, Know One Teach One (KOTO). With a mission to provide at-risk and disadvantaged youth an opportunity to undertake a two-year holistic hospitality training program, KOTO has transformed the lives of more than 1,700 individuals, empowering them to support themselves, their families and communities.

To RMIT’s graduates, Jimmy offered simple yet profound advice – STAND.

“In the face of adversity, draw strength from the unwavering fortitude of your spirit. Rest if you must, but rise again, fortified by the resolve to overcome obstacles and seize the abundant opportunities before you. Let your mantra be one of unwavering determination: ‘One day, I will say I did’,” said Jimmy.

Alt Text is not present for this image, Taking dc:title 'news-3-rmit-vietnam-celebrates-the-largest-ever-group-of-graduates' RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award winner at Saigon South campus, Nguyen Quy Nhat Ha

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, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award was awarded to Nguyen Quy Nhat Ha and Ngo Viet Luong at Saigon South and Hanoi campuses, respectively.

Nguyen Quy Nhat Ha’s significant achievements include winning the prestigious D&AD Wood Pencil award, and creating the impactful ‘Are You A Potato’ animation to raise awareness about mental health. In addition to being a Student Academic Success tutor, Ha co-hosted animation talk shows, a workshop at Vietnam Festival of Creativity & Design, illustrated for the Homemade with Heart competition, as well as organised club events, and volunteered at the Little Rose Warm Shelter.

Ha encouraged her fellow graduates to find little nuggets of joy to overcome challenges in their next chapter.

“The journey ahead is not going to be easy. But there's no reason to focus on how tall the mountains are, believe in your righteousness to do the things that bring you joy. Of course, be safe and respectful,” Ha said.

Alt Text is not present for this image, Taking dc:title 'news-4-rmit-vietnam-celebrates-the-largest-ever-group-of-graduates' RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award winner at Hanoi campus, Ngo Viet Luong

A winner of the RMIT Academic Achievement Scholarship for Current Students, Ngo Viet Luong has made tremendous contributions to the RMIT community and beyond. Luong was a Program Tutor at RMIT Student Academic Success for more than two years and actively shared his learning experiences with prospective and current students in person and on social media platforms. Luong won the Best Student Project at RMIT, as part of a networking event with 47 industry partners, and he was the only RMIT student selected to represent Vietnam at the Southeast Asia-wide McKinsey Consulting Fellowship program. Luong served as both the Founder and President of RMIT’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club, spearheading the coordination of various impactful events, including a notable visit to the VinFast factory in Hai Phong Province. This visit distinguished RMIT as the pioneering university to explore the factory premises firsthand.

“Education is life-changing and not only for each graduate, but also for their community, and for generations to come,” said Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Macken.

On behalf of the whole University, Professor Macken congratulated graduates and families on the special moment and emphasised to graduates that “you are very much ready for whatever lies ahead”.

Story: Ha Hoang

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