Seventy-five exceptional RMIT students improved their leadership skills, and their futures, at an intensive three-day off-site Leadership Camp this month at Giang Dien Waterfall Eco Resort outside of Ho Chi Minh City.
The students developed many skill sets at the camp through project-based learning activities, energiser games and online and offline training workshops.
By attempting to solve real-life problems while working as a team, students had the opportunity to improve soft skills such as leadership, public speaking, negotiation, communication and problem-solving.
Together with their teammates, nine groups of eight students proposed realistic solutions to given problems and present their ideas to senior leaders from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including the LIN Centre for Community Development, Toastmasters International and Vietnam Social Health Revolution.
Ms Kelly Vo, Head of Corporate Partnership & Fundraising at the LIN Centre for Community Development, was appreciative of the Leadership Camp and the challenges it presented, as students were inspired and driven to become leaders.
“RMIT Leadership Camp was a great experience for LIN,” Ms Vo said.
“I was impressed by how well the students learned and understood our challenges in a short amount of time in order to come up with many interesting ideas and proposed solutions, which we will definitely explore further.”
Nguyen Thanh Thao, senior team leader of the group which won the Best Presentation Award, valued the experience provided by the camp.
“I knew exactly what I had to change in order to bond all of the team members together and create a chance for each one of them to become a leader,” Ms Thao said.
“It is necessary for me to accomplish my role to become an effective leader, especially for my future startup company.”
She said her team members were able to identify their strengths and weaknesses after the camp.
“The overall experience was delightful and unforgettable for both me and all of the team members, as we recognised each other’s strengths, as well our differences and unique qualities. We also learned from our weaknesses.”
According to Camp organisers, nearly every one of the 75 participants would recommend the Leadership Camp to their friends.
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) student Utkarsh Sarbahi, another camp attendee, shared his takeaway from the program.
“All of the engaging activities and games not only refreshed and energised me, but also improved my cross-cultural team player skills,” he said.
“This allowed me to enhance my leadership skills more effectively.”
Hosted by RMIT Vietnam’s Student Life, Leadership Camp is part of the project-based Leadership Program, which empowers students to gain leadership qualities through hands-on training, assessments and real-life social problem-solving to create positive change in the community.
Story: Thuy Le