RMIT Vietnam students graduate with the entrepreneurial skills and savvy needed to start their own business, regardless of the program they study.
Here are some alumni who have turned ideas into reality across a range of sectors.
Gaining a competitive edge in the thermal insulation business
Pham Tuan, who had already enjoyed success at his thermal insulation business, saw returning to school as a chance to grow the company even further.
The founder and director of Cong Bang Corporation enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (Executive) (EMBA) program at RMIT Vietnam to build his knowledge and help his company to maintain a competitive edge and expand in the region.
Since it was founded ten years ago, Cong Bang has gone from supplying insulation products for the construction of buildings such luxury hotels, hospitals and data centres, to also supplying products in the global supply chain for consumer brands such as Nike, Sunday Afternoons, Armstrong and Omron.
Mr Tuan, who graduated in 2017, said the impact of his studies on his business has been significant.
“I have been able to apply the knowledge that I learnt in the EMBA to my business,” he said.
“The design thinking and leadership courses were very important. You can see the impact in our revenue. Compared to before I studied, our turnover has doubled.”
Building an online marketplace
Nguyen Bui Ngoc Diep graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2008, but it wasn’t until she got married that she pursued her entrepreneurial goals.
Together with her husband, who is an interpreter, Ms Diep founded Freelensia, an online marketplace for interpreters.
Ms Diep explained that in Vietnam, there are companies that offer interpretation services, but there is nowhere to host transactions between buyers – companies that need interpretation services for short-term events – and sellers, or interpreters.
“It’s like Airbnb for interpreters,” she explained. “It allows companies and interpreters to do transactions with each other.”
The website launched in 2017 and already has 1000 members, including interpreters from China, Vietnam and Japan.
Finding a niche in education
Tran Vu Mai Hoang, a member of the first RMIT Vietnam Bachelor of Commerce cohort at the University’s Hanoi campus, decided to open a Montessori preschool when she noticed a shortage of such kindergartens while searching for a school for her children.
Launched in 2016, Casa dei Bambini Montessori Preschools now includes three campuses around Hanoi.
Targeting Vietnamese students, Ms Hoang’s schools provide an authentic bilingual teaching environment using the Montessori Method of education.
“Our mission is to bring the Montessori approach to all kids and families in Vietnam,” Ms Hoang shared.
“The wonderful thing about this approach is that, in Montessori classrooms, children can make creative choices in their learning, and teachers offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.”
Meet more of our entrepreneurial alumni including Mr Tuan, Ms Diep and Ms Hoang in this video.