RMIT Vietnam NewsOne journey ends and another begins

One journey ends and another begins

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12:04
A photo of RMIT University Vietnam 2012 graduates at one of the three graduation ceremonies held in Ho Chi Minh City
A Bachelor of Commerce student receiving her Bachelor degree

More than 1,700 RMIT University Vietnam students graduated at ceremonies held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City last week.

The events also marked the 5,000th RMIT University Vietnam graduate since the University commenced operations in the country in 2001.

RMIT University Vietnam President Professor Joyce Kirk said the ceremony was the culmination of one journey for the graduates and the beginning of another.

“All our graduates have a passport to a wide world of opportunities in different industries and in different countries,” Professor Kirk said.

“Our graduates are well prepared to build on their education through work or further study, and to make a difference to their communities and their country throughout their careers.”

The Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University Professor Margaret Gardner AO told graduates that RMIT was very proud of the achievements of its students in Vietnam, including those who had recently been amongst the winners of an international business planning competition for students staged by RMIT in Australia.

“You are part of a generation that has benefited from the internationalisation of higher education, and as graduating RMIT University students you can be confident that your qualification has international recognition,” Professor Gardner told graduates.

The RMIT University Vietnam graduates and their families were fortunate to have several distinguished individuals give keynote addresses at the two sessions in Hanoi and three sessions in Ho Chi Minh City.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Mr Hugh Borrowman addressed the graduates in the afternoon at the Hanoi Opera House and highlighted the important contribution RMIT and its Vietnamese graduates had made to building stronger relationships between Vietnam and Australia.

Australian Agency for International Development Minister-Counsellor (Mekong and Regional) Mr Michael Wilson also spoke to the graduates and their families at the morning session in Hanoi.

At the University’s Saigon South campus, CEO of KPMG in Vietnam and Cambodia Mr Warrick Cleine gave a particularly thoughtful and inspiring speech in which he encouraged the new graduates to pursue their ambitions with passion in order to be successful in life.  

A total of 1,746 students graduated from RMIT University Vietnam this year, meaning there is now 5,380 RMIT University Vietnam alumni.

*The photo on RMIT University Vietnam homepage by Vincent Lee*