To provide opportunities for all – this is one of five strategic goals of the AusAID Australia Awards, aligned auspiciously with RMIT University Vietnam’s own mission to ‘bring knowledge within reach’.
AusAID – the Australian Agency for International Development – have established their English Language Training program in Vietnam to provide Vietnamese scholarship awardees with the English language and academic skills necessary to complete tertiary education in Australia.
RMIT University Vietnam has been contracted to provide this training up until January 2016. It is envisioned that between 160 and 200 students will pass through the program each year.
RMIT University Vietnam President Professor Joyce Kirk said securing the contract to provide the English language training to AusAID Australia Award recipients was a significant achievement and was further demonstration of the high regard in which the University was held in Vietnam.
“A great deal of hard work went into this process from RMIT University Vietnam operational and academic staff, and they are to be congratulated for their diligence and professionalism,” Professor Kirk said.
“At RMIT University Vietnam we take great pride in being able to make a positive contribution to the country through the quality of our graduates, and the English language training to AusAID Australia Award recipients allows us to extend this contribution further.”
The first group of AusAID Australia Awards students took their seats at the Hanoi and Saigon South campuses on Monday 24 September. After completing the program in Vietnam, the students will move on to Australia where they will be enrolled in a range of postgraduate degrees.
RMIT University Vietnam Director of English Language Programs Rod Gillett said the scholarship winners in the first intake were all working professionals, mainly from the government and academic sectors.
“This program provides a pathway to an international education that would otherwise never have been available to them,” he said.
“I’m delighted that RMIT University Vietnam’s English program can provide the foundation for a much broader range of opportunities that will be available for these students in the future thanks to the AusAID Australia Awards.”