The President of RMIT International University Vietnam, Professor Merilyn Liddell is to be honoured as one of Australia's Top 50 women leaders in the Asia-Pacific region.
In an event being held to coincide with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Professor Liddell will receive this honour at a ceremony to be held at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Advance Women’s Leadership Summit on 7-8 March 2011.
The summit is backed by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with Australian Prime Minister Ms Julia Gillard as its patron.
Professor Liddell is being recognised for her outstanding contribution to development of business, social innovation, commercialisation and culture in the Asian region, in particular view of her former leadership of Monash University’s Sunway campus in Malaysia, and now RMIT Vietnam – both of which have undergone major expansion and development programs under her leadership.
Some 200 prominent Australian women leaders will attend the Sydney summit in March, of whom 50 will receive the additional honour.
“I feel excited and a little humbled by this recognition,” Professor Liddell said today.
“I see it not so much as a recognition of my own achievements, but a recognition of the hard work that so many people have contributed and continue to contribute to seeing the success of Australian education institutions in the Asian region.
“In my view, the most important measure is the extent to which we can all make a positive and useful contribution to the communities in which we operate. I certainly felt this was the case at my time in Malaysia with Monash, and more than ever I feel that I am now helping another institution to make a very positive impact, this time in Vietnam.
“As RMIT Vietnam celebrates its tenth year of taking students – and with the milestone of more than 2500 of our local graduates now being out in the Vietnamese and regional workforce, offering new types of skills and insights – it’s a particularly good time to receive this additional recognition.”
Professor Liddell was also honoured last year in Australia by being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her achievements in education leadership.