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Work Integrated Learning (WIL) interdisciplinary projects

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 10:38
The WIL Danang Group outside Danang Paediatric Hospital
WIL Long Hoa Students talk with the Manager of Long Hoa Water Bottling
WIL Danang Group Meeting with Dr. Son and Mr. Hien of Danang Paediatric Ward

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Interdisciplinary Projects is a college course providing a unique learning experience in an international context.

What can be more fun and meaningful than earning university credits by taking field trips with international students, working towards improving your community and making great friends in the process?

By taking part in the projects, students gain 12 credit points as a general elective. All RMIT Vietnam undergraduates at Saigon South campus are eligible to apply for the course.

In WIL Vietnam Interdisciplinary Projects, RMIT Vietnam students will collaborate with RMIT students from Melbourne in exciting and challenging industry and community projects.

For the last WIL projects during summer 2009, a team of 25 students from RMIT's Melbourne and Saigon South campuses worked on creating a marketing plan for the Long Hoa Orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City and another 24 students created a redevelopment plan and designs for the paediatric wards of the Da Nang General Hospital in Central Vietnam.

Students will learn about upcoming WIL projects, including the application process and selection criteria, in the information sessions held next week at RMIT Vietnam.

Unlike in lecture-based courses, students get a satisfactory sense of involvement and achievement from their hard work in WIL projects.

"By being a WIL member, I had the opportunity to apply business knowledge to help others in the community," WIL participant Nguyen Quang Thuan proudly said.

Commerce degree student Bui Thi My Ngoc "simply enjoyed every minute of it." Ms. Ngoc also recounted: "Working on WIL projects, you will get the stress, the sweat, and the long work hours. But you also get to laugh your hearts out with your team mates, gain the hands-on experience and have the joy of accomplishment at the end of it all."

WIL members are enthusiastic young people who are keen to learn and contribute while having a lot of fun with friends.

Another WIL "veteran" Nguyen Trung Dung shared, "One of my biggest achievements in the WIL project is that I made friends with lots of wonderful Australian mates. Spending time with them for three weeks was totally amazing and enjoyable."

Applications for the next WIL projects are due Monday, 14 September this year. Interviews will take place on Thursday, 17 September.

Information sessions for upcoming WIL projects:

  • Wednesday, 9 September, 10:30am – 12:00 noon and 1:30pm - 3:30pm in Room 1.12
  • Thursday, 10 September, 10:30am – 12:30pm in Room 2.07, and 3:00pm – 5:00pm in Room 4.12
  • Friday, 11 September, 9:00am – 11:00am in Yarra, and 3:00pm – 5:00pm in Room 2.07

For more information, please contact Sarah Cunnian at sarah.cunnian@rmit.edu.vn