The Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Training and Skills in the Australian state of Victoria, Ms. Gayle Tierney, visited RMIT’s Ho Chi Minh City campus last week.

As the leading foreign university in Vietnam, RMIT has supported Vietnam’s economic priorities and the positive development of the region for over 19 years.

Speaking at the campus, Ms. Tierney said the Victorian Government looks forward to furthering its relationship with the Government of Vietnam. “I think the relationship that we’ve been able to build through RMIT is a very important example of how we can cooperate and build skills for the workforces that are needed in our countries,” she said.

The tour was led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Vice President Professor Belinda Tynan, who thanked the Minister for taking the time to see the campus first-hand.

“RMIT was born out of a sense of community - open to all, and that remains a central part of our identity,” she said. “Our work in Vietnam over almost two decades is testament to that, and we are so pleased to be able to show the Minister what we have achieved over that time. We are privileged to be able to operate here with the ongoing support and backing of State and Federal Governments of Australia and of course the Government of Vietnam.”

The Minister met students from across the region, including many participating in the 2019 Global Leader Experience (GLE).

With a focus on Ho Chi Minh City, the GLE allows students to explore how technological innovation delivers societal and economic value in cities.

The GLE has run for three years across RMIT’s campuses, providing students with opportunities to work in diverse teams and tackle global challenges in partnership with industry.

Ms. Tierney also met with law enforcement officers from 20 different countries who were at RMIT working on the issues of regional security and Transnational Child Sexual Exploitation.

RMIT has been a partner of and hosted the Asia Regional Law Enforcement Management Program (ARLEMP) for over ten years in Vietnam.

With the university also acting as the leader for Australian education more broadly in Vietnam, RMIT also held an event for the Minister and Vietnam-based alumni from Victorian universities.