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Driver of education quality

Released at: 08:07, 08/07/2018

Driver of education quality

RMIT Vietnam has invested $72 million in state -of-the-art teaching facilities and high-quality teams, including a Financial Trading Lab that allows students to experience a real-world trading room right in the classroom.

RMIT University Vietnam (RMIT Vietnam) is a campus of RMIT University and has created an innovative research, teaching and learning culture in Vietnam. As an internationally-recognized Australian university based in Asia, RMIT Vietnam is assisting in the development of human resource capabilities in both Vietnam and the region.

2017 was a pivotal year for RMIT Vietnam, bringing forth exciting new innovations. It was also a year of opportunities to reflect on its progress, identify needs, and aim towards a strong academic future. After 16 years in Vietnam, RMIT has affirmed its position as a driver of top-quality education in Vietnam.

Outstanding qualities

“Quality is always a rather ambiguous term,” Professor Gael McDonald, President of RMIT Vietnam, said. “We further refine this to focus on the quality of our programs, student experience, staffing and infrastructure.” Some of the key achievements in this area, she added, have been the introduction of authentic learning, fewer examinations, a move away from prescribed textbooks to more contemporary materials, and professional development for all staff.

In its 16 years in Vietnam, RMIT has continually researched career demand in the country to design a number of new undergraduate programs such as Tourism & Hospitality Management and Digital Marketing. Complementing their established courses in business, design, and technology are a number of new programs. Among postgraduate offerings, RMIT Vietnam launched programs in Business, Management, and Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Notably, it has designed a modern library to support its students better. The RMIT Vietnam Library championed a next-level approach, partnering with teaching teams to redesign educational experiences to help students get “Ready for Life and Work”. It provides learning resources with up-to-the minute currency, delivered in forms contemporary university students appreciate. Assessments measure application skills, not just knowledge. 

RMIT Vietnam is highly regarded for its important research. Research programs focus on areas with a clear impact, particularly those with a benefit for Vietnam. They have been developed in conjunction with the strengths and resources of global RMIT University research programs and in cooperation with Vietnam’s education and research institutions and education industry. 
RMIT Vietnam’s approach to quality is driven by its focus on the student experience. It strives to deliver digitally-enabled, industry-relevant and work-integrated learning experiences. It places emphasis on digitally-enabled learning and teaching. The digital focus was further developed with the launch of the Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE) in 2016, a leading initiative to build educational capacity in Vietnam and share the university’s expertise in digital learning and teaching. 

Another of RMIT’s achievements is valuing and growing its diversity. It launched and implemented RMIT Access in 2016, an initiative that ensures all learning materials in the curriculum are presented in formats accessible to students with disabilities and learning differences. The initiative had converted more than 1,400 existing PowerPoint presentations to an accessible format and created more than 1,000 transcripts and more than 1,600 alternative texts for images by March 2017.

Along with improvements in course quality, RMIT Vietnam managers also focus on training and facilities to provide the best conditions for students. “The University operates under a not-for-profit model, with profits remaining in Vietnam and being reinvested back into the University, such as presenting scholarships to local Vietnamese students, reinvesting in teaching facilities and sharing teaching methodologies with local universities,” Professor McDonald said. Over the past 16 years, RMIT Vietnam has awarded 1.000 scholarships worth more than $10.5 million to young people from all over Vietnam and around the world. Scholarships are on offer for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs. In 2017, the first cohort of RMIT Vietnam PhD candidates began their studies in such areas as business, management and engineering. As of 2015, RMIT Vietnam had invested $72 million in state-of-the-art teaching facilities and high-quality teams at both the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City campuses. Its Cyber Security Lab and Financial Trading Lab, meanwhile, allow students to experience real work application right in the classroom. It has also invested in a pioneering Mixed Reality Studio, where students can research and develop Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality.

RMIT’s place 

RMIT University’s quality has been recognized by international organizations and the Vietnamese Government. It was ranked among the world’s top 100 universities in engineering (civil and structural, electrical and electronic, and mechanical), accounting and finance, and business and management studies in the latest QS rankings in 2017.

RMIT has also received a Golden Dragon Award for 15 consecutive years, from 2003 to 2017. It also received The Top Trade Services Award six times, from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and Trade News. Most notably, it received an International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Excellence Award 2015 and a National Energy Efficiency Award in 2010 and 2015.

RMIT Vietnam’s students have also found outstanding success in domestic competitions and international prizes. They won first prize at the National Round of the HSBC Business Plan Competition and won two prizes in the final round of Accor Takeoff! 2017 in France. Moreover, two excellent RMIT students were champions at the 5th Young Marketers Competition, with their idea of shoes that can be turned into life vests to protect the lives of millions of children in Vietnam’s rural areas. 

These all affirmed the ability of RMIT’s students as well as the support of RMIT’s lecturers. The number of graduates has now reached 12,500 in total, at both Saigon South and Hanoi campuses, and 6,000 students are currently undertaking higher education at the university. “We have been pleased not only with the increase in the growth of student numbers but also with the quality of students studying with us,” Professor McDonald said. 

Graduates are also assisted in securing job opportunities due to RMIT Vietnam’s strong connections with major multinational companies and small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam and abroad. The university is also increasingly working with other education associations and providers within Vietnam, including the Association of Universities and Colleges Vietnam, schools for the gifted in major cities and many other universities.

At the heart of its Strategic Plan to 2020, RMIT Vietnam is dedicated to creating life-changing educational experiences for students. One of the way it achieves this is by working with an Industry Advisory Board (IAB) that advises each of its schools on industry needs. “The IAB advises the School of Business and Management on matters associated with the development, delivery and assessment of academic degree programs and industry-relevant focuses on research and development activities,” Head of the School of Business and Management, Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma, said at the first IAB meeting for the School of Business & Management. The IAB also advises the school regarding student, industry and community needs related to the programs as well as student demand and the community’s need for the program.

RMIT Vietnam’s approach to quality is driven by its focus on the student experience and to prepare its students the knowledge and skills necessary for Industry 4.0.

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