More than 1,800 RMIT University Vietnam graduates have marked the start of an exciting new chapter in their lives at graduation ceremonies in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
The ceremonies saw nearly 1,500 students at RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus and about 350 at Hanoi’s Opera House presented with their certificates in front of family, friends, industry leaders and staff.
A total of 270 students graduated with distinction, including two Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) graduates – Nguyen Thi Nam Phuong and Pham Ngoc Hoang Phuong – who are now working as journalists for the Vietnam Investment Review.
Ms Nguyen has been passionate about journalism for as long as she can remember.
With both her father and sister working as journalists, she said throughout her study she always aspired towards the fast pace and deadline-driven environment of a career in the media.
"I’m thrilled to be working for the Vietnam Investment Review as my first official job as a journalist,” she said.
"I’m learning every day, and although there are still many challenges, I’m sincerely happy that I’m living my dream to work in this field."
Like Ms Nguyen, Pham Ngoc Hoang Phuong has always wanted a career where she could share the stories of others.
As part of her undergraduate degree, Ms Pham completed an internship with RMIT Vietnam’s Press Office where she was mentored in writing news stories for the University website.
She is also one of the founders of Facebook page Humans of Saigon, a photography project inspired by Humans of New York, which explores the stories behind Saigon’s residents.
Ms Pham said her degree at RMIT Vietnam gave her the opportunity to work with industry professionals and gain a real understanding of what it’s like to work in the industry.
"This, coupled with the skills I’ve developed in professional writing, creative thinking and strategic planning, is an asset for my future career," Phuong said.
At both graduation ceremonies, students were inspired by messages from industry leaders and diplomats including Manulife Vietnam Vice President and CEO Paul Nguyen, JWT Vietnam and Indochina CEO Sabyasachi Mishra, TRG International Founder and CEO Rick Yvanovich, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam HE Haike Manning and Le Invest Chairman and CEO Le Quoc Vinh.
At the ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, TRG International’s Rick Yvanovich told students gaining a degree was just one of life’s steps to success.
“Success is not a destination but it is a journey which involves a commitment to learning along the way,” Mr Yvanovich said.
"Students at RMIT Vietnam are equipped with the ability to know how to learn as well as the desire to learn more, with this valuable gift opening up a world full of unlimited possibilities."
Mr Yvanovich’s IT solutions company has taken on many RMIT Vietnam graduates over the years, including alumnus Nguyen Viet Binh, who was also at the Saigon South graduation to congratulate his former classmates.
Mr Nguyen, a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) graduate from 2013, coordinates online content and digital media at TRG International in his role as a marketing executive.
While his degree provided the technical skills and knowledge to take on the role, he said it was also the broad business perspective gained at RMIT Vietnam which gave him an understanding beyond the “brand” and had been to his advantage when applying for marketing jobs.
"The experience and application of business practices such as finance and accounting throughout study at RMIT Vietnam sets us as marketing graduates apart in the field of job seekers," he said.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald congratulated all graduates on their outstanding work and commitment.
"RMIT Vietnam is especially proud of its curriculum and teaching approach, which differentiates the University from others," Professor McDonald said.
"We encourage students to take responsibility for their studies, to learn how to work independently and in teams, to think critically and creatively, as well as to learn how to solve actual problems.
"Congratulations to all graduates and we look forward to hearing of your career success."