A building at RMIT Vietnam University has been renamed in honour of Emeritus Professor David Beanland AO.
From right: Professor David Beanland AO and his wife, Heather Beanland, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, and RMIT Vietnam University President, Professor Gael McDonald.
The Beanland Building at the South Saigon campus has been named after the former Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University, who is also a former director of RMIT Vietnam.
Professor Beanland's significant role as a founder and driver in the establishment of the University was recognised at a recent naming ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by special guests including RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, RMIT Vietnam's board, visiting senior staff from RMIT Australia, RMIT Vietnam academic and professional staff, as well as students.
RMIT Vietnam President, Professor Gael McDonald, acknowledged the significant role and vision of Professor Beanland towards the internationalisation of RMIT.
"It is an honour to be naming one of RMIT Vietnam University's buildings in recognition of Professor Beanland and his crucial work and inspirational commitment to establishing Vietnam's first international university," she said.
Previously called Academic Building One, the building was symbolic of the university's humble origins, Professor McDonald said.
"Just as our student numbers have grown since this campus was established in 2005, so too has this building," she said.
"It started operating in 2005 with four floors, with a fifth floor opening in November 2008.
"The Engineering Lab opened in 2010 with sponsorship from Intel Vietnam and the following year saw renovations to the Beanland Library and Learning Commons on levels three and four."
Professor David Beanland AO and distinguished guests at the ceremony.
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