The RMIT Centre for Business Education Research (CBER) recently co-sponsored two Asian business education research events.
Based on her leadership of these two events a Vietnam research group led by Dr Ngan Collins, School of Management, will be developed as part of the CBER Asian culture cluster.
Professor Sandra Jones, Director ofCBER, said: “Dr Collins’ research on HRM in Vietnam and the sound links she has developed provide a strong relationship base upon which research into skill needs, business education and new forms of partnership between university and business in Vietnam can be built“.
The first workshop, held in partnership with the Australian Centre for Asian Business (ACAB) at the University of South Australia, was designed to explore Asian business and management in transition.
Professor Pauline Stanton, Head, Management, said: “The diversity of research expertise exhibited provides a sound foundation for further research collaborations on skill development in the Asia-Pacific“.
Her enthusiasm was echoed by Professor Ying Zhu, Director of ACAB, and Professor Jones, who are working in partnership to prepare a grant proposal to transform the skills of employees currently working in the automotive industry to emergent businesses.
The second conference, held in partnership with the Asia@rmit research network and RMIT Vietnam, was designed to explore an eclectic array of issues facing business and community in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
Professor Gael McDonald, President RMIT Vietnam and Vice President, said: “Covering topics as diverse as the issues facing the Greater Mekong Sub-region, this conference acknowledged the need for a cross-disciplinary response.“
A key outcome of this event for both campuses was the decision to build stronger research collaborations in the areas of future skill needs, designing learning opportunities for emergent skills and developing new forms of collaborative engagement with industry partners in Vietnam.
As part of this it was agreed that an RMIT alumni network will be established at RMIT Vietnam.