More than 1600 RMIT Vietnam graduands have proudly collected a testamur for their newly-acquired academic degrees in five ceremonies held at the Saigon South and Hanoi City campuses
The largest group was 524 graduates receiving Bachelor of Business degrees, followed by the Bachelor of Commerce (432), Bachelor of Communication (122), Bachelor of Design (57), Bachelor of Information Technology (32) and RMIT Vietnam’s first-ever Bachelor of Fashion graduates (9).
Most postgraduates received Master of Business Administration degrees, with four Doctor of Philosophy awards conferred and two Honorary Doctorates.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, told the audience of graduands and their families that the education the students had received could take them anywhere in the world, to do what they’ve always wanted to do – even start their own business.
“It’s not just the technical knowledge you’ve received from us that employers need and the world around you needs. It’s your creativity. And it’s your moral purpose. So put your education to its best use,” he advised.
“Never stop learning. Never stop travelling. Never lose the concern for the planet and the people on it that you’ve displayed in your time here at RMIT.”
RMIT Vietnam President, Professor Gael McDonald, commented on the University’s emphasis on helping students to think critically, solve problems, be creative and develop themselves personally.
“The success of this approach is one of the major reasons why our graduates are so highly sought-after by employers in Vietnam and around the world,” she said.
“I ask you to personally thank a key member of your family or a staff member for the support they have given you in accomplishing this important educational outcome.”
A highlight of the ceremonies was the conferring of two Honorary Doctorate degrees: at Saigon South to the Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, John McAnulty AM, and in Hanoi to the Chairman and CEO of Le Invest (Holdings) Corporation, Le Quoc Vinh, one of Vietnam’s foremost media entrepreneurs.
McAnulty was recognised for his outstanding contribution to RMIT University, while Le’s award acknowledged his outstanding contribution to Vietnam’s communication and media industry as well as his longstanding and continuing support for RMIT students during their studies and in the workplace.
RMIT Vietnam’s highly prestigious President’s Awards were conferred for 2015 on outstanding graduates Nguyen Thuc Hien from the Saigon South campus and Nguyen Vinh Bao from the Hanoi City campus.
Hien graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree and impressive achievements in areas outside her studies throughout her time at RMIT Vietnam.
Having rebounded from the setback of withdrawing from university studies for financial reasons, then taken on business challenges and competitions enabling her to travel internationally, Hien advised graduating students to “remember we don’t have to know everything – we just have to do it, seize the opportunities and never stop moving forward.”
Bao, who also graduated with distinction in his Bachelor of Commerce degree, now works at Galaxy Communications while studying part-time for a Master degree; he was nominated to attend many international leadership symposiums during his studies.
He said the best way graduates could show gratitude to their families and teachers was “to make the most of the opportunity we've been given, and go forward into the world with the intention of making it a better place for the generations that follow us.”
Story: Tran Tran