More than 3350 students have celebrated the end of their studies at RMIT University graduation ceremonies in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean, attended the graduation ceremony at SIM in Singapore, while Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian Palmer, attended ceremonies at SIM in Singapore and Jakarta.
Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Paul Gough, attended ceremonies in Hong Kong and Malaysia, and Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Val Clulow, attended ceremonies in Singapore.
Graduates were told that the University was proud of their impressive achievements and proud to be able to welcome them to the RMIT alumni and graduate community.
Martin said RMIT had a particularly strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region through teaching, research and industry links.
“Outside Australia, RMIT delivers more than 40 award programs, at our campuses or with partners in south-east Asian countries,” Martin said.
“The University takes close advice from industry on the design of our academic programs and we strive to provide students will work-relevant working.”
More than 3,000 RMIT students graduated in Singapore, with 234 graduating in Hong Kong, 50 in Indonesia and 45 in Malaysia.
In Hong Kong, Gough thanked RMIT’s education partners – the School for Higher and Professional Education, Hong Kong Art School and Hong Kong Management Association – and spoke about how the University works with government and other funding sources to support life-changing experiences for students.
“These include education partnerships, student exchanges, studying abroad, international industry experience, group study tours, and cross-campus study involving our RMIT Vietnam campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi,” he said.
“An example of this is our Chinese Medicine students, who undertake a one-year supervised clinical internship with Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine through Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.”
In Jakarta, Palmer highlighted that RMIT was keen to deepen its engagement in Indonesia in all areas including teaching and learning, practical research, industry engagement, community support, vocational and skill training.
“RMIT collaborates with Indonesia’s best researchers on a wide range of projects,” he said.
“These include research on the dairy supply chain in Indonesia and Australia, post-tsunami housing in Aceh, women’s issues, improving newborn mortality rates, cutting-edge software to help Indonesian audit firms, and alternative financial schemes including Islamic financing for public infrastructure and development.”
In Kuala Lumpur, Gough talked about graduands being fortunate to be part of a generation that has benefited from the internationalisation of higher education.
He congratulated five students graduating in Malaysia with PhDs – Nor Haslinda Abas, Kartina Alauddin, Zamri Mohamed, Kamaliah Hafilah Saiful Rijal and Kotler Tee Ter Pey.
In Singapore at the SIM graduation, the Vice-Chancellor said RMIT takes close advice from industry on the design of its academic programs.
“We welcome industry practitioners as guest lecturers, and we strive to provide students with work-relevant learning,” he said.
“The Bachelor of Design – Communication Design, now in its 13th year at SIM, has local students visit RMIT in Melbourne to find out more about the culture and lifestyle, and how Communication Design influences the city.”
Martin also talked about the broader university student experience and how RMIT values extra-curricular activities.
“It is terrific to see that student volunteering here at SIM is strong; many students have volunteered through the Peer Assisted Learning program, and students also act as hosts at the SIM Open House days in March and September each year,” he said.
“The RMIT/SIM Student Council continues to be active and SIM students also participated in the Southeast Asian Games and the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy in the dragonboat racing, volleyball, and track and field events.
“As a result of all these initiatives and activities, RMIT graduates are valued by employers around the world for their work readiness, team-work, initiative and leadership.”
Story: Deborah Sippitts