RMIT Vietnam shortlisted for prestigious higher education award

RMIT Vietnam has been shortlisted in the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year category of the inaugural Times Higher Education Awards Asia.

RMIT students are working in the Financial Trading Lab which replicates a real-world financial stock trading room.

Nearly 80 universities from 21 countries and regions took part in the Times Higher Education (THE) awards across five categories.

RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said it was great to be recognised for positive changes in teaching and learning strategies over the past five years.

She said Vietnam was an important emerging economic power in the Asia-Pacific region, with strong gross domestic product, stable economic policy and growing foreign investment.

“It’s exciting for RMIT Vietnam to be recognised for its work in such a crucial and growing market,” Professor McDonald said.

“We are closely aligned to the needs of industry, while at the same time preparing our students for the future working environment.

“Industry partners advise on our programs, we use more media-rich and digital content, we are moving away from formal examinations to more authentic assessment, and our curricular program Personal Edge builds soft skills in our graduates.”

School of Business & Management Associate Lecturer Nguyen Anh Thu (right) discusses work integrated learning projects with industry representatives.

RMIT Vietnam worked to incorporate work integrated learning (WIL) courses into all higher education programs and participated in varied WIL projects in 2018 across areas ranging from fashion and hospitality to e-commerce.

The elevated focus on work readiness had clear results, with 75% of graduates finding full-time employment within three months of graduation.

Times Higher Education editor John Gill said he was delighted to be launching the inaugural THE Awards Asia with such a strong set of shortlists, highlighting the exceptional achievements of universities from across the Asian continent.

“Universities operate in a wide range of contexts and environments, with varied goals and missions, but whatever their situation, the institutions nominated for these awards are proving what extraordinary, transformational roles universities play,” Gill said.

The winners of the THE Awards Asia will be announced at the THE Asia Universities Summit, to be held from 30 April to 2 May.

The awards focus on progress made in 2018, including initiatives that were expanded or completed during that year. The Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year category “recognises a teaching and learning strategy that is distinctive and innovative, has enhanced both the student and staff experience, and reflects an institution’s core values.”

 

Story: Audrey Gray 

25 February 2019

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25 February 2019

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