Professor Peter Coloe appointed as RMIT Vietnam Chairman

Professor Peter Coloe appointed as RMIT Vietnam Chairman

Experienced leader and academic, Professor Peter Coloe has been appointed RMIT Vietnam Chairman.

Professor Coloe supports RMIT University’s long-term commitment to Vietnam and vision for growth across Asia, by connecting all campuses of RMIT globally through a central governance role.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE said the University was delighted to appoint someone of Professor Coloe’s calibre and experience.

“Peter has been closely linked with RMIT Vietnam since its inception, as Chair of Academic Board when the initiative to establish the Vietnam campus was first tabled,” Martin said.

“Peter’s rich history with the region and significant leadership experience makes him the perfect fit to design the future vision for RMIT Vietnam, so we can deliver high-quality education for decades to come.” 

RMIT Vietnam Chairman Professor Peter Coloe RMIT Vietnam Chairman Professor Peter Coloe

Professor Coloe has been at RMIT for more than 34 years, with extensive experience across management, learning and teaching and research.

As a member of RMIT Council from 1999-2008, Professor Coloe contributed to the University’s overall management, strategic and budgetary planning initiatives. He has spent ten years on the Academic Board and RMIT Council, 12 years as Pro Vice-Chancellor (College of Science, Engineering and Health), Head of School (Dean) for seven years, and Head of Department prior to that.

He brings significant experience and expertise from across Vietnam having developed research collaborations with several Vietnamese universities, including Hanoi University of Science & Technology, Vietnam Academy of Science & Technology, Nong Lam University and Vietnam National University.  Professor Coloe also served as Chair of RMIT Vietnam’s Board from 2013 – 2015.

His appointment leverages his capacity as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global for the RMIT Group to create linkages and alignment between the University’s Australian and Vietnam operations.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global is responsible for delivering academic governance and rigour, strong operational performance and a highly engaged workforce no matter where RMIT operates.

“The Chairman role links RMIT Vietnam to wherever we operate – be it Melbourne, Barcelona, Hong Kong or Singapore – to the benefit of education within Vietnam,” said Martin.

Professor Coloe said he is excited to play a key role in helping shape the quality of education in Vietnam.

“RMIT Vietnam exists to create life-changing experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work and ready to shape the rapidly evolving world around them.”

“As Vietnam continues to evolve, RMIT has grown alongside, and I’m excited to build on the tremendous foundation the University has established over the past two decades.

“RMIT Vietnam truly has the potential to be a focal point for exceptional regional education across South East Asia,” Peter confirmed.

Professor Coloe’s appointment as RMIT Vietnam Chairman was effective from 13 November 2019. 

 

Story: Emma Gilmour

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