RMIT Vietnam students celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and meet the Vice-Chancellor in Melbourne

RMIT Vietnam students celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and meet the Vice-Chancellor in Melbourne

Alec welcomed students and shared insights from his recent trip to RMIT’s campuses in Vietnam.

This Semester, global experience opportunities re-commenced for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and RMIT welcomed the first students from RMIT Vietnam to its Melbourne campuses.

The students are part of the Industry and Global Experiences cross-campus exchange and International Pathways transfer programs.

Some of these students met with RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Alec Cameron, for afternoon tea at the City campus where they mingled over refreshments that included traditional Vietnamese flan, and in recognition of the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, some delicious mooncakes.

Students enjoy afternoon tea at Vietnam cross-campus exchange event

It was a timely opportunity for Alec to welcome students and share insights from his recent trip to RMIT’s campuses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

In his opening remarks, Alec reinforced the relationship between RMIT in Vietnam and Australia, noting RMIT’s presence in Southeast Asia, and that RMIT Vietnam represents 10% of the University’s total enrolments. He reminded students:

You’re amongst friends while you’re with us here.

This was echoed by student and member of the Vietnamese International Student at RMIT society, Nisa, who spoke to students about the society saying, “There’s quite a few of us, it’s a growing family and everyone’s welcome.”

Nisa also reflected on her own experience as an international student in Melbourne.

“We’re all very lucky students to be able to come to this beautiful campus in this beautiful city where international students are the majority.”

“I’ve never felt alone in this city, I hope you feel like that too!” 

Bachelor of Professional Communication student, Ha, said she decided to transfer her studies to Melbourne to gain more independence.

In RMIT Melbourne, I have more chances to make my own decisions and the people here are so supportive – it brings me more opportunities to grow and enhance myself.

Students participated in a Q&A with Alec where questions ranged from Alec’s thoughts about the similarities and differences between RMIT Vietnam and Melbourne, to his advice on gaining industry experience in students' field of study while in Melbourne.

“When I consider all the knowledge and skills you will absorb from your RMIT education, probably the most important will be your ability to adapt to new situations and challenges, and to work successfully with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.

So, what better way to test that out and to grow your capability than right here with us in Melbourne.”

VC delivers keynote address at Vietnam cross-campus exchange student event

Building on this, Alec talked of the life-changing decision that students had made to come to Australia and how they’ll look back on this time and realise how much it shaped their future.

Alec encouraged students to make the most of their study abroad experience in Melbourne, telling students,

“Be serious about your studies but don’t miss the opportunity to travel, to enjoy yourself and to meet new people while you’re here.”

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12 September 2022


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