Anh’s passion for students and teaching motivated her to leave Vietnam to learn more about how international education could enrich student learning and graduate employability.
RMIT University, Melbourne
“I decided to take up doctoral training overseas because I thought it would help me understand what internationalisation of higher education really is, how it should be positioned in the context of Vietnam and to what extent it can support student learning and improve graduate outcomes.
“My research is in the contribution of cross-border higher education to human resource development in Ho Chi Minh City. I was in a teaching position in the public higher education sector in Vietnam for 15 years, so I am passionate about being able to make positive changes to Vietnamese students’ study experience and level of skill after graduation.
“Melbourne was my city of choice as I have an uncle here. However, what’s more significant to me is that Melbourne has a large Vietnamese community, which I thought would be easier for my family to settle in, especially my young daughter.
“I chose RMIT to do my PhD project for two reasons: the expertise of my supervisor, and the convenience of the city campus. The short travel time allows me to better focus on my study and care for my daughter.
“I once participated in the Foundation Studies Mentoring Program and found it was very useful for me in terms of both research and practice in international education. My role was to find mentors and mentees, provide training for mentors and organise events to support and engage newly-arrived international students. Through this experience, I was able to learn a lot about customer service in international education. It opened up my eyes to good practice in international education.”