RMIT Alumni Community in Vietnam – 20 years of sustainable development
The 20th anniversary of the RMIT Alumni Community (RAC) in Vietnam was recently kicked off successfully, under the theme of Sustainability and Inclusion.
Speaking at the launch event, RMIT Senior Manager, Careers, Alumni & Industry Relations Ms Manuela Spiga shared “nearly 17,000 members of RAC have been graduating from our Vietnam campuses, going out into the world, and working to make it better. Many of our alumni have joined the workforce and are currently working at 5,800 companies in 18 different industries across Vietnam and globally. Twelve percent of RAC pursue passions in entrepreneurship and use innovation to grow their businesses.”
RMIT Senior Manager, Careers, Alumni & Industry Relations Ms Manuela Spiga shared the key achievements of RMIT alumni at the official launch of the 20th anniversary of RMIT Alumni Community in Vietnam.
Graduated from business, management, communication, design, science to technology areas, about 4,000 alumni currently hold managerial positions across a number of industries. Many of them were also recognised for a diverse range of contributions and services to the community and economic growth.
RMIT alumni creating positive social change
Commerce alumni Luu Thanh Huyen and Nguyen Hoang Hai together with Business alumnus Mai Lan Van were recognised by the Forbes Vietnam Under 30 List for their contribution to the community, as well as their passions and actions to empower youth in Vietnam.
Some of the other alumni working for not-for-profit social enterprises or organisations include Jimmy Pham – Founder of KOTO, Nhi Thoi – Managing Director of CHANGE Vietnam, and Ho Thai Binh - Director of Survival Skills Vietnam.
They are working with local and international partners to help address entrenched social problems in our communities and the country's critical developmental and ecological issues.
Commerce alumnus Ho Thai Binh led Survival Skills Vietnam, a social enterprise aimed to reduce preventable deaths and injuries in Vietnam through first-aid education to Australian standard. Over the past eight years, his organisation has educated more than 84,000 people from schools, community and companies in Vietnam. As a consequence, the learners have been provided emergency support to more than 8,000 victims.
“I have great passion and faith for sustainable development. I believe economic growth must not sacrifice the welfare of the environment, the poor and future generations,” Mr Binh said.
RMIT alumni giving back to support the successes of RMIT students
Besides partnering with the University, RMIT alumni also sit on the advisory board to provide insights and advice to help foster collaboration between RMIT and its alumni. The board consists of high-profile individuals from various industries who have a strong desire to support RMIT and the local communities.
RMIT Alumni Advisory Board was recognised for their support to RMIT and the local communities.
Upcoming series of activities support the vision of Sustainability and Inclusion
As part of a series of activities celebrating the anniversary, RAC teamed up with Aus4Skills to pay a visit to We-Edit, a professional service with 25% of its employee base comprised of staff with disabilities. The company tour brought together a group of alumni of RMIT and other Australian universities/institutes, who are practitioners, counsellors, business leaders and professionals, to identify and share ideas that help remove barriers for people with disability in the workplace.
RMIT Alumni Manager Pham Huu Hoang shared that “The company tour was one of the activities that supported the vision of Sustainability and Inclusion shared by both RMIT Vietnam and our partners. We will continue to organise many other activities with an aim to connect RMIT alumni across the globe and with wider communities to create an impact on the economic growth of Vietnam.”