RMIT University Vietnam

RMIT University Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City
RMIT University Vietnam
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
RMIT University Logo.svg
MottoPerita manus mens exculta (Latin)
Motto in English
Skilled hand and cultivated mind
ChancellorZiggy Switkowski
PresidentPeter Coloe
Vice-ChancellorMartin G. Bean
Academic staff
586 (FTE)[1]
10°43′46″N 106°41′43″E / 10.72944°N 106.69528°E / 10.72944; 106.69528Coordinates: 10°43′46″N 106°41′43″E / 10.72944°N 106.69528°E / 10.72944; 106.69528
Coloursred, grey, white
AffiliationsASAIHL, ATN, OUA

RMIT University Vietnam (informally RMIT Vietnam or RMIT) is the Vietnamese branch of the Australian research university the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, known in Australia as RMIT University. It has three campuses located in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang.[3]

RMIT was the first completely foreign-owned university granted permission to operate in Vietnam. Since its establishment in 2000, it has won 15 Golden Dragon Awards from the Vietnamese Government for excellence in education.[4]


In 1998 RMIT in Australia invited by the Vietnamese Government to establish a fully foreign-owned university in Vietnam.[5] In 2000, it was granted a licence by the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate education, training and research.[5]

In 2001, it purchased and restored a 19th-century French Colonial building and grounds in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.[5] The building, located on Pham Ngoc Thach Street, is informally referred to as "the Castle" by students.[6] Today, the site remains a radial site of the present Ho Chi Minh City campus.[6] In 2004, it established a second campus in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi.[5][7]

The present Ho Chi Minh City campus is located in the Phu My Hung area of the Saigon South development in District 7.[8] The first academic buildings on the large purpose-built campus opened in 2005.[5] In 2011, its recreation complex and residential centres opened.[5]

In 2018 it opened its Foreign Language Training Centre in the central Vietnamese city of Danang. The centre provides English language programs.[3]

RMIT has been awarded 15 Golden Dragon Award for its "excellence in education" by the Vietnamese Ministry of Trade since 2003.[4] It has also been awarded by the Australian Chamber of Commerce for its "innovation and community service" as well as received Certificates of Merit from the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and the Hanoi Government.[5] In 2008, RMIT International University received a Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, for its "educational achievements contributing to the social and economic development of Vietnam".[9]


Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a public university created by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 1992 of the parliament of the Australian state of Victoria,[10] and it continues in accordance with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 2010.[10] RMIT is governed by a Council,[11] led by its Chancellor (as Governor-in-Council),[12] which is responsible for the "general direction and superintendence of the University".[13]

The University (the colleges, schools, institutes and centres of RMIT) trades under the name "RMIT University" in Australia,[14] and its subsidiaries are managed under the name "RMIT Group".[11] The Council grants powers of administration over RMIT University and the RMIT Group to its Vice-Chancellor and President (as chief executive officer),[11] who is responsible for the "conduct of the University's affairs in all matters".[15]

RMIT Vietnam Holdings Pty Ltd is the Australian subsidiary in the RMIT Group that owns the Vietnamese company RMIT University Vietnam LLC.[16] RMIT University in Australia confers the qualifications of RMIT University Vietnam,[17] which are subject to the requirements set out by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (and Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) and the Vietnamese Government Ministry of Education and Training.[17]

RMIT University Vietnam is managed by a Board led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Development) and Vice-President of RMIT University (as Chair of the Board).[18]


Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon South

RMIT Saigon South

RMIT's Saigon South campus is located in Ho Chi Minh City (702 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7), approximately 7 km from the city centre. The purpose-built facility was opened in 2001 and was designed by architectural firm Norman Day and Associates. Professor Norman Day is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at RMIT University and also an alumnus of the university.

The East Wing of the campus houses its main academic centre and sporting fields, and the West Wing houses the university's administration offices, food and beverage outlets, a health clinic, the 'Melbourne Theatre' and the campus library.

In 2012, RMIT Vietnam opened its latest Academic Building - AB2. Stage 2, completed in 2009, included a sport and leisure centre, tennis courts, and residential buildings.[8]

District 3

In October 2011, RMIT opened English classes at a campus on Pham Ngoc Thach in District 3. The campus will also host business and IELTs classes.


RMIT's Hanoi campus opened in 2004 in a renovated multi-level building situated in the Van Phuc Compound in the diplomatic quarter of Hanoi. From March 2011, RMIT Hanoi has moved from the previous nine level building near the famous Temple of Literature, Hanoi (Văn Miếu Hà Nội) to Tower B of Handi Resco Building at 521 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi to satisfy the increasing number of students at this campus.[7]


The current offered programs include:




RMIT University Vietnam is governed by a Board of Management, the Chair being Professor Peter Coloe, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global Development.[19]

Student life

RMIT University Vietnam's campuses currently have a combined student population of approximately 6000 students, with international students from Australia, China, France, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as other countries.[5]

Across the (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) campuses students have access to over 30 student clubs that cover diverse interests English, photography, dance, entrepreneurship, business, accountancy, Aikido, San Shou, SIFE, the environment and more.

Events and parties are held by student clubs and the Student Council (SC) throughout the year.

RMIT University Vietnam art collection is one of the most prestigious collections of contemporary Vietnamese art in the world. This collection is not only historically important, but one that will continue to grow the understanding of Vietnamese culture for generations to come. The Vietnamese artists in the collection range from established and mid-career artists, whose works feature in significant exhibitions and notable private collections and public institutions worldwide, to young emerging artists who continue to tackle issues with fresh and new interpretations.

RMIT University is at the forefront of creative education and this collection allows both students and the wider community to experience the artistic expression of an important generation of contemporary Vietnamese artists.

The art collection is managed by the RMIT Library Vietnam.


See also



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  2. ^ 2016 Annual Report, p. 13
  3. ^ a b "RMIT Vietnam opens Foreign Language Training Centre in Danang". RMIT University Vietnam. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  4. ^ a b "RMIT Vietnam wins Golden Dragon Award for 15th straight year". RMIT University Vietnam. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
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  6. ^ a b Pham Ngoc Thach site (Archived 30 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine), RMIT International University, retrieved 27 September 2012
  7. ^ a b Hanoi campus. RMIT University Vietnam. Retrieved 9 December 2018
  8. ^ a b Saigon South campus. RMIT University Vietnam. Retrieved 9 December 2018
  9. ^ RMIT Vietnam receives award from Vietnamese Prime Minister - RMIT VN News, October 15, 2008
  10. ^ a b Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 2010 (Vic) s 4
  11. ^ a b c RMIT Council Governance Charter (Archived 12 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine), RMIT University, retrieved June 8, 2017
  12. ^ RMIT Statute No. 1 pt 2, RMIT University, retrieved June 8, 2017
  13. ^ Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 2010 (Vic) s 2
  14. ^ Trading names and corporation/company formation policy, RMIT University, retrieved June 8, 2017
  15. ^ Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 2010 (Vic) s 26
  16. ^ Financial Statements: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Subsidiaries n 40, in: 2016 Annual Report, p. F-62
  17. ^ a b Wilmoth (2004), pp. 196–197
  18. ^ Leaders. RMIT University Vietnam, retrieved June 9, 2017
  19. ^ "Our leaders". RMIT University Vietnam. Retrieved 2019-10-03.