Presentation on theme: "VIETNAM – A COUNTRY THAT NEEDS SKILLS"— Presentation transcript:
1 VIETNAM – A COUNTRY THAT NEEDS SKILLS Presentation byMichael MannPresident, RMIT International University Vietnam
2 Vietnam – some critical facts Population of 81 million to be 120 million in 2030;Area less than half bigger in land mass than Victoria;Population of Ho Chi Minh City is bigger than that of Victoria1,000 years of history – many warsAverage income about $A500 p.a.Size of the Economy $A48 billion or one quarter of that of Victoria. Exports make up half of the economy of Vietnam as whereas it is only 13% in VictoriaGrowth rate 6% (last 10 years) – 6-7% predicted.
3 More factsNumber one exporter of pepper and cashews; number two in coffee and rice65% of population under 20 yearsNear 100% literacyOf 1.2 million school leavers each year about 100,000 find university places.Employment rates of university graduates well under 50%
4 RMIT in VietnamOnly one foreign university in Vietnam, RMIT which opened in 2001 in Ho Chi Minh City and in 2004 in Hanoi.1400 students – 10% foreign60 corporate clients (including Nike, US Government, Sony, Nestle, Australia Federal Police)
5 Great needs for skills training and have forged links with William Angliss and Box Hill TAFE as RMIT did not have the requisite skills.
6 Opportunities Mainly unskilled workforce with a great work ethic Good economic growth and substantial foreign investmentAustralia has a great reputation in education and training
7 Major Obstacles to Vocational Training Vocational studies are generally perceived as a panacea to assist disadvantaged group to earn a livingTargets are often ethnic groups, disadvantaged youth, HIV/Aids suffers,Vocation training is the responsibility of Ministry of Labour not Ministries of Education or Commerce
8 BusinessLacks funding for training – chicken and egg – as there is limited quality training available training funding is not in budgetsTraining is often seen as a reward for good service – especially when it involves overseas travelLinks between training and productivity not apparent due to variable quality of trainingForeign companies leading the way (e.g. Nike)
9 Solutions RMIT Vietnam has found some solutions The Australian Wheat Board (AWB) has funded a Centre of Excellence in HCMC on the RMIT CampusRMIT Vietnam is partnering with William Angliss to deliver Hospitality, Tourism and Food Processing Course
11 Other SolutionsObtain funding for courses from third parties – World Bank, Asian Development Bank, etc. – a long process but worthwhileRMIT Vietnam has just started a three year rolling program on its Hanoi campus for senior police from 13 countries funded by the Australian Federal Police
12 OpportunitiesToo many – very easy to sign an MOU very difficult to sign a contract!Must focus on funding mechanismsMeet needs – clearly meet bottom line outcomes for companies – be able to measure these
13 RecommendationsHave honest and friendly people represent institutions – beware of local agentsDon’t be afraid to say NOBuild up relationships either by having someone on the ground or having the same person visit regularlyDo not expect any outcomes for two years – a sizeable investment
15 RMIT Vietnam progress to date Started teaching in late 2001First graduates all have good jobs, started own companies or have gone abroad for postgraduate studyScholarships – Masters programs in Education and Research, English for Health Workers1,400 students (10% non Vietnamese)150 staff (100 academic staff – 80% foreign)Offering seven undergraduate and two postgraduate degree programs
16 Working with other Vietnamese Institutions Great interaction with Vietnamese universities – through building libraries in Hue, Danang, Cantho and Thai Nguyen – a program totalling in excess of $30 million