Professor Gael McDonald, President and General Director
The President of RMIT Vietnam, Professor Gael McDonald, has constituted the President’s Executive team for the purposes of strategic planning and overall leadership and management of the Vietnam campus of RMIT.
The Melbourne-born executive is currently the Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, the largest university in the United Kingdom.
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In 1998 RMIT in Australia invited by the Vietnamese Government to establish a fully foreign-owned university in Vietnam. In 2000, RMIT was granted a licence by the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate education, training and research.
RMIT University Vietnam was officially founded in 2001, and commenced offering programs at its purpose-built campus in Ho Chi Minh City. In 2004, it established a second campus in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi.
Since its foundation, RMIT University Vietnam has granted over 90 billion VND (approximately $4.5 million USD) in scholarships.
RMIT University Vietnam has been awarded 10 Golden Dragon Award for its "excellence in education" by the Vietnamese Ministry of Trade since 2003. 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.
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".