RMIT collaborates with Ho Chi Minh City to shape smart cities in Vietnam

January 28, 2021

HO CHI MINH CITY - The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee have brought international and industry experts together in HCMC to discuss the building blocks of smart and sustainable cities. The inaugural event brought together thought leaders from Australia, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam.

 A key outcome of the event was the signing of an MoU between RMIT and the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee to foster collaboration in key development areas for the city, which has a population of more than eight million.

. the MOU will support stronger collaboration between RMIT and the city to develop and maintain international education standards in Vietnam, smart city development, leadership capacity, innovation and start-up promotion.

RMIT Vietnam Chairman, Professor Peter Coloe, said the University was committed to making long-lasting impacts in Vietnam, The Smart Cities Forum 2021 was part of a Vietnam Leads policy workshop series hosted by RMIT, and one of the University's 20th anniversary celebrations in Vietnam in 2020 and 2021.

."Leveraging our resources and networks, we are committed to making the Smart Cities Forum an annual event to offer long-lasting support to smart city development in Vietnam," Coloe said.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, College of Business and Law and Vice-President, Professor Julie Cogin, said the RMIT College and the University more broadly had become renowned in Vietnam for leadership in research and the application of sustainable development techniques, including smart city design.

"We have established a research cluster on Managing Smart Transformation at the School of Business and Management in Vietnam, and we will open a Smart City Hub at our Ho Chi Minh City campus," she said. (ATI).