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RMIT students impress global business leaders in Vietnam

14 Nov 2017

On 5 November, a group of RMIT students presented findings from their research on

Digital Entrepreneurship to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in Da Nang, Vietnam.


RMIT MBA students in Da Nang for the ABAC meeting.

RMIT students have presented findings from their research on Digital Entrepreneurship to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in Da Nang, Vietnam.

ABAC provides a platform for business to provide advice and input into the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) policy making processes. Each Asia-Pacific economy selects up to three business leaders who represent the private sector interests of their country and the region when attending ABAC meetings.  

The RMIT project’s core research team, consisting of Angie Glance, Deon Leng, Hoang Le and Alakshendra Swarup, also tabled their report, ‘Digital Entrepreneurship across the APEC Region: Assessing the needs of the region’s digital start-ups’. 

Both the research findings and report were well received by ABAC’s audience of top Asia-Pacific industry leaders. The positive feedback garnered is testament to both the students and RMIT, namely the Australian APEC Study Centre (AASC), Graduate School of Business and Law (GSBL) and the RMIT Asia Graduate Centre, who partnered on this project. 

The successful cross-collaboration involved more than 400 RMIT MBA, EMBA and MIB students contributing to the report across the Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Melbourne campuses. Industry engagement was also paramount to ensuring the report’s integrity, with 100 stakeholders engaged in workshops and surveys, along with 6 case studies undertaken of real digital companies.

The practical application of the research on a key issue confronting the APEC region and the fact that many of the business leaders within the room have endorsed the students’ recommendations is something RMIT is most proud of. Furthermore, providing real world global engagement was invaluable for the participating RMIT students.

The core research team relished the opportunity to present their work to global business leaders, in addition to networking with international stakeholders. Michael Fairbairn of the AASC at RMIT was impressed with the students’ contributions and noted the presentations importance in influencing ABAC and future policy.

AASC remains committed to exploring future global engagement opportunities for RMIT students, providing both strong learning experiences, while encouraging our students to be part of helping to shape the world for the better.

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