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International academics gather at RMIT Vietnam symposium

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International academics gather at RMIT Vietnam symposium

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Inaugural Vietnam International Economics Research Symposium held on August 8 at university's Saigon South campus.

by My Van

The inaugural Vietnam International Economics Research Symposium, held on August 8 at RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus, provided a platform for international academics to exchange research ideas and discuss economic policies to support economic growth in Vietnam and other emerging countries.

RMIT Vietnam Head of School of Business & Management, Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma, said that Vietnam is an emerging economy with one of the highest economic growth rates in the world, at 6.8 per cent in 2017, according to the World Bank.

“Vietnam’s economy has also become increasingly integrated into regional and global economies,” he said. “This brings opportunities for growth, along with associated challenges. In this context academic research is particularly important to inform government policy.”

“The research papers covered a wide range of emerging economic issues, such as foreign trade and economic growth, emission taxes and environmental compliance, air pollution, FDI and productivity, population aging, globalization and industrialization, and inequality of well-being.”

“At RMIT Vietnam we have a research cluster devoted to developing and emerging markets,” he went on. “The scholars involved in this cluster conduct research and provide policy advice on cutting-edge issues in the economics of development and financial markets, with special emphasis on emerging market economies. The research cluster is currently made up of specialists in the areas of institutions, international trade, the credit and banking sector, urban and sustainable development, and health and food safety.”

The symposium was attended by academics from France, Spain, Japan, South Korea, India and Vietnam. More than 30 papers were presented during the event, with one keynote speech and three parallel sessions taking place on the day.

The studies presented acknowledged the need for regional and global collaboration to create borderless opportunities and recommended solutions to emerging economic issues, Associate Professor Nkhoma said.

RMIT University Vietnam brings a world-class education and globalized study environment to Vietnam. Part of the Melbourne-based RMIT University, it offers programs in business, technology, communications, design and fashion, and boasts an impressive range of extra-curricular activities that encourage students to break new ground in their areas of interest.

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