Meeting Melbourne in Vietnam: Promoting the Bachelor of Biomedicine

Prof Karena Waller, Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, and Fiona Burns, Manager of Future Students for MDHS, joined the University of Melbourne’s “Meet Melbourne” information day for Vietnamese students and parents in Ho Chi Minh City, to promote the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

Recently the UOM “Meet Melbourne Vietnam” information events took place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The purpose of the program is to develop relationships and understanding of study at the University of Melbourne, particularly the Bachelor of Biomedicine and MDHS post-graduate courses, amongst other respective courses offered here.

Prof Karena Waller was the first-ever representative for the Bachelor of Biomedicine and MDHS, alongside Fiona Burns in Vietnam. They spent time with agents across Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi engaging them with a combination of training events and visits to their offices to discuss Biomedicine and MDHS postgraduate pathways. Embracing the opportunity to engage with current alumni and attending the “Meet Melbourne Vietnam” information events which were open-day style events attended by high school students and their parents/guardians.

The highlight of the trip for Prof Karena Waller was the students – how they were “so engaged, keen and interested in the activities, and in their education and future careers!” Students were inquisitive about the differences between the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedicine, where Biomedicine will take them, and the opportunities for studies and internships following completion of our Bachelor program.

University recruitment is a global activity in which all Australian higher education engages in, including international institutions and high schools. Prof Waller shared that “no less than several global institutions were actively recruiting on a single day” at one of the schools they visited. This opportunity to be on the ground is a first for MDHS even though other departments such as the FBE and the Arts have been recruiting for several years to date. Apart from the program, Prof Waller shared that she loved the people, the food and the interesting Vietnamese culture, but found the heat and humidity ‘shocking’ considering it was not even the peak of summer!

Karena and Fiona were also featured in one of Vietnam’s largest local papers, Thanh Nien, attracting more attention to the Biomedicine program.

Read the full article on Thanh Nien.