RMIT International University Vietnam (RMIT Vietnam) and AWB Limited have entered into an agreement for an exciting new initiative to develop the “AWB – Centre of Excellence for Professional Development” to train bakers from all of Asia.
AWB is one of the world’s largest wheat marketers and Australia’s major grain manager. RMIT Vietnam is the only fully foreign owned University in Vietnam, offering a range of education, training and research programs in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Under the agreement, AWB will design and jointly develop a fully functional modern training facility on the RMIT Campus in Ho Chi Minh City, which will deliver training courses in conjunction with RMIT Vietnam in the development and promotion of Australian wheat-based products. The Centre will also allow the clients and customers of AWB to use the facility for commercial testing, evaluation and product development.
This joint project is the first of its kind in the region. AWB will supply the machinery, equipment, expertise and product for its operation, while RMIT Vietnam will provide the venue and training staff to develop and deliver courses and award programs.
This agreement is also a framework for a range of cooperative projects which may be identified by either party. The Centre in addition to providing specialized and award training in the area of wheat-based products will also to promote Australian wheat and other generic Australian grain products not only in Vietnam but the Asian region.
The Centre will open in mid 2004. RMIT Vietnam President, Mr Michael Mann said “This is the type of innovative project which combines the expertise of two of Australian best known institutions working together to bring state for the art training, quality assurance and new product development to the Asian market”.
AWB Managing Director Andrew Lindberg said the Asian region had been an integral part of AWB’s wheat export program for more than fifty years, and that the region was are key part of AWB’s future.
“We have built our trade relationships around the ability to supply our Asian customers with a product that precisely meets their varying needs,” Mr Lindberg said.
“However, we always remain focused on ensuring we can continue met those changing requirements – with new products and new wheat types - as well as ensuring our customers can extract the best from the product we offer, through training and technical assistance,” Mr Lindberg said
“We see this investment, alongside RMIT, as an important step in delivering that,” Mr Lindberg said.