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    Nov 12, 2023

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RMIT's Digital3 conference explored how academics and professionals influence emerging markets amidst digital disruption, fostering sustainability, inclusivity, and prosperity.


RMIT’s Business School in Vietnam recently organized the Digital3 conference, a two-day event focused on exploring the potential of digital technologies in emerging markets. The conference, titled "Designing Digital Economies - Pathways for Emerging Markets Development," featured keynote speakers Professor Jason Potts and Associate Professor Chris Berg from RMIT University. Both speakers delved into the ways in which emerging markets can leverage digital technologies to promote sustainability, inclusivity, and prosperity.

At the Digital3 conference, attendees acquire valuable knowledge about compelling advancements in academia, focusing on four prominent themes: artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, smart cities, and digital transformation. The event offers participants a unique opportunity to delve into these subjects and stay updated with the latest developments. Photo credit goes to RMIT for providing the accompanying image.

Professor Robert McClelland, the Dean of RMIT's Business School, has personally experienced the remarkable strength fostered by collaboration between academia and industry.

This conference showcases our dedication to fostering vital connections by combining rigorous academic research with real-world insights. By doing so, we aim to generate significant transformations and open up boundless opportunities for emerging markets.

Professor Potts, the co-founder of RMIT’s Blockchain Innovation Hub, emphasized that digital economies have the potential to create a significant reset in the global arena.

Rapidly developing economies are presented with a unique chance to thrive due to their ongoing journey of institutional reform, essential reconstruction and redesign, and the advancement of economic infrastructure.

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Binh, Senior Program Manager at RMIT, recently moderated a panel discussion featuring esteemed industry professionals specializing in blockchain technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and the digital economy. The panel included Le Thanh from Coin98 Finance, Le Quang Nam from SSG Management Solutions Joint Stock Company, and Dr. Nguyen Tan Son from RMIT Vietnam.

The consensus among the panel members was that emerging economies such as Vietnam hold significant potential to emerge as dominant players in digital economies.

(Photo courtesy of RMIT): From left to right, the panelists featured in the photo are Le Thanh, co-founder of Coin98, Dr. Nguyen Tan Son, Interim Program Manager of Finance at RMIT, Le Quang Nam, Chairman of the Board of SSG Management Solutions Joint Stock Company, and Dr. Nguyen Thanh Binh, Senior Program Manager at RMIT.

Given the youthful demographic and favorable conditions for embracing technology in Vietnam, the experts were optimistic that the scarcity of talent would no longer pose a barrier.

According to the co-founder of Coin98, the current salary in Vietnam is on par with other markets; however, there is a significant disparity between the price and the quality of talent available. To address this issue, he expresses his optimism that universities like RMIT can play a pivotal role in resolving this challenge.

The panelists emphasized the significant potential that academic research holds in tackling challenges during the transition to digital economies. They also highlighted the need for increased collaboration and acknowledged the ample room for growth between research institutions, universities, and industry partners.

Professor Claire Macken, the Pro Vice-Chancellor and General Director of RMIT Vietnam, emphasized that their efforts do not stop here. The bonds created, the knowledge exchanged, and the thought-provoking questions raised during this event will serve as the foundation for future initiatives. It is their duty to perpetuate these discussions, delve into uncharted territories within the digital economy, and utilize their insights to improve society.

Additionally, she emphasized the importance of upholding the principles of decentralization, automation, and platforms in line with D3's ethos. Navigating the dynamic digital landscape requires a steadfast dedication to these values. She expressed her belief that by working collectively, we possess the capability to instigate significant transformations, bridge disparities, and establish a path towards a more promising future enriched by digital advancements, particularly for developing economies.

Professor Claire Macken, the Pro Vice-Chancellor and General Director of RMIT Vietnam, was honored to present the prestigious Best Paper Award. This recognition was captured in a captivating photo, which showcases Professor Macken's contribution to the event. The image is courtesy of RMIT, highlighting the significance of this accolade.

In November 2022, RMIT University introduced Digital3, an innovative approach to business education that aims to bridge the gap between industry and research in response to the evolving digital economy. This initiative seeks to address the changing dynamics of the rapidly expanding digital landscape.

Digital3 is dedicated to enhancing the skills of learners by providing impactful professional development opportunities. Our objective is to equip individuals with new and relevant skills, enabling them to actively engage in the digital economy with confidence. Additionally, we aim to empower learners with practical solutions that can be applied to real-world scenarios.

RMIT's latest endeavor is aimed at harnessing the collective expertise of its renowned research centers in Web3, a powerful amalgamation of cutting-edge digital technologies such as blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Virtual Reality. This new initiative seeks to leverage the knowledge from these centers known for their global leadership in the field.

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