HINRICH SCHOLARSHIPRMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2022
Co-sponsor: RMIT University
CURRENT EMPLOYMENTRegional Senior Manager of Careers, Alumni & Industry Relations Department
RMIT University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
“The Master of Global Trade program is current and different from all the other postgraduate courses. That's what makes me want to be a part of this wonderful program.”
Manuela Spiga has more than 20 years of experience in education, communication and project management. She is the Regional Senior Manager of Careers, Alumni & Industry Relations Department at RMIT University in Vietnam. RMIT is a global university of design, technology and enterprise with more than 84,000 students. Established in 1887, RMIT ranks 250th in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, 21st in the Top 50 Universities Under 50 Years Old, and 8th in Australia.
Her responsibilities include implementing the strategic plan of the department in Southeast Asia, as well as helping students to develop employability and soft skills. Before moving to Vietnam, Manuela was a Career Service Manager at Istituto Marangoni in London. Previously, she was Head of Press Office for EVE PR Agency in Italy for eight years. She began her career as a Teaching Assistant at the European School of Trieste and International School of Trieste in Italy.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Media and Business Communication from the University of Trieste, Italy, in 2004.
My professional background is in international education, communication, project management and marketing. I have over 20 years of experience working for organizations with offices and colleagues located in different parts of the globe. I have studied, lived and worked in Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Colombia and, in the last six years, in Vietnam.
I am currently the Regional Senior Manager at RMIT University where I oversee three areas: career development, industry and alumni relations. I lead two teams between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and I am part of the Asian team with colleagues based in Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. I plan and consult with them, and deliver several projects in Southeast Asia.
The reason why I have joined the Master of Global Trade program is its uniqueness. It has been co-designed with managers, human resource directors, CEOs of industries across different fields from logistics to FMCG, consultancy and finance. The program is current and different from all the other postgraduate courses.
Furthermore, my peers represent some of the most successful businesses and/or international governmental institutions, such as the United Nations, European Union and World Bank. This gives me the chance to extend my professional network.
I strongly believe the MGT will support me to expand my knowledge of trade and commerce, upskill and equip me to be better prepared, and succeed at a higher position in my current company. It can also provide me with the fundamentals for a new future career journey in the global trade or logistics sector. It is an honor to have been awarded the HF scholarship.