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Monash University Engaging With Vietnam
VNU Engaging With Vietnam


30 Nov. - 1 Dec. 2010
University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University

Co-Organizing Partner

The Faculty of International Studies, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Hanoi


Monash University


Dr. Phan Lê Hà (Monash University) and A/Prof. Phạm Quang Minh (USSH, VNU, Hanoi)


Lê Thùy Linh


This second conference specifically focused on dialogues in social sciences, humanities and education. Following the first Engaging with Vietnam conference, which explored how knowledge about Vietnam has been constructed and reconstructed in the context of globalisation, mobility and transnationality, the second conference turned to consider how globalised social sciences and humanities are received, taught, applied and adapted in Vietnam and in studies about Vietnam. The main themes included but were not limited to the following:

  • Social sciences and humanities in Vietnam: Where are we in terms of studies and research?
  • Studying Vietnam from the outside through disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and education
  • Reforms, prospects and challenges in Vietnam’s Higher Education;
  • Vietnamese studies in the region and the world
  • Collaborations with Vietnam in responding to global change
  • Key issues in the field of economics and business in contemporary Vietnam

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Phan Le Ha Monash Engaging With Vietnam

Phan Lê Hà

Dr. Phan Lê Hà (Phan is the family name), is a Full Professor in the College of Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA. Professor Phan also holds adjunct positions at universities in Vietnam and Australia. Her expertise includes language-identity-pedagogy studies, knowledge mobility and production, TESOL, and international and higher education. She is the founder of Engaging with Vietnam, which since 2009 has brought together policy makers, researchers, and professionals working in a wide range of countries and organizations to engage with Vietnam-related scholarship from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives and approaches. She looks forward to your helping the Initiative to blossom and sustain itself as a continuing rigorous dialogue.

Phan Le Ha’s expertise, knowledge and experiences are largely informed by her work in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and North America. She has been supervising/advising research projects at Honours, Master’s and PhD levels on a wide range of topics, including identity studies, English language education in global contexts, transnational/offshore education, and the internationalisation of education more broadly.

Her publications can be found on:



Professor Phan is currently developing a new interest in engaging with the arts, the media and the digital world to produce multimodal multidisciplinary scholarship and to push research and knowledge production into new directions.

Vu Khoan Engaging With Vietnam

Former Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Khoan

Allaster Cox Engaging With Vietnam

His Excellency Allaster Cox

Former Australian Ambassador to Vietnam

Mr. Cox was most recently Assistant Secretary, Global Issues Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Overseas, he has served as High Commissioner in Brunei Darussalam (2001-04), Deputy Head of Mission in Kuala Lumpur (1998-2000), First Secretary, later Counsellor in Jakarta (1992-96) and Third, later Second Secretary in Brunei (1988-1990).

In Canberra, Mr Cox was Assistant Secretary, United States Branch (2006-07), Assistant Secretary, Asia, Americas and Trade Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2004-06), Director, Indonesia Section (1997-98) and Director, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Section (1996-97).

Mr Cox holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degrees from the University of Sydney. He joined the public service in 1987. Mr Cox is married and has two children. He speaks Indonesian and Malay.

Hoàng Anh Tuấn Engaging With Vietnam

Hoàng Anh Tuấn

Dr. Hoàng Anh Tuấn is an associate professor of history, chair of urban history, and vice rector (academic, graduate, intl. programs) at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Vietnam National University, Hanoi). He received his Bachelor’s (1999) and Master’s (2001) from VNU-Hanoi, Advanced Master’s (2002) and Doctorate (2006) from Leiden University (the Netherlands). He is the author of Silk for Silver: Dutch-Vietnamese Relations, 1637-1700 (Brill, 2007) and World Trade and Vietnamese Integration, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries (VNU Press, 2016), Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1350-1800 (Routledge, 2016, co-editor). His major research interests include early-modern Asian-European interactions; global history, and urban history.

Dr. Lê Đăng Doanh Engaging With Vietnam

Dr. Lê Đăng Doanh

Phan Văn Quế

Associate Professor Dr. Phan Văn Quế is Dean of the Graduate School of English Language Education, Hanoi University of Business and Technology (HUBT), Vietnam. Prior to this, Dr. Phan was Vice President (Academic Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of English and Modern Languages, Hanoi Open University. He was the Governing Board Member of Vietnam to SEAMEO SEAMOLEC from 2001 to 2011.

Phan Văn Quế is the recipient of several projects funded by the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam, including those in the areas of foreign language policy and distance education in Southeast Asian countries.

Phan Văn Quế sees himself as a mobile scholar. He received his education in Vietnam and Australia. His research areas embed mobility in many ways, including the research sites, nature of inquiry and knowledge flow. He has published in books, journals and has given many presentations at national and international conferences.

Philip Hirsch Engaging With Vietnam

Philip Hirsch

Dr. Philip Hirsch is a Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney and a research affiliate at Chiang Mai University. He specializes in natural resource management, rural change and the politics of environment in Southeast Asia. Phil has carried out engaged and collaborative research and written extensively on a range of natural resource governance, livelihood and development themes in the Mekong region. He has been working on and in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia since the early 1980s. Phil is fluent in Thai and Lao, and also speaks and reads passable Vietnamese and some Khmer.

Adam Fforde Engaging With Vietnam

Adam Fforde

Dr. Adam Fforde is one of the most widely cited authors working on contemporary Vietnam. He holds an honorary position at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne and is part-time Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University. He is also Chairman, Adam Fforde and Associates p/l. He studied Engineering and Economics at Oxford and then worked as an economic consultant in London before taking Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Economics at Birkbeck College London and Cambridge respectively. His PhD (1982) was about agricultural cooperatives in north Vietnam and he was a student at Hanoi University in 1978-79. From 1983-87 he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and since then he has combined academic and consulting work related to Vietnam and to development issues more generally. He worked for the Swedish-Vietnamese cooperation in 1987-92, and was a Senior Fellow at the SEA Studies Program, NUS, in 2000-2001. In Melbourne he has taught sessionally at Monash, Latrobe and the University of Melbourne. His most recent book on Vietnam is Vietnamese State Industry and the Political Economy of Commercial Renaissance: Dragon’s Tooth or Curate’s Egg? (Oxford: Chandos 2007). A book on development, Coping with Facts – A Skeptic’s Guide to the Problem of Development, will be published later this year by Kumarian Press. His current consultancies include studies of the Vietnamese civil service, educational socialization in Ho Chi Minh City and relationships between the environment, foreign trade and human development in various rural sectors in Cambodia.

Lê Thùy Linh

Dr. Lê Thùy Linh (PhD, Education, Monash University, Australia) has been a lecturer at Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE), Vietnam since 1999. She is currently the head of the English department at Baxter Institute and teaching TESOL at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has been actively involved in English language training and teacher education through her work with various professional development projects in Vietnam and Australia over the last 18 years. Her research interests include Teacher Education and Teacher Identity, Pedagogy and Assessment in TESOL, Professionalism in ELT, and recently Vocational Training and Education (VET).

Engaging With Vietnam

Michael Singh

Dr. Michael Singh is a Professor in the Centre for Educational Research (SoE) at Western Sydney University. His research focuses on post-monolingual education in languages and across the curriculum. Key areas of study include the business of English-only medium instruction and research, internationalising doctoral pedagogy, modes of critical thinking in Zhōng Wén, Tiếng Việt and English, post-English-only approaches to publishing research, research-oriented work-integrated service-learning, and researchers’ uses of their full linguistic repertoire for theorising. His recently co-authored books include Localising Chinese: Educating Teachers through Service-Learning (Palgrave Macmillan), Pedagogies for Internationalising Research Education (Springer), and Deschooling Learning: Young Adults and the New Spirit of Capitalism (Palgrave Macmillan).

Iftekhar Ahmed Engaging With Vietnam

Iftekhar Ahmed

Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed has worked in several countries including Bangladesh, Australia, Germany, India, UK and USA. He has worked extensively as consultant on human settlements and disaster risk management related projects for several international agencies including UNESCAP, UNDP, UN-Habitat, DFID, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), European Commission Humanitarian Assistance Office (ECHO), Architects Without Frontiers (AWF) and the Bill Gates Foundation (through Urbis). His work had been nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2004.

Dr. Ahmed taught at the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) during 1992-2004; designed the curriculum and worked as coordinator of the Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management at BRAC University, Bangladesh, which began in 2005, and has served as External Advisor since then. He worked at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand during 2006-07 and was responsible for managing the PROMISE (Program for Hydro-Meteorological Disaster Mitigation in Secondary Cities in Asia) projects in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. He also assisted in ADPC’s regional and national training courses, particularly the Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) course.

During 2009 Dr. Ahmed worked as Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia on assessment of post-disaster resettlement programmes. He is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia and involved in research on post-tsunami reconstruction in Aceh, Indonesia. He teaches courses on architectural design, urbanization and disaster risk management. Since 2008 he has been working at RMIT University, and presently employed full-time to conduct research on climate change adaptation in urban built environments in the Asia-Pacific region and particularly in Vietnam.

Dr. Ahmed completed his doctorate in 1999 from Oxford Brookes University, UK and Master of Science in 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. He graduated in 1987 in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India. He is a member of the Institute of Architects, Bangladesh as well as several other professional bodies. Iftekhar has written several books, professional reports and has many peer-reviewed publications to his credit.

Phan Trong Thuong Engaging With Vietnam

Prof. Phan Trong Thuong

Paul McShane Engaging With Vietnam

Paul McShane

Dr. Paul McShane is Chief Research Officer of the Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University. With post graduate qualifications in science and business Paul has held senior research management positions in Australia and in New Zealand. Further to this, he has worked extensively in South East Asia providing advice to governments on sustainable development of marine resources. He is currently responsible for developing and managing major multidisciplinary projects addressing sustainability issues (climate change, energy, water) nationally and internationally on behalf of Monash University.  In previous roles, Paul was managing director of Global Marine Resource Management Pty Ltd, Director of the Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Director of Australian Marine Science and Technology Ltd (AMSAT), Vice President (international and development) and Professor of Marine Science at the Australian Maritime College, research manager SARDI Aquatic Sciences, and program leader at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tran Hoang Nhi Engaging With Vietnam

Tran Hoang Nhi

Dr. Tran Hoang Nhi is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University. She recently developed a MONASH-style model of the Vietnamese economy and used it to analyse structural changes in the Vietnamese economy over the period 1996-2003. Since 2007 she has been working on several projects to build economic models and to conduct policy analyses for Vietnam. These include a UNDP-funded project to build a dynamic general equilibrium model for the Ministry of Finance, Vietnam, an AusAID-funded to build a model with extended labour market and income distribution for the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs, and a World Bank project to analyse the impacts of adaptation policies in Vietnam.

Dr. Tran has taught International Trade and Economics at the Ho Chi Minh City Open University and Fulbright Economic Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City. Prior to that she worked in a number of state-owned enterprises in various technical and business positions.

Ilana Synder Engaging With Vietnam

Ilana Snyder

Dr. Ilana Snyder is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her current position is Associate Dean Research. Ilana’s research has investigated the changes to social and cultural practices associated with the use of digital technologies and the implications for literacy education. Her most recent books are The Literacy Wars (2008), which examines the politics of the volatile media debates in Australia around literacy education and Closing the Gap in Education? (2010), co-edited with John Niewenhuysen, which explores the education of marginalised peoples and communities in southern world societies.

Bao Dat Engaging With Vietnam

Bao Dat

Dr. Bao Dat is a pedagogist, visual artist and song composer. He provides visual illustrations for textbooks and writes music as a hobby when life inspires. Dat lectures at Monash University and conducts research into creative pedagogy with implications in curriculum design. His recent book Understanding Silence and Reticence (Bloomsbury, 2014) reflects his view on how silence can sometimes become the most meaningful sound in the mind.

Anthony Welch Engaging With Vietnam

Anthony Welch

Dr. Anthony Welch is Professor of Education, University of Sydney. His numerous publications address reforms, principally within Australia and the Asia-Pacific. He has consulted to international agencies, governments, institutions and foundations. Project experience includes East and SE Asia, particularly in higher education. His work has been translated into numerous languages, and he has been Visiting Professor in the USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, and Hong Kong (China). A Fulbright New Century Scholar (2007-8), his most recent books are The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession (2005), Education, Change and Society (2007), and, [in Press] The Dragon and the Tiger Cubs (on China’s relations with SE Asia). His forthcoming book on SE Asian higher education will appear in 2010, he is a consultant to the ADB project on Asian Higher Education, and he directs the ARC project, The Chinese Knowledge Diaspora.

Thanyathip Sripana

Dr. Thanyathip Sripana

Jonathan Rigg Engaging With Vietnam

Jonathan Rigg

Dr. Jonathan Rigg is Professor of Geography at Durham University in the UK. He has worked since the early 1980s on development issues in Southeast Asia, focusing particularly on agrarian transformations and their impacts on poverty, inequality and livelihoods in Thailand, the Lao PDR and more widely across the region. He is the author of a number of books including An Everyday Geography of the Global South (London: Taylor and Francis, 2007), Living with Transition in Laos: Market Integration in Southeast Asia (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005), Southeast Asia: The Human Landscape of Modernization and Development (London: Routledge, 2003), and More Than the Soil: Rural Change in Southeast Asia (Harlow, Essex: Prentice Hall, 2001). He has recently edited a three volume reader: Southeast Asian Development: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences (London: Routledge, 2008) and, together with Peter Vandergeest, is currently coordinating a major re-study project examining trajectories of rural change across Southeast Asia.

Martin Hayden Engaging With Vietnam

Martin Hayden

Dr. Martin Hayden is Professor and Head of the School of Education at Southern Cross University.  He has published widely on higher education policy, with a focus on issues of governance and equity.  In 2005, he worked as a consultant on the Second Vietnam Higher Education Preparation Project, completing reports on the legislative and regulatory framework for higher education in Vietnam. In 2007, he worked as a consultant for UNICEF, completing reports on the implementation of the Education Law in the Lao PDR. In 2008, he was awarded an Australian Government Endeavour Executive Award, which enabled him to return to Vietnam for an extended period for data collection. Currently, he is Team Leader for a consultancy within the Second Higher Education Project with responsibility for the development of a master plan for Vietnam’s higher education system.

Grant Harman Engaging With Vietnam

Grant Harman

Dr. Grant Harman is an Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at the University of New England. His research interests are mainly in higher education policy and management, particularly from a comparative perspective. Since 2002, he has coordinated the University of New England joint masters degree program in educational management. He is Editor-in-Chief of the refereed journal, Higher Education, published by Springer in the Netherlands. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, UNESCO, IDP Education, SEAMEO RIHED, Australian Education International and the South African Vice-Chancellors’ Association. In 2005, he worked as a consultant on the Second Vietnam Higher Education Preparation Project. Currently, he is an international consultant within the Second Higher Education Project with responsibility for the development of governance structures for Vietnam’s higher education system.

Engaging With Vietnam

Pham Thanh Nghi

Dr. Pham Thanh Nghi is Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Institute of Human Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. He holds a Master of Educational Administration from the University of New England (Australia) and a PhD. from the Academy of Pedagogy, Russia. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1999-2000) and a Scholar of Japan Foundation at the University of Nagoya (2003-2004). He has published numerous articles on higher education management, with a focus on issues of quality assurance.

Past Conferences

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #9

HCMC, Bình Dương & An Giang

28 Dec. 2017-4 Jan. 2018

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #8

Honolulu, Hawaii

4–10 October 2016

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #7

Hanoi & Bắc Ninh

7-8 July 2015

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #6

Eugene, Oregon

5-7 November 2014

Thai Nguyen

16-17 December 2013


8-9 November 2012


4-5 December 2011

Engaging With Vietnam Conference #2


30 Nov.-1 Dec. 2010


23-24 February 2010