Duong Van Thanh, EdD, Academic Director
Duong Van Thanh earned an MA in public affairs and a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Through work at Vietnam’s Ministry of Education in Hanoi, Thanh developed alternative educational models for students in rural Vietnam, led cross-cultural professional exchanges (both in Vietnam and the US), and worked with high-level officials on public policy development. Thanh also has considerable experience in student affairs in cross-cultural settings, including work conducted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Thanh served as academic director of and senior lecturer for SIT’s Vietnam: Cultural and Natural Ecology in the Mekong Delta program from spring 2005 to fall 2007. She has been the academic director of the SIT Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development program, based in Ho Chi Minh City, since spring 2008. Thanh also has served as the representative of the World Learning branch in Vietnam since 2008. She has a strong network of colleagues and contacts throughout the country. In recent years, Dr. Duong has attended numerous international workshops in the US and in Vietnam and presented her reports on enriching study abroad programs through community service projects, peer learning, and cross-cultural learning. She also presented at the 2014 COTSEAL Conference at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and at the 2015 GUAVA Conference at the University of Los Angeles.
Tran Linh, Office Manager
Tran Linh obtained a BA in international business from the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City (UEH), Vietnam. She has been an active member of the Bell Club, which promotes community service and English language practice among students at UEH. In the role of office manager, Linh supports the academic director in arranging and administering the program’s many components, including orientation and educational excursions in Ho Chi Minh City. She also assists with general office management and administrative work.
Dinh Vy, Homestay Coordinator
Dinh Vy arranges all aspects of the students’ homestay experiences and also lends other programmatic support. She graduated from the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City with a BA in tourism management.
Key faculty for this program include:
Bui Tran Phuong, PhD
Dr. Bui Tran Phuong is the president of Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City. She was born in 1950 to a family of teachers. She inherited the virtues of an educator from her family members and has followed in their footsteps. She graduated from a French high school program at the level of “Standard of Excellence” and then moved to Paris in 1968 to attend college. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Paris I University in 1972, a master’s degree from Paris VII University in 1994, a master’s degree in business administration from United Business Institutes (Belgium) in 2003, and, in 2008, she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Vietnam 1920–1945, Gender and Modernity: The Emergence of New Perceptions and Experience,” at Lyon 2 University in Lyon, France.
Dr. Bui has taught at Marie Curie High School in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho University, Pedagogy University of Ho Chi Minh City, and Hoa Sen University. She has held the following positions: head of the French Language Department, head of the Office Management Department, and vice president in charge of international affairs.
She has served as president of Hoa Sen University since 1996. In this role, Dr. Bui has set in place several plans to develop the university into a sustainable institution. As a result of the process of enhancing the school’s scale and educational quality, Hoa Sen has grown from an occupational training school into a university.
Dr. Bui considers her largest and most meaningful achievement the gathering of educators from diverse backgrounds who have dedicated their lives to education; many of them are also entrepreneurs, foreign professors, Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese), and young graduates from overseas institutions. Her research projects have focused specifically on Vietnam’s contemporary and cultural history and on the history of Vietnamese women.
Dr. Bui is a core faculty member for SIT Study Abroad in Vietnam. She has lectured on gender and social change for SIT students and has led interactive discussions between SIT and local students at Hoa Sen University.
Pham Quoc Loc, PhD
Dr. Pham Quoc Loc is currently serving as the vice president of Hoa Sen University. Prior to holding this position, he was the dean of Culture, Languages, and Tourism at Hoa Sen University. Dr. Pham earned his PhD in comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011. His research interests include translation theories and issues of gender in cultural studies and postcolonial studies. He has taught courses on international literatures, the Vietnam War in film and literature, and translation theories both in the United States and in Vietnam. His projects include translations of Judith Butler’s Frames of War (Verso, 2009) and Edwin Gentzler’s Translation and Identity in the Americas (2009). His article “Western Others and Other Westerns” appeared in the volume Re-Engendering Translation edited by Christopher Larkosh (St. Jerome, 2011).
Dr. Nguyen Luu Bao Doan
Dr. Nguyen Luu Bao Doan (Doan Nguyen) is the director of International Relations at Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh City, where he also teaches in the general education program. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in the graduate program of development economics at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City (UEH).
Dr. Nguyen’s areas of teaching and research include land use policies, urban economics, and innovation for inclusive development. He has published in Urban Studies, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Economic Development Quarterly, and Vietnamese Journal of Urbanism. His current project is to work with Disability Research and Capacity Development Center (DRD) IT faculty and students to develop a phone app that provides accessibility maps to people with disabilities. The project is under consideration for funding by the Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Nguyen obtained his doctorate in urban and regional planning and design from the University of Maryland and a master’s in public affairs from Indiana University.
Nguyen Trong Hoài, PhD
Dr. Nguyen Trong Hoài is the vice rector at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City. He is also the co-instructor for the University of Economics’ case studies for policy analysis course in the summer term, for the analytical methods course in the fall term, and for development finance in the spring term. He holds a PhD and an MA in economics from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka (Dutch–Sri Lanka Program). He also holds a BS in national economy planning from the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City.
Nguyen Xuân Thành
Mr. Nguyen Xuân Thành is a lecturer of public policy as well as the director of public policy programs at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP) in Ho Chi Minh City. In the fall semester, he teaches financial analysis and economic development; during the spring semester he teaches a course on the appraisal of development expenditures. His recent research focuses on the regulation and finance of infrastructure. Before joining FETP, Mr. Nguyen spent six years at the Ho Chi Minh City Institute for Economic Research as a research fellow in local economic development. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; an MSc in economics and finance from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; and a BA in economics from the University of Delhi, India.
Duong Ngoc Dung, PhD
Dr. Duong Ngoc Dung holds a PhD in religious studies from Boston University (2001) and an MBA from UBI, Brussels (2008). He obtained a master’s degree in East Asian history from Harvard University (1995) after receiving a scholarship from the Harvard-Yenching Institute. He also holds a graduate diploma in education (TESOL) from Canberra University in Australia and a BA in English literature from the University of Ho Chi Minh City. Since 2008, Dr. Duong
Ngoc Dung has been a professor of business management (UBI, Vietnam) and a professor of international relations (USSH, Ho Chi Minh City). From 2001 to 2007, he served as professor of Asian religions and Oriental studies (USSH, National University, Ho Chi Minh City). He was also appointed the head of the East Asian Studies Department (2001–2004) and head of the Indian Studies Department (2004–2007) at the University of Ho Chi Minh City.
Le Thanh Sang, PhD
Dr. Le Thanh Sang is currently associate professor and vice director of the Southern Institute of Sustainable Development at the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. He is a member of the advisory committee for the council’s Vietnam population health study of the Social Sciences Research Council of America.
His research interests are in demography, social inequality, gender, and environment impacts. Specifically, Dr. Le has focused on urbanization, migration, social structures, and policies and their effects on inequality in occupational status, income, and accessibility to education and healthcare in rural and urban areas. Since 2008, Dr. Le has been interested in studying climate change and sustainable development.
Duong Van Ni, PhD, Lecturer at Can Tho University
Dr. Duong Van Ni is the former director of Hoa An Research Biodiversity and Community Development at Can Tho University. Dr. Duong earned his PhD at Royal Holloway College, London University, UK (2000). His field of research was wetland ecology; his dissertation was titled “Developing a practical trial for wetland ecology restoration based on biophysical and socio-economic functions of Melaleuca cajuputi at the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.” His areas of expertise include social-economic assessment, decision support systems, integrated intensive agriculture and wetland conservation, and rural development.
Dr. Duong has rich teaching and research supervision experience including in the areas of rural development and natural resources conservation.
Le Dinh Bich, Lecturer at Can Tho University
Le Dinh Bich is currently a professor at the School of Education at Can Tho University. He earned his MA in Russian, and he has been teaching cultural studies at Can Tho University since early 1990. He is a songwriter, and his research interests include traditional music of Vietnam, particularly Don ca Tai Tu, a southern music genre in the Mekong Delta. His areas of expertise include Southeast Asia cultural studies, religions, and music development in Vietnam.
Dana R. H. Doan, Consultant and Advisory Board Member, LIN Center for Community Development
At the LIN Center for Community Development, Dana is largely responsible for advising the leadership team on LIN’s strategic plan and fundraising efforts to support its implementation. In this role, she also serves on the advisory board of Working with Others, a small grant scheme introduced by Saigon Children’s Charity to support not-for-profit groups addressing the needs of children with disabilities.
Prior to joining LIN, Dana worked with the US-Vietnam Trade Council and Education Forum as an international trade policy analyst. In that role, she organized and facilitated technical assistance programs and bilateral meetings and events for officials representing the US and Vietnamese governments, US companies, and the international trade and aid community. From 2004 until 2009, Dana served as a member of the AmCham–United Way Vietnam Allocation Committee (in a pro bono capacity), annually evaluating grant applications by charitable organizations seeking program funds.
Before moving to Vietnam in 2001, Dana worked with the Metro Chicago Information Center as a strategy and development consultant to community development corporations, community banks, and nongovernmental organizations working to improve the quality of life in Illinois and throughout the United States. Dana also served as a business development volunteer, working with community banks, with the US Peace Corps program, working with members of community banks in Guinope, Honduras, from 1999 to 2000. She has also served as a grant evaluator at the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) and an advisory board member at AIESEC.
Dana received a master’s degree in public policy, with a focus on international economic development, from the Gerald R. Ford School at the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in history and Spanish from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In December 2010, she completed the NYU professional certificate program in grant making and foundations.
Dana is a native English speaker, fluent in Spanish, and at an intermediate level in Vietnamese.
Nguyen Van Sanh, PhD, Associate Professor
Dr. Nguyen Van Sanh is the director of the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute (MDI) at Can Tho University. He obtained his doctorate degree in policies for rural development at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Nguyen leads MDI with the mission of improving the quality of life of rural people and ensuring the socioeconomic and environmental sustainability of the Mekong Delta through collaborative education, research, and scientific consultancy as well as through local human resources capacity building. At MDI, he focuses on policies and responses to climate changes and sustainable farming systems. He serves on the committee for the International Master in Rural Development program, which has a consortium made up of five universities in EU countries and six universities in other countries. Dr. Nguyen has been an advisor for the Mekong River Commission on socioeconomic planning for the Mekong River Basin, the World Bank and the Environment Defense Fund on a project in Vietnam using rice farming to reduce the greenhouse effect, and for the Southern Steering Committee on regional approaches to development in the Mekong Delta. He is a lecturer for SIT and a guest speaker for the Central Economic Committee in Vietnam and for foreign teachers from Australia, Japan, the US, and ASEAN countries.
Jason A. Picard
Jason A. Picard earned an MA in Asian studies from Cornell University and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley. After serving as a volunteer in Vietnam, developing ESL curricula for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translating non-sensitive documents for the Commission for Party External Affairs, he worked for the next five years as an independent consultant translating for the Associated Press, CIEE, and other US companies. Dr. Picard went on to earn several language and research fellowships and taught courses at the University of California, Berkeley and in Vietnam. He is fluent in Vietnamese and has reading competency in French and Khmer. His research interests are Southeast Asia, migration, diaspora, Sino-Southeast Asian relations, Cold War Asia, communism, nationalism, Catholicism in Vietnam, state development, diplomatic history, social movements, the Vietnam War, and religion in Asia.