General Education Program Faculty

ABOUT VINUNIVERSITY

VinUniversity is a newly developed, private, non-profit university in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was established by Vingroup with a mission to be the first world-class, internationally accredited and recognized university in Vietnam. VinUniversity has two overarching goals: to excel in teaching and to produce graduates and research that contribute to developing the key economic sectors of Vietnam.

The formation of the VinUniversity Project has resulted from the collaboration of Vingroup with Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Cornell provides academic consulting on Management, Engineering, and Technology; and Penn focuses on the Health Sciences disciplines. Both Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania are distinguished Ivy League institutions based in the United States of America. Cornell is involved in every aspect of the development of VinUniversity from infrastructure and campus planning to curriculum development and faculty hiring. Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business is providing extensive academic advisement in a variety of areas, drawing from a wealth of faculty expertise at multiple colleges and units at Cornell University. Penn’s medical and nursing schools are functioning in a similar fashion to guide the formation of health science education at VinUniversity and to interface with Vinmec, Vingroup’s outstanding health system, which currently encompasses 7 hospitals throughout Vietnam. VinUniversity aims to meet the 5-star rating standards of QS Stars and will include the following colleges within the University: a College of Business & Management (including Hospitality and Real Estate); a College of Engineering and Computer Science; and a College of Health Sciences. The University will be an English Medium Instruction (EMI) institution and plans to open for the inaugural class of students in Fall 2020.

 

ABOUT VINGROUP

Vingroup was established in Ukraine in 1993 by Vietnamese, who were living in the Ukraine. Upon its relocation to Vietnam, the venture officially became Vingroup Joint Stock Company in 2012. Vingroup’s mission is to create a better life for the Vietnamese people. In 2016 and 2017, Vingroup was recognized among the “Top 50 Most Valuable Brands in Vietnam” (by Brand Finance magazine). Today, Vingroup is one of the leading private enterprises in Vietnam, operating in eight core business areas, including real estate, retail, hospitality, education, agriculture, healthcare, heavy industry (starting with automobile manufacturing), and smart technology. In 2016, education and healthcare became not-for-profit value-based systems.

Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong is the founder and chairman of Vingroup, which has $3.97 billion USD in net revenue (2017) and a largest market capitalization value of $13.6 billion USD in Vietnam (2018). Chairman Vuong is a visionary and true patriot of Vietnam and firmly believes that education is the single biggest catalyst that can transform the destiny of an individual, a society, and a nation. His aspiration is to create a breakthrough in the Vietnamese education sector and to groom the next generation of leaders in the 21st century and beyond for Vietnam. 

 

GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

The General Education Program is the first home for all students enrolled at VinUniversity as they embark on a nuanced journey of self-discovery in a state-of-the-art tertiary education designed in collaboration with leading universities in the world, top minds in Vietnam and passionate stakeholders. In this sense, General Education at VinUni is essentially a “gateway” between past and future, theory and practice, and local and global. This is where students, faculty and staff collectively take the first step towards realizing VinUniversity’s mission of contributing to the betterment of Vietnam and the world.

Our General Education Program takes inspiration from the three principles of education reform, namely “dan toc” [nation], “khoa hoc” [science] and “dai chung” [people] put forth by Vietnam’s longest serving Minister of Education, the late Professor Nguyen Van Huyen, who strived to develop an education system to build a modern nation for all Vietnamese citizens in the trying times of post-independence Vietnam. 

For the betterment of Vietnam as a nation and to contribute to the world as members of the global community, General Education at VinUniversity begins with developing in each individual a conscientious and critical understanding of the self, Vietnam and the world. To develop a reflexive understanding of the self, we encourage students to step out of their comfort zone, self-cultivate an open mind and most importantly, to dare to dream! Yet, to be able to do so means developing a grounded and critical understanding of the past and present of Vietnam, how we understand ourselves and how others try to understand us, and finally, how we could together look to the future. To find our place in the world and to have a voice in how our future could be, General Education at VinUni is thoroughly infused with a global-local approach in the design of class-based courses and co-curricular programs. We approach the global with a view that “digital is the new global” and ask, “What are the possibilities we may uncover in the age of globalization underlined by digital infusion?”   

To fully explore possibilities of how the digital could change the world and help us fulfill the primary mission of VinUniversity, the General Education Program at VinUni aspires to become a model bona-fide interdisciplinary core curriculum in Vietnam. Taking onboard experiences in multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching from across the world and different intellectual traditions, we adopt a grounded but innovative approach in the design of courses in collaboration with faculty, students and relevant stakeholders in state and society. Serving as the core curriculum for all VinUni students, each course in the General Education Program is designed to plant the seeds that will help students ask “big questions” about past and present, to develop the capacity to learn new skills and to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Our co-curricular programs, planned in collaboration with a wide of range external stakeholders, extend beyond the initial year to take students out of the classrooms to fully reap the benefits of experiential learning.

The General Education Program is the place where you will encounter like-minded passionate and innovative academics who are devoted to education and grounded in interdisciplinary, socially engaged and global/digital research specialization.

To competently serve society with heart and mind, the General Education Program seeks to begin cultivating in each student six identified attributes, namely: Character, Competence, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and National Pride-Global Awareness. Right from the beginning, we encourage students to ask the questions, “what could you do for society” and “how would you go about actualizing your goals?” To enable students to be a part of VinUniversity’s founding mission, we seek to develop future leaders who take pride in their national heritage, are global minded, have character and possess an entrepreneurial spirit. The General Education Program is where this journey begins

Our inaugural cohort of students will begin school in the fall of 2020. The General Education Program at VinUniversity is recruiting passionate and innovative faculty members in all ranks, both full-time and visiting, in the following clusters:

Nomination for:

  • Distinguished Professors in Vietnam Studies.

Cluster A – English Communication & First Year Program

  • 6 Full-time positions for Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English for Academic Purpose (with a focus on Composition).  
  • Experience in teaching Academic English to Vietnamese students at university level is required.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Vietnamese is required.
  • Please include a writing sample in your application.
  • 1 Full-time Open Rank position and 1 Visiting Open Rank position in Social Work/Sports Science/Health & Well Being + Coordination/Teaching of First Year Experience Program.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Vietnamese is required.
  • Familiarity with Vietnamese government requirement for physical education in higher education curriculum will be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with teaching Vietnamese undergraduate students will be an advantage.

Cluster B – Vietnam: Culture & History

  • 1 Full-time Open Rank position and 2 Visiting Open Rank positions in Vietnam Studies with specialization in a combination of two or more of the following sub-fields: the Vietnamese Revolution, Ho Chi Minh Thoughts, Modern Vietnamese State Formation, Vietnamese Ethnography, and Cultural Studies.
  • Familiarity with classic/iconic works by Vietnamese academics such is required.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Vietnamese is required.
  • Familiarity with Marxism ideology in Vietnam (and China) will be an advantage.
  • Able to cross-teach with Cluster C or D will be an advantage.
  • Experience and/or enthusiasm in using content-based courses to improve students’ communication skills will be an advantage.

Cluster C – Politics & Social Change

  • 1 Full-time Open Rank position and 2 Visiting Open Rank positions in Vietnam Studies/Asian Studies with specialization in state-society relations in: a) Vietnam; b) Southeast Asia; and c) East Asia or South Asia.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Vietnamese and/or one Asian language in area of research specialization is required.
  • Able to cross-teach with Cluster B or D will be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with Marxism ideology in Vietnam (and China) will be an advantage.
  • Experience and/or enthusiasm in using content-based courses to improve students’ communication skills will be an advantage.
  • Experience in engaging with policy makers and societal stakeholders will be an advantage.

Cluster D – Global Political Economy

  • 1 Full-time Open Rank position and 2 Visiting Open Rank positions in Global Studies with specialization in political economy (broadly defined) and research focus in: a) Vietnam; b) Greater China; c) Southeast Asia.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Vietnamese and/or one Asian language in area of research specialization is required.
  • Able to cross-teach with Cluster B or C will be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with Marxism ideology in Vietnam (and China) will be an advantage.
  • Experience and/or enthusiasm in using content-based courses to improve students’ communication skills will be an advantage.
  • Experience in engaging with policy makers and societal stakeholders will be an advantage.

Cluster E – Philosophy, Science and Society

  • 1 Full-time Open Rank position and 2 Visiting Open Rank positions in Marxist Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and/or Sociology of Science.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Vietnamese will be an advantage.
  • Able to cross-teach with Cluster B or C will be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with works on Sociology of Science will be an advantage.
  • Experience and/or enthusiasm in using content-based courses to improve students’ communication skills will be an advantage.
  • Experience in engaging with policy makers and societal stakeholders will be an advantage.
  • 1 Full-time Open Rank position and 1 Visiting Open Rank position in Organization Behavior/Leadership Studies.
  • Will have to represent General Education Program in the university’s Leadership Education Framework.
  • Experience in non-university leadership positions will be an advantage.
  • Diverse teaching experience at the university level in Asia will be an advantage.
  • Candidates with a global mindset are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Have experience in teaching university level courses to students who are non-native English language learners.
  • 1 Full-time Open Rank position and 1 Visiting Open Rank position in Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
  • Will have to represent General Education Program in the university’s Entrepreneurship Education Framework.
  • Actual entrepreneurial experience, especially in Vietnam, will be an advantage.
  • Candidates with a global mindset are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Have experience in teaching university level courses to students who are non-native English language learners.

 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Full-time faculty members are expected to fulfill 3 major areas of responsibilities: teaching, research and service. Workload allocation will be based on faculty ranking and faculty track in alignment with international standards and practices.

1. Teaching:

  • Prepare detailed course syllabus and instructional materials of assigned courses based on the course descriptions provided.
  • Teach assigned courses including lectures/tutorials/seminars, homework assignments, labs, projects and student assessment.
  • Conduct short field trips, hackathons, study tours or non-class based activities as part of course requirements.
  • Supervise or assist with supervision of undergraduate students.
  • Lead or contribute to the production of blended learning materials (MOOC, COIL, Infographics, etc).

 

2. Research and creative works (for Senior Lecturers and above): 

  • Carry out research and produce publications, or other research outputs beneficial to society.
  • Lead or participate in collaborative research projects.
  • Obtain research funding support.
  • Organize or participate in conferences/seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes and building interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the university.
  • Engage with the wider scholarly, governmental and professional communities.

 

3. Service:

  • Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high quality curriculum.
  • Serve as academic mentors for students.
  • Participate in the administration of the university’s programs of study and other activities as requested.
  • Contribute to college and VinUni-wide working group or committees as requested.
  • Contribute to student recruitment activities as requested.

 

A number of selected senior lecturers will be sent to Cornell University for a 2-year training program to become assistant professors according to Cornell’s standards.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

  • For the rank of Assistant Professor and above, possess a doctorate degree in related fields from established prestigious universities.
  • A good role model for aspiring students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Have a strong knowledge of the specialized subject area combined with a broad academic background enabling contributions to the teaching program.
  • Have experience in or willing to apply innovative Teaching & Learning methods.
  • Have experience in teaching university level courses to students who are non-native English language learners.
  • An active, innovative and/or socially engaged research agenda for Senior Lecturers and above.
  • Passionate about education and excited about building a world class university in Vietnam.
  • Have experience in or excited about building a new university program will be an advantage.
  • Have experience beyond strictly, pure academic environment will be an advantage.

 

COMPENSATIONS

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, relevant qualifications and addressing specific criteria listed in respective positions, and (3) a short writing sample (published or dissertation chapter sample) to [email protected] . Consideration of candidates will occur on a rolling basis beginning May 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including the candidate’s contact information to the Search Committee. The desired position start date is between June 2019 and June 2020, subject to negotiation.

 

LIVING AND WORKING IN HANOI, VIETNAM

Accommodation: VinUniversity will provide an accommodation benefit in the compensation package and assist with accommodation options.

Working permit: VinUniversity will assist in establishing the paperwork needed for employment in Vietnam (visa, work permit, ID, driver’s license, insurance, etc.)

Child education: VinUniversity will assist in finding an excellent school for the employee’s children. There is a child education allowance if the children study at Vinschools.

Living costs: Vietnam has a comparatively low cost of living, and expatriates can live a very comfortable life in Vietnam with a moderate expenditure. 

 

PRESS

Cornell Chronicle >> https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/04/rohit-verma-named-provost-vietnams-vin-university  

Cornell Daily Sun >> http://cornellsun.com/2018/03/16/cornell-to-help-establish-university-in-hanoi-in-collaboration-with-vietnamese-company/

Vietnam Economic Times >> http://vneconomictimes.com/article/business/vingroup-partners-with-cornell-penn-universities

Vietnam News >> http://vietnamnews.vn/brand-info/426643/vinuni-creates-breakthrough-in-higher-education-quality.html#GGS8jf0qFgDupSrC.97

Penn News >> https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2018/september/penn-extends-its-global-reach-to-improve-health-care-education-and-quality-of-care-in-southeast-asia

Philadelphia Business Journal >> https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2018/09/12/penn-medicine-vietnam-vinuni-vinmec-global-health.html

VinUniversity >> https://vinuni.edu.vn