9th Conference

Dr. Michael S. Bruno

Michael S.

Michael S. Bruno University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Michael S. Bruno, PhD, is the Vice Chancellor for Research and interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Prior to his appointment, he was the Dean of the School of Engineering and Science, and Professor of Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. He was also the Director of the Center for Maritime Security, a Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence. Dr. Bruno is a Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering at University College London. His research and teaching interests include ocean observation systems, maritime security, and community resilience. He is the author of more than 100 technical publications in various aspects of these fields. He has served on numerous advisory committees and boards, including Chairing the Marine Board of the National Academies; the Ocean Research Advisory Panel; the Naval Research Advisory Committee, and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Coastal Zone Community of Practice. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering. A Fulbright Scholar (1996 appointment at the Aristotle University, Greece), Dr. Bruno is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1991, and the Outstanding Service Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1988. Dr. Bruno holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD degree in Civil and Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering.

Keynote speaker
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Dr. Ngô Tự Lập

Tự Lập

Ngô Tự Lập was born in Hanoi in 1962. He earned his first University Degree, in Navigation, in the USSR (1986), and then served in Vietnam Navy as captain of a landing ship. In 1990, he entered the Hanoi Law College, from which he graduated in 1993. After a short time working in the Military Supreme Tribunal, he became a literary editor of the Army Publishing House, then the Hanoi Publishing House, and has worked for several newspapers. In 1996, he earned his Master Degree in Literature in Paris. From 2000 to 2003, he was director of the Inco Development Research Institute (IDRI) in Hanoi. Ngô Tự Lập got his PhD at the Illinois State University in 2006 and began to work at the International School – Vietnam National University as lecturer then Dean of the Department of Social Sciences, Humanities and Economics. A member of the Vietnam Writers' Union and Hanoi Writers' Association, he is also a song writer, a translator of Russian, English, French, and the first director of the Phan Châu Trinh Culture Foundation. Currently, he is Director of the International Francophone Institute (Hà Nội). 
Ngô Tự Lập has published about 30 books (fictions, poems, essays, and translations from Russian, French and English). He won seven prizes for his writings. Some of his works were translated into English, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Czech, and Thai.
Significant books:
1. “To the One Who Kindled the Fire” (Tặng người nhóm lửa, co-author, with Ngô Minh Thủy), poems, Văn Hóa, H., 1991.
2. “The Universe and I” (Thế giới và tôi), Poems, (in Vietnamese & French), Văn Hóa, H. 1997. Re-edited in 2000 with original illustrations by Dominique de Miscault; Re-edited in 2001 as a chapbook in “A l'index”, Bibliotheque Condordet, Montivilliers (France).
3. “The Night Flight in June” (Chuyến bay đêm tháng sáu), Poems, with illustrations by the author’s 8 year old son Ngô Tự Thành, Văn Hóa, H. 2000.
4. “Farewell to the Desert Island” (Vĩnh biệt đảo hoang), fictions, Văn Hóa, H. 1991.
5. “The Fifteen-day Month” (Tháng có 15 ngày), fictions, Hanoi Publishers, H. 1993, re-edited in 1994. Prize of the Hanoi Publishing House.
6. “The Season of Eagles” (Mùa đại bàng), Fiction, Công An, H. 1995.
7. “Sleep-Walking and Other Short Stories” (Mộng du và những truyện khác), fictions, Văn Học, H. 1997, re-edited in 1998, 2001, and 2004.
8. “The Strange Sleep of Lương Tử Ban” (Giấc ngủ kỳ lạ của ông Lương Tử Ban), fictions, Hội Nhà Văn, H. 2005.
9. “The Flights of Labyrinth” (Những đường bay của mê lộ), essays, Hội Nhà Văn, H. 2003.
10. “Japan - The Country, People and Literature” (Nhật Bản - đất nước, con người, văn học), (with Ngô Minh Thủy), Văn Hóa, H. 2002.
11. "The Wisdom of Limits" (Minh triết của giới hạn), essays, Hội Nhà Văn, H. 2005.
12. “The Thermometer of Soul” (Hàn thử biểu tâm hồn), essays, Hội Nhà Văn, H. 2008.
13. “Literature as Allusion Processing” (Văn chương như là quá trình dụng điển), Monograph, Tri Thức, H. 2008.
14. “The Face of Others” (Gương mặt kẻ khác), essays, Phụ Nữ, H. 2008.
15. "Femmes des années soixante (I et II)", poems, Pascale Chevalier, Les Arêtes éditions, La Rochelle, 2008.
16. “Black Stars”, Poems, Milkweed, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-57131-459-8. The book was nominated for 2014-PEN prize for poetry in translation.
 17. "Une tempête hors saison", nouvelles, Fremillerie, France, 2014. 
18. “Translation and Song Lyrics Translation” (Dịch và dịch ca từ), Monograph, Vietnam National University Press, H. 2016.
19. “Sea Stories” (Truyện biển khơi), Fiction, Kim Đồng, H. 2017. 

Keynote speaker
International Francophone Institute (Hà Nội)

Dr. Jamie Gillen


Dr. Jamie Gillen has been an assistant professor of geography at the National University of Singapore since 2011.  His primary research and teaching is focused on tourism in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Vietnam. Jamie published a short book in 2016 that summarizes his research on the intersection of entrepreneurialism and tourism in Vietnam. Vietnam is also the centerpiece of other recent publications on topics like the urban-rural binary, the various uses and symbolisms of the motorbike, and the tools used to undertake fieldwork. His current projects include collaborative studies on Asian smallholders and Asian futurities.

Keynote speaker
National University of Singapore

Dr. Nguyễn Tô Lan

Tô Lan

Nguyen To Lan has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Sino-Nom Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences since 2004 and as a senior researcher since 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Linguistics and Literature in 2003 and then a Master's in the same major in 2006 from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University (Hanoi), and a Bachelor of Chinese Linguistics from the University of Languages and International Studies, VNU in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Literature from the Graduate Academy of Social Sciences in 2012.

From September 2010 to June 2011, she received an ASIA Fellows Award to carry out a comparative study of Vietnamese traditional performance and Cantonese Opera in China. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in the academic year 2013 - 2014 and a Coordinate Research Scholar in 2015. Before starting her second research in the USA, she was a Guest Scholar at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University in October 2014. She was awarded a scholarship from American Council for Learned Studies (The Robert H.N Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies) for a collaborative project (2015 competition year).

She has given lectures at universities in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and the USA on the interactive relationship between Vietnam and China from Buddhist literature, performance studies, and religious practices aspects.

Keynote speaker
Institute of Sino-Nôm Studies (VASS)

Dr. Nguyễn Hoàng-Yến




Hoàng-Yến Nguyễn, PhD
Hoang-Yen Nguyen is a lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, and a member of the Office of Research and Project Management, Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam. She graduated from National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan, with PhD and Master Degrees in Chinese Literature in 2015. Her field of expertise is comparative literature and culture between Vietnam and China, Vietnamese Chinese and Vietnamese Chinese-written literature. She is currently doing research on the literature and culture exchanges between Vietnam and China during 18th, 19th century, and focuses on Vietnamese envoys' works and documents, as well as the Vietnamese Chinese in contemporary Vietnam.
Research and Teaching Interests
Classical Chinese literature, especially Chinese literature in Ming and Qing dynasty,
Comparative literature and culture between Vietnam and China,
Vietnamese Chinese-written literature 域外漢籍,
Vietnamese envoys’ works 越南使節文學,
Vietnamese Chinese,
Chinese languages skills.

Featured speaker
USSH, Vietnam National University HCMC

Dr. Ngô Phương Lan

Ngô Phương

Phuong Lan Ngo, PHD, is an anthropologist and vice president of University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University - HoChiMinh City. Her researches focus on environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, cultural ecology and livelihood.
Among her many works, “From Rice to Shrimp: the behavior of reducing risks and exploiting social capital of  in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam” is an important scientific work in economic anthropology and economic development of Vietnam. The research, which is based on long-term field-work data and harmonious combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis, not only clarifies the strategy to distribute and minimize risks of farmers in the Mekong Delta, but also determines the role of social networks or social capital in this strategy. She is currently working in a new interesting research of developing tourism in An Giang provine.
Lan’s expertise and knowledge contribute very much for her leadership. In being responsible for scientific management, she has been establishing and maintaining the parnership between USSH and the universities of ASEAN, and the cooperation with foreign partners to carry out the research activities. Moreover, she has been running The Center for Rural Development, which has the funtion of organizing research programs and applicable projects in rural development.
For more information about her researches, please visit the Faculty of Anthropology’s website:
Facebook contact: https://www.facebook.com/ngophuonglan

Featured speaker
USSH, Vietnam National University HCMC

Prof Dr. Võ Văn Sen

Võ Văn

Dr. Võ Văn Sen, President of University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of History. He is also a member of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council, Council of Sustainable Development of HCM City, and Council of Universities in HCM City, and a standing member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Vietnamese Historians.
In 1992, Võ Văn Sen held a visiting fellowship at Harvard University (USA) and had the opportunity to learn more about historiography and up-to-date teaching methods. In 1998, he worked as a visiting lecturer at Faculty of Foreign Languages and Asian Studies, Nagoya University of Commerce & Business Administration (Japan). His primary research is about Vietnamese history, political science and contemporary social issues. His best known works include “The Issues of Land Tenure in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam”, “The Development of Capitalism in South Vietnam (1954-1975)”, “History of Vietnam (1945-1975)” (joint authored), and “Thoai Son on the Way of Sustainable Development” (joint authored), among others.
As the President of a flagship university, Dr. Võ Văn Sen has been leading with a strategic vision. Under his leadership, USSH has built a responsive, flexible and autonomous system of governance and management. President Võ Văn Sen has been continuously working to enhance the system to promote high quality teaching, learning and research.
Facebook contact: https://www.facebook.com/vansen.vo.3

USSH, Vietnam National University HCMC

Châu Dương Quang

Chau Duong

Chau Duong Quang
Quang is a doctoral student of the Department of Educational Policy & Leadership, SUNY at Albany, concurrently a research assistant at The Program for Research on Private Higher Education (PROPHE). He holds a master degree in Higher & Professional Education from the UCL Institute of Education, UK. His main research interest is higher education, especially private higher education, including the traditional non-profit sector, the growing for-profit sector and even corporate universities. A newcomer to academic study, Quang has been involved in various youth development initiatives and volunteer undertakings. Indirectly these activities have stimulated his interest in higher education in Vietnam.

Featured speaker
SUNY at Albany

A/Professor Dr. Emmanuelle Peyvel


Emmanuelle Peyvel is an Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Brest. Since 2005, her research deals with the development of tourism and leisure in Việt Nam. Between 2005 and 2007, she obtained a Lavoisier scholarship from the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs that allowed her to live 2 years in Hà Nội. In 2008, she completed her Vietnamese training at the INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations, Paris). In 2009, she defended a PhD thesis on domestic tourism in Việt Nam. Today, she’s focused on the role of recreative mobilities in the construction and the globalization of Vietnamese cities. As a member of the Institute of East Asian Studies (Lyon), she’s part of the Virtual Saigon research program. She teaches Tourism Studies in France and Việt Nam as a member of the AUF network.

Featured speaker
University of Brest

Dr. Ly Pham


 Dr. Ly Thi Pham is known as an independent expert in higher education studies, who has experiences in both public and private sectors in tertiary education. She was a Fulbright scholar in Pratt Institute, New York, USA in 2008 and has been invited to speak at several national and international conferences. Dr Ly Pham’s fields of expertise are educational policies, university governance and international education. She serves as editor for three monthly publications on international education in Vietnam, as well as a reviewer for Studies in Higher Education (Australia). She is currently Dean of Research Program at International Education Institute, a self-financed organization affiliated to Vietnam National University HCMC and Director of Center for Higher Education Evaluation and Research at Nguyen Tat Thanh University (www.cheer.edu.vn/en). She has been recently appointed Member of National Committee for Education and Human Resource Development by the Primary Minister of Vietnam. Most of her writing can be accessed at her own website: www.lypham.net.
Tiến sĩ Phạm Thị Ly được biết tới như một người nghiên cứu độc lập về giáo dục ĐH, một người có kinh nghiệm trong cả khu vực công và khu vực tư của giáo dục đại học ở Việt Nam. Bà từng là Học giả Fulbright năm 2008 ở Trường Đại học Pratt, New York, Hoa Kỳ, và tham gia nhiều hội thảo trong nước cũng như ngoài nước với tư cách diễn giả. Lĩnh vực quan tâm của bà là chính sách giáo dục, quản trị đại học và giáo dục quốc tế. Bà làm biên tập cho ba bản tin về giáo dục quốc tế ở Việt Nam, đồng thời là người bình duyệt cho Tập san Studies in Higher Education và tập san The Asia-Pacific Educational Researcher. Hiện nay bà là Giám đốc Chương trình Nghiên cứu của Viện Đào tạo Quốc tế, ĐH Quốc gia TPHCM và Giám đốc Trung tâm Nghiên cứu và Đánh giá Giáo dục ĐH, Trường ĐH Nguyễn Tất Thành, Việt Nam. Bà vừa được Thủ tướng bổ nhiệm Ủy viên Hội đồng Giáo dục Quốc gia và Phát triển Nguồn Nhân lực nhiệm kỳ 2016-2021. Hầu hết các bài viết của bà có trên trang web cá nhân www.lypham.net.

Featured speaker
Nguyễn Tất Thành University & VNU HCMC
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