Fulbright University Vietnam announced Chris Malone, a Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), will join its board of trustees.

Chris’ engagement with Fulbright University Vietnam started when BCG first advised Fulbright’s business and operating model, helping strategize key decisions including long-term growth, its delivery model, and IT investments.

“At BCG, I am watching Vietnam’s industry and market opportunities transform. Vietnam needs a workforce that is entrepreneurial and strategic as the work itself evolves,” said Mr. Malone.

“I grew increasingly interested in Fulbright University Vietnam’s mission to prepare students for work in this dynamic landscape. I look forward to working with President Thuy and the rest of the board as we turn Fulbright’s mission into reality.”

Chris currently works in BCG’s office in Ho Chi Minh City. He joined the consulting firm in November 2015 bringing more than twenty years of experience working with government and business leaders in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

An established expert in the field of competitiveness and economic development, he advises on issues relating to economic growth, institutional transformation, and business strategy.

“I am glad to welcome Chris to the board. Working with him previously on our university’s design, I have seen how his strategic analysis skills tailored and refined our university’s development,” said President Dam Bich Thuy.

“Furthermore, Chris has shown how much he cares about our students’ futures, which I have seen by his commitment to our success.”

Dr. Kim Bottomly, Chair of Fulbright University Vietnam, added, “Innovative thinking is a central component for Chris’ work consulting in Vietnam. I welcome his addition to the board and his perspective that will help develop Vietnam’s first liberal arts university during these formative years.”

Chris obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford and attended the London School of Business’Executive Leadership Program.

Pamela Stacey has joined the Founding Faculty of Fulbright University Vietnam.

Pamela Stacey comes to FUV from RMIT University Vietnam, where she has worked as a Senior English Educator and Academic Skills Instructor since 2017.

At RMIT, Pamela supported first-year Vietnamese students in enhancing their English abilities and university skills both before and during their academic studies.

Before coming to Vietnam, Pamela taught an intensive English program at Kapiʻolani Community College and led a team of peer tutors and mentors in a learning support center at the University of Hawaiʻi.

She has also taught English in Seoul, Korea and in her home state, Michigan. 

Pamela completed her M.A. at the University of Hawaiʻi in 2014. While pursuing her graduate studies, she conducted her primary research in the area of interactional sociolinguistics (IS), a form of discourse analysis. In her work with learning support programs, she identified micro-behavioral “moves”, such as laughter, telling of narratives, pauses, and interruptions, that both tutors and tutees make in one-on-one reading and writing conferences.

These moves form one part of a larger picture that determines the success of one-on-one learning interactions.

During her M.A. studies, Pamela completed her teaching practicum at Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand, where she conducted research on collaborative writing projects and Thai student motivations and identities.

After receiving M.A. degree, she has continued researching in the area of academic writing development for university students.

Prior to her graduate studies, Pamela received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, where she first became interested in teaching language. 

Pamela also uses her teaching to create safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+. She views being out as a queer female teacher as an important step towards providing positive role models for queer youth.

In the past, she has used her connections to local queer communities and organizations to build bridges between her schools and these communities, to the benefit of both. She hopes to continue this work at FUV. 

I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Fulbright University Vietnam. For me, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in building a collaborative, challenging, and student-centered academic experience from the ground up.

This university represents an innovative approach to higher education not only in Vietnam, but in our world, and I am honored to be a part of it. 

“My first project at FUV will be getting the Co-Design Year English Bridge Program up and running. I cannot wait to meet this year’s Bridge Program students, to share with them all of my ideas for how we can best support them in this transition, and to listen to their ideas and feedback with an open mind.

I plan to build a community where the students support each other, collaborate together, and learn from and with each other.

Incoming Bridge Program students can expect to be asked to share their thoughts and experiences at every step, and in turn that these experiences will be received and responded to in order to make this program the best it can be. 

“Unlike traditional English Bridge Programs, I am planning a program that will not be an English-only environment. I bring my whole self to school, and I want my students to bring their whole selves too, including their first-language knowledge.

Research supports the idea that students learn language best when they are invited to integrated their new language, English, with their mother tongue in meaningful ways, instead of being asked to leave it behind at the classroom door.

Of course, certain activities, for example where speaking in English is the main purpose, will necessarily be conducted in English.

However, during other activities, for example where producing a collaborative written text is the purpose, students may be invited to discuss and negotiate together in Vietnamese (or other mother tongue).

I ask that students keep an open mind and reflect on how they themselves learn best – this program will be quite different from all their English-learning experiences so far!

Dr. Nguyen Hop Minh and Dr. Ian Kalman have joined the Founding Faculty of Fulbright University Vietnam.

Dr. Nguyen Hop Minh lived in the Old Quarter of Hanoi until he moved with his family to Ho Chi Minh City and completed his first degree in Civil Engineering from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in 2002. After some industry experiences, he embarked on a rather unexpected long journey overseas 15 years ago.

After completing the Masters program at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, he realized there is much more to learn and he continued with a PhD at Saitama University in Japan, which he followed with a research and teaching fellowship at the University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom.

His work at UCL led him to another opportunity to join Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan as a founding faculty in one of the most ambitious international university development projects in recent years.

“During my 15 years of studying and teaching in different countries, I have been comparing the educational models in Vietnam and in other countries and it is my observation that while Vietnamese students are usually hard-working and eager to learn, we may lack training in critical thinking and are not used to thinking independently as active learners.

What the Vietnamese students need is a cultivating environment where students are encouraged to learn deeply for themselves and know how to plan, evaluate, and improve their performance as a routine process not just in the university but also in whatever endeavours they pursue,” Dr. Nguyen Minh shared.

“With this ideal education environment in mind, I find the establishment of the Fulbright University Vietnam with its liberal arts education model an excellent opportunity to develop an innovative learning environment where Vietnamese students will be able to work together and educate themselves to become effective professionals and more importantly to become independent thinkers and free persons.

I consider myself so lucky when I was offered a dream job to be part of the FUV team, and I am so excited looking forward to working with the staff and students who share the same vision and commitment to the higher education in Vietnam.

Ian Kalman comes to FUV from the Department of Political Science at Western University, where he holds a postdoctoral fellowship in Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Relations.

He has a PhD in Anthropology from McGill University and is an affiliated member of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology’s Department of Law and Anthropology. 

Ian’s work looks at interactions between state officers and indigenous peoples, with special attention to law, governance, and borders. He is especially interested in the ways in which law and rights are experienced and framed in face to face interactions. 

Prior to his post-graduate studies, Ian earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer and English teacher in China, Ukraine, and Turkey.