TVU Announces the Establishment of the Faculty of Foreign Languages


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TRA VINH, 12.3.2014 – Tra Vinh University (TVU) recently announced the establishment of the Faculty of Foreign Languages effective March 1. The Faculty, which is currently housed within the TVU School of Medicine and Pharmacy, was detached from the Faculty of Economics, Law and Foreign Languages to establish itself as an independent faculty.

Mr Le Van Don (left), Vice Rector and Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam
“The establishment of the Faculty of Foreign Languages reflects the growth in the professionally qualified faculty members,’ said TVU Vice-Rector Le Van Don.

“The new Faculty also reflects the University’s commitment to foreign languages education, especially the English language, which today has become a global language,” added Mr Le Van Don.

TVU Management Board also announced the appointment of Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam as the new Dean, and Dr Ho Dac Tuc as new Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, effective immediately.

The announcement was made by Vice Rector Le Van Don and Deputy Head of Administration Department Ms Tran Kim Anh.

Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam has authored book and co-authored several scholarly articles. She obtained a Master of Arts in TESOL from the University of Canberra followed by a Ph.D. in the English Language and Literature from the University of Amsterdam.

Her research interests include language acquisition, writing across cultures, and literary engagement.

Dr. Phuong Nam received the The Netherlands Nuffic Fellowship in 2008 and as a senior scholar in 2012. She also received the Mekong 1000 Project Scholarship for the period of 2008-2012, and the Vietnam Young Academics Award for 2003-2004.

Prior to taking the new position, Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam was Deputy Dean of Faculty of Economics, Law and Foreign Languages, and Head of Foreign Languages Department.

Over the past years the Department has steadily risen in its significance at TVU as the University pursues its national standing as a qualified English testing center recognised by international language testing body Cambridge Assessment.

“While still relatively small in size, the percentage of our internationally qualified faculty members would rank TVU among the nation’s top English faculties,” Dr Phuong Nam said. “Our new faculty remains committed to quality teaching and scholarship with the pursuit of knowledge and real-life skills as its primary mission.”

Dr Ho Dac Tuc comes to TVU after more than 20 years serving both in the public and private sectors in Australia and Southeast Asian Nations.

“TVU is fortunate to welcome such an impressive deputy dean,” said Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam. “Dr Ho Dac Tuc has distinguished himself throughout his academic career not only as distinguished author but also as a teacher and mentor committed to educational excellence.”

Dr Ho Dac Tuc has published widely both in English and Vietnamese. Prior to joining the University in early 2013, he held leadership positions in academic relations and development at The International School Ho Chi Minh City and British International School. He had previously served as team leader of the World Bank’s Vietnam Higher Education Project in Ha Noi. Over the past two decades he has served in the Australia’s Victorian Government, taught language-related subjects at Deakin University (Australia), and a research associate at Monash University Department of Linguistics.

“The establishment of the Faculty underscores how the University has expanded its faculty members over the years to include internationally recognised experts in their fields,” said Dr Ho Dac Tuc. “The faculty now has over 20 full-time faculty members who bring together expertise from many English speaking countries.”

“We are young and creative, like our students. But our faculty members are diverse,” Dr Ho Dac Tuc added.

Along with these changes, a new Student Career Center is also established in the University to help students determine and fulfill their career goals.

Tra Vinh University (often referred to as TVU) is a public university located in the city of Tra Vinh, a beautiful green city of trees, parks, rice fields, and rivers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. TVU has grown from Tra Vinh Community College and earned the university status in 2006. More than 20,000 students are currently enrolled in TVU’s 12 faculties. The newly established Faculty of Foreign Languages currently offers accredited English undergraduate degrees as well as minor in English to over 8,000 students from around the Mekong Delta.