British University Vietnam, is committed to providing a world class education and learning experience for our students. Our 100% international faculty, brings together academics with extensive teaching experience as well as practitioner and research capabilities. Our faculty is recruited for their internationality and commitment to the whole learning experience within the classroom as well as developing skills to ensure all graduates are 100% prepared for a successful career.
Sir Graeme Davies
Christopher David Jeffery
UOL Programme Leader / Senior Lecturer
IBM / MM Programme Leader / Lecturer
Jun Alejo Bathan
AF Programme Leader / Lecturer
Ulas Basar Gezgin
F&E Programme Leader / Lecturer in Management
English Programme Leader / English educator
Quality Leader / Senior Lecturer in Management
Joseph Anthony Schurley
Jonathan Alexander Neale
Joey Lai Chong Yee
Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader Tourism Management
Sir Graeme completed his term of office as Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of London in September 2010, a post he took up in October 2003. He is now Emeritus Vice-Chancellor of the University, the first to be awarded this honour.
Previously he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow from 1995 to 2003. He was Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 1991 until 1995. As such he played a key role in the development of policies concerned with the contribution which higher education institutions make to economic development through teaching, research, and related activities, with particular emphasis on international developments in higher education including the utilisation of online resources.
He moved to the Funding Council from being Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 1986 to 1991. He was Professor of Metallurgy in the University of Sheffield from 1977 to 1986 having taken up that post after 16 years in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science in the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Fellow of St. Catharine's College. He was knighted in January 1996 for services to higher education.
An established academic leader, Chris carries out his responsibilities as Dean with knowledge gained from over 15 years management within programme, school and university environments. Having worked in over 50 countries, he has developed strong academic and business relationships and he has gained extensive insight into cultural sensitivity as well as best practice.
Chris made the move to Vietnam following a successful career heading the Executive MBA Programme at CASS Business School, one of the world’s top business schools. As he explains, “The 21st Century belongs to Asia and to have the opportunity to be involved in creating an international university, modern learning environment was an opportunity I could not turn down. I’m very proud of where we’ve come over the past 2 and a half years, and I’m very excited about the future for BUV, business, education and Vietnam as a country.”
Tony made the move to academia in 2006 after a prosperous 30 year career as a senior manager in sales and marketing in the ICT sector. With extensive professional experience in the many facets of business including development, sales, marketing, and operations Tony brings a wealth of knowledge to his classroom that he enthusiastically shares with his students.
An MBA graduate, Tony’s motivation for teaching comes from a deep and continuing interest in marketing, strategic management as well as the reward he feels when students make an intellectual connection for the first time. Tony is the programme leader for the Staffordshire University degrees. He teaches Strategic Management, Marketing, Advertising and PR. He also teaches on the Foundation Programme.
“I believe that students should be encouraged to take responsibility and ownership for their own learning and that my primary role is to energise, motivate, guide and act as one of their key learning resources”.
With more than 8 years teaching experience in Asia, Prabu works tirelessly to guide his students to a strong understanding of quantitative concepts and their practical use in the business world. Recognising that mathematics is not always loved by every student, Prabu says, “I especially love helping students who dislike mathematics realize the enormous role mathematics play in their everyday lives.”
Prabu has completed his Masters of Philosophy in Mathematics. He currently teaches Statistics and Mathematics on the Banking and Finance Programme of the University of London Programme, as well as Business Skills, Accounting and Quantitative Techniques on the Staffordshire University degrees. Prabu also teaches on Foundation.
Shashi, a Graduate in Masters of Arts in Economics, has 7 years’ experience of teaching courses of Finance and Economics to the students of Graduate and Undergraduate level in the top management institutes of Nepal.
He has also 5 years’ experience of working closely with the policy makers in the Capacity of Deputy Director in the Central Bank of Nepal. He is very active in research activities and has credit of 9 research articles published in reputed journals
“I always enjoy being with learners. For me, class-room is a workshop, where we interact, share and understand the things that help to transform knowledge into know-how.”
Jun is exceptionally energetic who projects a charisma that captures the imagination of students. He demonstrates excellent classroom management skills. He is also a business and operations consultant who is eager to bring students into the twenty-first century using a unique combination of education experience in teaching accounting. He volunteers for cooperative opportunities and helps the community through outreach program.
Jun, a graduate of Doctor in Business Administration and licensed teacher in the Philippines, has been teaching accounting for Vietnamese students since January 2009. He is a former senior BTEC lecturer of University of Sunderland in collaboration with Banking Academy of Vietnam, National Economics University, Academy of Finance and Nguyen Trai University. He has recently joined Staffordshire University and University of London team as an accounting lecturer. He teaches principles of accounting, financial accounting, advanced financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting, taxation and auditing.
“I am deeply dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching, as a means of creating and nurturing lifelong learning for students. I look forward to the time when I will bring my passion, enthusiasm, initiative and intelligence into my own classroom.”
Ulas Basar Gezgin is a full-time faculty at British University Vietnam as well as visiting Associate Professor of Applied Communication (Istanbul), a journalist, a social science researcher and an academic with 16 years of teaching experience in various institutions in Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
He holds degrees in education, psychology, cognitive science and urban planning and have published 13 books, e-books, and a high number of book chapters and journal articles in various fields, including “Strategic Management of ASEAN Economic Community: An Analysis of Strategic Change and Change Strategy” Among my most recent research papers are “Tourist Psychology and Sociology: A Case Study of Hoi An, Vietnam” and “The Uses of Social Media to Promote ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community in Vietnam”.
“Relevance is the key to student motivation. Thus teaching faculty needs to find ways to make the courses relevant to students. In this vein, I always use real-life examples, current events and news from the country. I incorporate some data into the course materials and they are used to regionalize, internationalize and accordingly contextualize the courses.“
Jasper has been teaching English for over five years, and holds a First Class degree in English Language from the University of Birmingham, a Cambridge DELTA, and is completing a Master’s Degree at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Jasper is an engaging and energetic teacher who strongly believes in encouraging students to think differently and approach challenges in new ways. He says that “teaching at BUV is rewarding because I get to see the students develop day by day. I believe in our university’s mission and I know that we’re truly educating the leaders of tomorrow.”
Mike’s philosophy towards teaching and learning revolves around the practical application of theory to business problems. It is now essential that students not only have an understanding of business concepts, but that they are able to apply this knowledge in real-world situations. He is committed to ensuring that students develop a critical eye when it comes to assessing ideas, and do not simply take things at face value.
Mike carried out his university studies at The University of York, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Management and a PhD in Operations Management. His thesis examined the perceptions people hold about the police and the reasons behind this.
Mike is currently the Quality Leader at BUV and ensures that the quality standards relating to assessments, marking and moderation are met by all faculty at the University. He leads a broad variety of management courses including those from the University of London, Staffordshire University, and Taylor’s Foundation programmes.
Outside of university, Mike enjoys a wide range of sports including skiing, water polo, cycling, running, yoga and weightlifting.
Perkins, M. (in press). Different communities, different approaches: Avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ approach to neighborhood policing strategies. In Bruns, D. (Ed.). Global Perspective on Crime Prevention and Community Resilience. Taylor & Francis
Perkins, M., Cotrel-Gibbons, L. (in press). The Vietnamese police response to domestic violence against women: The family unit under pressure. In Bruns, D. & Schroder, S. (Ed.). International Perspectives on Domestic Violence. Routledge
Perkins, M. (2016). Modelling public confidence of the police: how perceptions of the police differ between neighborhoods in a city. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 17(1) 113-125
Perkins, M., Grey, A., Remmers, H. (2014). What do we really mean by “Balanced Scorecard”? International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 63(2), 148-169
Perkins, M. (2013). Public Confidence Modelling: A Locally Based Approach to Police Performance Management. York: The University of York (Published commercial report)
Fernandes, K. and Perkins, M. (2010) Geographical Information Systems: The North Yorkshire Police GIS Strategy & Implementation Roadmap. York: The University of York. (Published commercial report)
Perkins, M. (2008) A report to Oakdale (Contracts) Ltd Regarding the Utilisation of Discrete Event Simulation and the Analytic Hierarchy Process in Aiding Storage Facility Design. York: The University of York (Published commercial report)
Mark Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Economics, and has taught on the University of London programme across Asia for almost a quarter of a century. Before that he was a Lecturer at the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom.
Mark is passionate about economics, passionate about teaching, and especially passionate about making students both understand and enjoy economics. Many of his students who formerly found the dismal science to be dreary have been transformed and gone on to achieve successful careers as economists. His classes are academically rigorous, yet dynamic and fun, as he endeavors to ensure that all present understand the beautiful logic of key economic concepts.
Dr Mearns has been in education for 25 years, holding several distinguished positions including the Dean of Victoria University, Uganda, and Team Leader for HRM and Leadership at University of Sunderland, UK. She has spent the majority of her life working overseas and her global experience and expertise underpins her strong research and teaching credentials.
Dr Mearns holds a BA (Hons) from Warwick in Politics and Economics, and an MSc and PhD in the field of Human Resources Management from Sheffield Business School, UK.
Aside from lecturing at British University Vietnam, Dr Mearns is currently authoring a core textbook in leadership. One of her favourite subjects to teach is Research Methods, an important subject which all British University Vietnam undergraduate students benefit from learning.
Joseph Schurley studied at Le Moyne College, New York, and received a Bachelor of Science in Labor Management and from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He was later awarded a Master’s degree in Hotel Administration.
He has 15 years of academic experience in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore and a 14-year business career in accounting, marketing and management operations.
Jonathan has moved between academia and industry over the course of his career. He was formerly a consultant in turnaround management and successfully rebuilt a number of businesses in his native Canada after studying at leading business universities in the UK. He entered academia in the UK and has also taught in the UAE. He has research interests in international business, managerial economics and corporate strategy.
Ms Joey has been teaching at international universities and colleges for more than ten years. She is very versatile, passionate and committed to producing quality education. She teaches Financial Management, Corporate Finance, Money, Banking and Finance, Strategic Management Accounting, Managing Financial Resources and Decisions, and Business Statistics.
Ms Joey completed her Master of Financial Economics in Finance and Economics at Universiti Putra Malaysia and has worked in Vietnam for 4 years.
Maren is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Tourism Management Degree. She is originally from Germany but has spent the majority of her time in the last ten years in the Netherlands, England and Scotland. Maren is passionate about tourism and events, both as a pastime as well as an academic field of study, and she enjoys sharing this passion with students in the classroom.
Maren completed her PhD at Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, where she also taught extensively within the tourism, hospitality and events subject group. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Maren is an active researcher and is currently working on a variety of publications. Her research interests include memory studies in tourism and events, commemoration and commemorative events, collective memory, group and place identity, impacts of tourism and events, and tourism education. She has experience using innovative qualitative research methods such as semiotics.
PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH OUTPUT
Viol, M. & Southall, C. (forthcoming) ‘Western-centrism in internationalised tourism higher education curricula: Perspectives from Vietnam’, to be presented at: International Conference on Tourism 2017: Place and the Tourist Experience: Heritage, Sustainability and Economy, Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 28th to July 1st, 2017.
Viol, M. (2015) ‘The use of wikis within the virtual learning environment to support collaborative working and their influence on students’ learning experience’, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 3 (2), 50-57.
Viol, M., Theodoraki, E., Anastasiadou, C. & Todd, L. (2014) ‘Researching narratives of collective memory and identity: The case of the commemorative events of the fall of the Berlin Wall’, presented at: International Conference on Remembering in a Globalizing World: The Play and Interplay of Tourism, Memory, and Place, Le Chambon sur Lignon, France, September 8th - 10th, 2014.
Viol, M., Theodoraki, E. & Anastasiadou, C. (2013) ‘The impact of commemorative events of the fall of the Berlin Wall on collective memory (re)constructions’, presented at: Post Conflict, Cultural Heritage and Regional Development: An International Conference, Wageningen, Netherlands, October 9th - 11th, 2013.
Viol, M., Theodoraki, E. & Anastasiadou, C. (2012) ‘Constructing social memory: A critical investigation of reconstructions of the past and governance at commemorative events’, presented at: 'Current Issues and (Im)possible Solutions: an interdisciplinary dialogue in tourism and leisure’, GLTRG PhD Colloquium, University of Surrey, UK, September 6th - 7th, 2012.
Viol, M., Theodoraki, E. & Anastasiadou, C. (2012) ‘Constructing social memory: A critical investigation of cultural governance and narratives of the past at commemorative events’, presented at: Global Events Congress V, Advances in Event Management Research & Practice, Stavanger, Norway, June 13th - 15th, 2012.
Viol, M., Theodoraki, E. & Anastasiadou, C. (2012) ‘Constructing social memory: A critical investigation of cultural governance and narratives of the past through festivals and events’, presented at: 'Innovative Approaches to Tourism Marketing and Management Research', PhD Colloquium, Exeter, UK, April 2nd - 4th, 2012.
Stephanie is a fully certified educator and ESOL instructor with over 7 years’ experience in teaching across the USA and Vietnam. Stephanie graduated from The University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Education. In her spare time, she is completing a master’s degree in Computer Science.
Stephanie is described by students as friendly, easy to understand and an excellent teacher. She says “Working as an Educator for me is more than about just teaching; it’s about encouraging and helping to develop the leaders of tomorrow”.
British University Vietnam provides teaching for University of London and Staffordshire University degrees. These universities include institutions with a long history, high reputation and an excellent academic standard and with excellent links with industry and with a strong record of graduate employment.
Since 1858, the University of London International Programmes has offered a wide range of high quality distance learning courses to students – wherever they are in the world. Students are registered with the University of London and are awarded a University of London degree on successful completion of their studies. Degrees awarded to International Programmes students are of an identical standard to those awarded to students who study face to face at one of the University of London’s Colleges. British University Vietnam is proud to be the first and only university in Vietnam to provide teaching for University of London International Programmes.VISIT THE PAGE
Established in the early 1990s, Staffordshire University has become one of the more dynamic and progressive higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. The university is renowned for its groundbreaking new courses that motivate students to think and act for themselves. Staffordshire University provides courses with the real-world knowledge, academic skills and qualifications to hit the ground running in your chosen career. Importantly, we help you to become an individual with the personal attributes and expertise that today’s employers look for. The university has achieved very positive assessments from the UK Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency which can be viewed at www.qaa.ac.ukVISIT THE PAGE
The Quality of a British Degree at BUV
British degrees are known all around the world for both their quality, and the benefits that they bring to graduates both in the UK, and overseas. British University Vietnam (BUV) is proud of the role it holds in representing the quality of a British degree within Vietnam by being the first and only international institution awarding British degree certificates in-country.
At BUV, we are partnered with two high-quality UK institutions; Staffordshire University, and University of London who award students their final degree after having being taught at BUV. In order for us to do this, we are regularly assessed by both universities to ensure that we meet their exacting standards, which are governed by UK Government and endorsed by the Quality Assurance Agency who grant permission for degrees to be offered and ensure that the quality of the institutions and their awards are of the highest level.
All of our full-time international faculty have significant teaching and/or industry experience in countries such as the UK, Canada and the USA amongst many others and we use this broad range of teaching skills and backgrounds to enhance the education we provide to our students. The teaching that our faculty provide is based on UK teaching principles designed to encourage students to develop their own knowledge and critical thinking skills in order to apply this to the real world. A British degree is not simply memorising facts as this is not what international employers are looking for.
This level of quality also extends to what we expect from our students. A British degree is a passport to many opportunities, but it is not easily obtained. We expect students to meet our rigorous standards relating to attendance, attitude to work and academic integrity.
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