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CHRISTOPHER JEFFERY
Chief Academic Officer

Welcome Messages

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to BUV. I was appointed in 2010 to lead the academic development and growth of the University. The journey over the last 6 years has been exciting and promises to be even more so as we develop into our new campus in Ecopark. I am very proud of all our students and alumni and to see them develop in both knowledge and skills to a level that matches or surpasses those of their British counterparts. I feel very honoured to have been trusted by parents and students to contribute to this development. BUV delivers the best in education and skills, allowing students to grow in confidence and ability as well as knowledge.

As established academic leader of BUV, my mission is and will continue to be to ensure that BUV is much more than just a building, it is about the people and their experience, making sure we transfer knowledge in a way that excites and is practical as well as remaining with them throughout their lives.

We pride ourselves on the quality of what we do, ensuring students and parents receive the highest level of service as well as the ability to become partners in your success.

I look forward to meeting you in person and the whole team looks forward to supporting you and working with you to help achieve your goals and your ambition, no matter what they are.

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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.

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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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Professor Ray Gordon

Vice Chancellor and President

ray.g@buv.edu.vn

Professor Dr. Raymond Gordon was appointed to the position of Vice Chancellor and President of the British University Vietnam in February 2018.

He is an experienced leader in higher education having previously held leadership positions such as Head of the Bond Business School at Bond University Australia, Head of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Technology Sydney and the Head of Centre for Commerce and Management for RMIT University Vietnam.

Professor Gordon is an accomplished academic with extensive teaching and research experience at universities throughout the world, including the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Warwick United Kingdom, Reitaku University Japan, New Mexico State University America, Copenhagen Business School Denmark and amongst others. He has an esteemed research and publication record with more than 70 international publications across the fields of leadership, power relations, organiszation theory and ethnographic studies. His work has been published by leading (Tier 1) international academic and journals such as the Leadership Quarterly, Organisation Studies, Public Administration and the Journal of Business and Accounting Research, to name a few.

Prior to becoming an academic, Professor Gordon was an experienced business manager spending 25 years in the corporate sector where he held senior management positions within electronics and communications organisations in the UK, Australia, Europe, the US and Asia.

His professional appointments include:

  • President Australian Academy of Business and Management.
  • Vice President, Asia Council of Business and Management.
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Management.
  • CPA Australia.
  • Former Director, Australian Chamber of Commerce Vietnam.
  • Member, Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools.
  • Mentor, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • Member, American Academy of Management.
  • Member, European Group of Organisation Studies.
  • Member, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management.
  • Member, Britcham Vietnam

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Professor Rick Bennett

Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President

rick@buv.edu.vn

Rick is the newest member of the Senior Leadership Team at British University Vietnam, having joined in 2022. However, Rick has been working in Vietnam for the last 7 years – previously as an Executive Dean and former Dean of Communication & Design. Rick’s background is in Art, Design and Education and he has Bachelor, Master and PhD qualifications across all three fields. Most notably, his leadership in areas of Higher Education and in particular online learning & teaching is why BUV is excited to have him join the University.

“I am tremendously excited to join British University Vietnam, with its current staff and students, and to take on an amazing new challenge in Vietnam. Together, I am sure we can elevate this University to be one of the highest quality and leading universities in the country (and beyond!). I have very high expectations of how far we can go.”

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Christopher Jeffery

Chief Academic Officer

cao@buv.edu.vn

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.

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Tony Summers

Deputy Chief Academic Officer

tony.s@buv.edu.vn

Tony made the move to academia in 2006 after a successful 30 year career as a senior manager in the ICT sector. With extensive professional experience in the many facets of business including business development, sales, marketing, general management and operations Tony brings a wealth of knowledge to his classroom that he enthusiastically shares with his students. Tony’s motivation for teaching comes from a deep and continuing interest in marketing, strategic management and globalisation as well as the reward he feels when students make an intellectual connection for the first time. “I believe that University 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”. Moving to Vietnam in 2011 and joining BUV as one of the first lecturers, Tony has progressed through the roles of Lecturer, Programme Leader for all Staffordshire University programmes, Senior Lecturer and now Deputy Chief Academic Officer and Senior Lecturer in Management. His current role focuses on University-wide academic operations and leading the team of international faculty.

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Mike Perkins

Head of Quality and Academic Development

mike.p@buv.edu.vn

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.

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Joey Lai Chong Yee

Programme Leader - Accounting and Finance

joey.lai@buv.edu.vn

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.

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Shashi Chaudhary

Programme Leader - International Business Management

shashikant.c@buv.edu.vn

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.”

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Aiman Abousher

Programme Leader - Marketing Management

aiman.a@buv.edu.vn

Mr Aiman’s teaching style is lively and full of enthusiasm. He shares interesting experiences and makes learning economics fun and exciting for his students. In 17 years of teaching and research, he has been selected as a favourite among his students many times. In 2004, Mr. Aiman was the winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award at Victoria University. In 2008 and 2012, he won the Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from Deakin University and Ballarat University.

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Ajay Pillai

Programme Leader - Finance and Economics

ajay.p@buv.edu.vn

Ajay is employed as a full-time faculty in British University Vietnam (BUV) and is the programme leader for Finance and Economics.
He has an MBA from University of Surrey, UK and holds certificates from The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK (CIMA) and The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). His main area of research is in behavioural management accounting and corporate governance, and he has written several articles and has conducted numerous workshops.
He has more than fifteen years of work experience in the finance industry and has lectured in different countries. He joined BUV in September 2020.

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Francesco Meca

Programme Leader – Tourism Management & Event Management

francesco.m@buv.edu.vn

Francesco Meca is the Programme Leader for Tourism and Event Management and Teaching Fellow in Management and Marketing.

Francesco holds a Bachelor of Economics and Business Management obtained at the University of Bologna, a Master of Project and Information Management, from Bocconi University in Milan, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pisa.

He has achieved certifications in “International Leadership and Organizational Behavior” and “Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies” from the SDA Bocconi Business School of Milan, one of the top ranked business schools in the world. He also has a certificate in “Digital Marketing Excellence”, from Google.

Francesco is in Vietnam since 2017 where he arrived after working for Apple at the European Headquarters. He is at BUV since 2019 and he previously worked at two other universities in Vietnam.

Francesco has extensive corporate experience in different fields such as: marketing, IT, human resource management, supply chain, post sales. He was a strategic management consultant and cooperated with investors and business angels to evaluate and develop startups and new business ideas. He worked in small business as well as large multinational organizations, gaining expertise at all levels of management.

He also volunteered and advocated for refugees’ integration and disabled people’s rights.

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Richard Paul Child

Programme Leader - Contemporary Creative Practices

richard.c@buv.edu.vn

Richard has a BA (Hon) in Visual Arts, De Montfort University Leicester, and MA in Visual Communication from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design. He completed the PGCE in Education at the University of Wolverhampton.
At the Birmingham Metropolitan College, he was a Programme Leader in Graphic Design for Visual Arts at and Lecturer in Graphic Design at the University Centre Doncaster College. Richard joined BUV in 2018 as Programme Leader of Contemporary Creative Practices.

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Judah Smith

Programme Leader - Computer Games Design and Programming

judah.s@buv.edu.vn

Judah Smith graduated from the University of Bradford with a first-class honours degree in Design for Computer Games and was later awarded an MPhil for his thesis, Player Power as Game Design. After this, he entered the games industry in the mobile phone space, working for Red Menace Games. His titles include Groovy Ball, Groovy Ball 2 and Progeny Online.

He began lecturing in games in 2010 at universities in the UK and became Senior Lecturer and later Academic Group Coordinator. He came to Vietnam in 2018 where he leads the BSc Games Design and Programming course, one of the most respected games courses in Europe, awarded by Staffordshire University. Judah describes his BUV students as “the most passionate and talented young people I have ever taught”.

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Julien Psomas

Programme Leader - International Hospitality Management

julien.p@buv.edu.vn

As he was studying for his BA Hons in Marketing in bonny Scotland, Julien discovered hospitality, its rhythm, its multicultural pool of talents, its long shifts, and the passion behind all this. Beside his studies, he worked in banqueting in St Andrews and later as a bartender. He quickly became team leader and got the opportunity to be the head server when serving some members of the Royal family.

He decided to continue his studies and enroll for an MBA in Hospitality Management in one of the most prestigious hospitality school, L’École Supérieure de Savignac.

Once graduated, he moved to Belgium where he spent the following 8 years working for renown international chains like Hilton, Marriott, Rocco Forte and Sandton hotel. He gained his knowledge in leadership, supervision, and management as he worked in different hotel departments throughout the years.

He also got some experience in the wine and spirit business, which became useful when he moved to Vietnam in 2016. He have worked as a sales account manager in the wine distribution for three years in Hanoi before joining the team of BUV. On the way, he got his certification in WSET 2, and CELTA diploma.

He is now the proud programme leader of our International Hospitality Management programme which sees a constant flow of students, interested by the tourism and hospitality industry.

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Prabu Mohan

Programme Leader - University of London programmes

prabu.m@buv.edu.vn

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.

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Joao Manuel Fialho

Programme Leader – Graduate Programmes

joao.f@buv.edu.vn

Joao Fialho has a PhD in Mathematics of the University of Évora, Portugal. He has diverse practical working experience and teaching experience, having spent more than 5 years working as Pricing & Business Analyst for Teleperformance and Towers Watson in Lisbon, Portugal and more than 3 years as Head of the Mathematics Department at College of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas. His most recent position, prior to BUV, was as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.

Dr. Fialho has a vast research record that includes over 16 international publications, a book and several presentations in international conferences. His current research projects are on biomechanics, mathematical modelling and big data analytics.

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Stewart Utley

Programme Leader – English

stewart.u@buv.edu.vn

Stewart has been based in Hanoi teaching English at higher education institutions for the past three years. Graduating with a First Class degree in English Language and Linguistics from The University of Sheffield, his passion for the English language, along a fascination with different cultures brought him to Vietnam.

Stewart’s approach to teaching English ensures that students’ engagement is at the core of the learning process. He believes that “If students aren’t interested by the lesson, then they are going to find it very difficult to take anything in”. With this in mind, Stewart demonstrates a deep enthusiasm for varying his teaching techniques; constantly adapting, researching and varying his methods to ensure that his lessons are both captivating and effective.

Stewart shared that “What many of our students face problems with is that their knowledge of the English language from previous studies is of a high level, but they have not always been taught what to do with it. My job, therefore, is to guide them to use their English effectively, functionally and creatively in an academic context”

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Jonathan Neale

Programme Leader - Student Support

jonathan.n@buv.edu.vn

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.

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