Vietnam, Hanoi

Asian Institute of Technology
 

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The Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam (AIT-VN) was founded in 1993 following an agreement signed with the government of Vietnam. Since its creation, interest in the institute and its reputation with donors have continued to grow. Flexibility, a quest for innovation and creativity are the three pillars which characterise the AIT-VN’s activities. The institution provides the official link between local universities, society and industry. This activity constitutes the very essence of the mission of the AIT-VN: to be an international portal for the transfer of development technology for Vietnam in particular and the region in general, through the promotion of high quality and efficient training activities, postgraduate education courses and consultancy services. The AIT-VN offers academic programmes in technology, management, development and environment. It is also specialised in short-term training courses as well as in development consultancies. Most of its training courses emphasise the importance of technological change in the context of sustainable development.

Contact Details
Pham Thi Thanh Thuy
Tel. +84 4 3766 9493 (ext. 116)
pthuy@aitcv.ac.vn
http://aitvn.asia/

 


Meet our Faculty & Staff in Hanoi

 

  

Faculty

 

Phan Nguyen
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Regional Academic Coordinator for Southeast Asia
phan.nguyen@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Water and climate change, environmental governance and climate-resilient development
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Dr Phan Nguyen is a water and climate change specialist with more than 20 years of experience working with intergovernmental organizations, international academic institutes and governmental agencies. Dr Phan is currently working for the Graduate Institute as the DPP Academic Coordinator and Head of Southeast Asia Region. In the last five years, she worked for the Mekong River Commission, heading its Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (2011-2016) and its Environment Programme (Jan-May 2012, October 2015-December 2016). By training, she has a Doctor of Engineering in Water Resource Development. Phan teaches environmental governance and climate-resilient development. She has led many consultancy projects for the WB, ADB, UNDP, FAO, SNV, GIZ etc. on topics related to environmental safeguards, policy analyses, investment and financing for renewable energy, urban development and climate change, and project evaluation.

 

 

Willi Zimmermann
Willi Zimmermann   

Visiting Faculty, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok (AIT)
wzimmerm@mac.com
Areas of expertise
Research methodology, policy analysis, policy implementation, public sector management
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PhD in Political Science from Munich University, teaching and doing research at different Universities; since 1997 at AIT Bangkok

He served as Associate Professor at the School of Environment, Resources and Development as well as the School of Management of the Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok (AIT) from 1997-2005. He conducted courses and supervised research projects of Master and PhD programs in the area of public sector management, environmental policy implementation, and public policy analysis. He also acted as Coordinator of the Swiss-AIT-Vietnam PHD Program (SAV-PHD). Before joining AIT he was director of a small private research company and senior lecturer and researcher at Geneva University; he also acted as lecturer, supervisor and member of the Board of Trustees in the European Association of Environmental Management Education cum Master’s degree program financed by the EU. Currently, he teaches and supervises Master's and PhD students at AIT and is privileged to cooperate with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) since 2003 in DFP, IMAS and in DPP. 

Willi Zimmermann earned his Ph. D. in political science from University of Munich. In 1982, he received the postgraduate diploma in Developing Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich with 5 months practical training in Nepal.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • General management; Public sector management; New public management (NPM); Urban environmental management
  • Policy implementation; Environmental management and policy implementation
  • Policy analysis; Policy evaluation
  • Modern approaches in social theories
  • Epistemology; Research methodology.

 

Caroline Brassard
Caroline Brassard   

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
sppbc@nus.edu.sg, dr.cbrassard@gmail.com
Areas of expertise
Economic development, disaster governance, poverty alleviation strategies (rural and urban), empirical analysis (qualitative and quantitative), research design and methodology
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Caroline Brassard is adjunct assistant professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP), at the National University of Singapore, where she has been affiliated since 2002. Her research focuses on development policy lessons from natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific, and humanitarian aid effectiveness. She has extensive fieldwork experience in Vietnam, Indonesia, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Caroline also consults with various international organizations and civil society organizations in Asia on the area of poverty alleviation, and development effectiveness. At the LKY SPP, Caroline teaches courses on aid governance, research methods, economic development policy, poverty alleviation strategies and empirical analysis for public policy. Her latest edited book “Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific” (edited with David Giles and Arn Howitt) was published by Springer in 2015. Other recent publications appeared in the Asian Journal of Social Science and the Global Risk Report 2014. She has been serving as a council member of the Singapore Red Cross since 2013. Caroline holds a PhD in Economics from the University of London.

 

Alexandre D. Freire
  

Programme Director
alexandre.freire@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Educational transformations with a special focus on skills development, internationalization of education, social inequalities, education employment relations, educational choices and dropouts in emerging countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia
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Dr  Dormeier Freire is Senior lecturer at the Graduate Institute and Director of the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (DPP). Dr Dormeier Freire earned a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Geneva. As a sociologist, he is mainly working on educational transformations with a special focus on skills development, internationalization of education, social inequalities, education employment relations, educational choices and dropouts in emerging countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia.

He is currently working on family role in educational and training choices in Southeast Asia and on dropouts school returnees. His fields of expertise are: Methods in social sciences; Governance, decentralization, state-society relations (Indonesia, Vietnam); Knowledge society, internationalization of higher education, skills development and social inequalities (Vietnam, Indonesia). He teaches mainly on Methods, Research Design, Governance and Internationalization of education. Dr. Dormeier Freire is a member and former scientific collaborator of the Working Group for International Cooperation in Skills Development and NORRAG (Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training). He is a scientific board member of IRED (Institute for Research on Educational Development, Vietnam).

 

Christophe Gironde
Christophe Gironde   

Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, Graduate Institute
christophe.gironde@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Agriculture, land and rural development; development, cooperation and aid policies; redistribution policies, social inequalities, poverty; Asia, Southeast (Vietnam, Cambodia); Africa, Subsaharan (Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi)
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PhD, Institut universitaire d'études du développement and University of Geneva - Thesis on Rehabilitation and Transformation of Family Economy in North Vietnam - Village Activity Systems and Networks of Relations in the Red River Delta.

  • Since October 2003: Lecturer and researcher at IUED, and then at IHEID
  • 2000-2005: Researcher, Fafo Applied International Studies (Oslo, Norvège)
  • 1994-2001: PhD
  • 1996-1997: Resident in Vietnam (scholarship from SDC)
  • 1994: Diploma in Advanced Studies, Comparative Developmenent Policies and Practices, Institut d’Etudes du Développement Economique et Social (IEDES) / University of Paris I

 

Minh-Chau Dao
Minh-Chau Dao   

Senior program officer on Governance, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
minhchaudao@gmail.com
Areas of expertise
Public administration, public policy, development project design, monitoring and evaluation, institution analysis
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Dr. Minh-Chau Dao is currently a senior program officer on Governance at the office of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Hanoi, Vietnam doing program/project development, steering and monitoring of the SDC governance portfolio in Vietnam. He used to work as an assistant to the UN Resident Coordinator at the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Vietnam on UN reform and aid coordination. He also taught a course “Institution and Development” for a master program in Development expertise and Project Management of Paris University 12 delivered in Hanoi. He has working experience in Vietnam, Lao PDR and Mongolia.

 

Huong Thu Nguyen
Nguyen Thi Thu Huong   

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden
Lecturer, Faculty of Anthropology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
huong.nguyen@genus.lu.se
Areas of expertise
Gendered violence, ethnicity, LGBT, disability, trafficking in persons, gender and criminal justice system, critical development studies, Southeast Asia
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Huong Thu Nguyen received her doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2011, based on ethnographic research on sexual violence in Vietnam. Since 2000 she has been a lecturer at Vietnam National University, Hanoi. She has been lecturing the DPP module, titled Gender and Development at AITVN in Hanoi since 2014.

My current postdoctoral research is part of a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council on Gendered Violence in the Emergency Settings in Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam. The project includes research leader Professor Helle Rydstrom a social anthropologist from Lund University in Sweden, Professor Catarina Kinnvall a political scientist also from Lund University, and myself.

For the past few years I have been conducting in-depth research on the criminal justice system in the Philippines and Vietnam, particularly dealing with aspects of gender-based violence.

In addition, I have carried out intensive consultancy work on human trafficking, discrimination against LGBT, People with Disabilities and Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam.

Please visit links below to see my recent publications

 

Visiting Lecturers 2018-2019

 

Jean-Luc Maurer
Honorary Professor, Development Studies, Graduate Institute

 
Vu Khoan
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam
 
 

Staff in Hanoi

 

Frederic W. Swierczek
Frederic W. Swierczek   

Director of the AIT-VN
fred@aitcv.ac.vn
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Dr. Fredric W.Swierczek is an accomplished American professional and Fullbrighter with more than 36 years of comprehensive management experience in Asian business, strategic management, Human Resource Management, Organizational behavior and change.

He is currently the Director of Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam. He has been an experienced trainer and program director for Master and Doctoral of Business Administration programs at AIT and some other international Universities.

He is also the key leader for many big training and capacity building projects for the governments, Enterprises and international organizations such as World bank, ADB, EU, JICA etc.

 

Pham Thi Thanh Thuy
Pham Thi Thanh Thuy   

Manager of the Vietnam Learning Center on Environmental and Social Sustainability (LC)
pthuy@aitcv.ac.vn
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Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Thuy is the Manager of the Vietnam Learning Center for Environment and Social Sustainability (LC). She has been working for AIT in Vietnam since March 2005.

Her main areas of expertise are training development and management. She is now principally responsible for: i) the overall operation and management of the LC's training and consultancy activities; ii) promotion and marketing of training programs; iii) coordination and management of LC's resource persons (trainers/guest speakers/consultants); iv) coordination of course design and delivery; v) strategy development for the LC and Income/Expense management; vi) building up and extending relationships with strategic partners and clients; vii) quality control and management; and viii) supervision of DPP Hanoi Team.

Ms. Thuy has been involved in many consultancy and capacity building projects. She obtained her Master of Business Administration in 2008 from the School of Management in the Asian Institute of Technology; and Executive Master in Development Policies and Practice from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland in 2017.

 

 
Do Thi Lan Anh
Do Thi Lan Anh   

Programme Assistant for Logistics and Finance related issues
anhdtl@aitcv.ac.vn
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Ms. Anh is working as a program Assistant for Logistics and Finance related issues of the Learning Center in Environmental and Social Sustainability (WB Funded project). She obtained a BA on English Language Teaching at Vietnam National University and is studying a Master program on Business Administration by AIT.

Ms. Do Thi Lan Anh is an experienced program assistant. Her main responsibilities are supporting to training need/ capacity need assessment, training course organization, financial management.

She was involved in a number of capacity building projects and programs funded by international donors, such as Capacity Need Assessment for Bioenergy Development in Vietnam (May-Dec. 2013) funded by GIZ, Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (SDC), the International Negotiation for Greater Mekong Sub region Cooperation Learning Program (The Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management-ADB funded); Training of Trainers on ESIA, Involuntary Resettlement, Health Impact Assessment, Biodiversity Impact Assessment.