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CET Vietnam: Development Studies

Experienced Faculty

Your courses are designed, coordinated, and co-taught by the program’s Academic Director. Guest lecturers are local faculty who have studied in the US, UK, Australia, or Singapore, and have experience working with US students.

Your Vietnamese language faculty come from the host university’s affiliate language school, Vietnamese Language Studies Saigon (VLS). VLS runs a training program for Vietnamese language teachers and hires faculty from its top tier of students. The instructors are some of the best you’ll find in Vietnam.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

The Academic Director oversees the curriculum and the internships. He helps students connect the dots of their study abroad experience—from academic inquiry, to service-learning placements, to daily life. The Resident Director handles excursions, housing, and day-to-day logistics, and has been trained in emergency prevention and management.

Staff are on site to help you get the most out of your experience in Vietnam. Do you have particular learning needs? Got an idea for an activity? Need to see a doctor? The office door is always open.

Tri Phuong
Tri Phuong is a PhD Candidate at Yale University’s Department of Anthropology. He was a Fulbright in Vietnam grantee (2015-2016) studying new media technologies, urban youth cultures, and digital communities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prior to graduate studies, Tri worked in different capacities as a community organizer, newspaper editor, and education consultant. He is an alumnus of Harvard College and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Social Studies 2003, Master in Public Policy 2007).

Tri Phuong

Interim Academic Director

Vu Ho
Vu comes from the central highlands of Vietnam. He moved to Ho Chi Minh City to attend both high school and college, and graduated from the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City in 2013 with a BA in finance. At school, Vu was an active member and leader of the University’s Volunteer Club. He first joined the CET Vietnam team in 2010 as a Vietnamese roommate and considers his experience with the 2012 summer program in Quang Tri one of the most memorable times of his life. In addition to learning new languages and cultures, he enjoys playing sports, traveling and cooking.

Vu Ho

Resident Director

Tuan Dao
A graduate of the University of Pedagogy in Ho Chi Minh City with a BA in Business and English, Tuan joined the CET Vietnam Program as a roommate in the fall of 2014. Serving as a roommate gave him the chance to interact with US students, and develop his joint interests in the study of Vietnamese culture and cross-cultural communication. Upon graduating, Tuan worked as a marketing assistant for an events company, where he planned and executed events, ran social media campaigns, and developed  new client relationships. Now back at CET, Tuan especially enjoys helping students discover new aspects of urban and rural Vietnamese culture.

Tuan Dao

Program Coordinator

Hieu Nguyen
Hieu graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University with a Bachelor of Urban Studies (2017). As an undergraduate, Hieu studied in both Singapore and Norway–unforgettable experiences that got him excited about cultural exchange. Hieu first served as a CET roommate in the 2017 summer program, joining the staff team as soon as the program ended. Before CET, Hieu also served as an event coordinator and a content editor. He loves using these skills to help CET students have a life-altering and fulfilling experience during their time in Vietnam.

Hieu Nguyen

Program Assistant