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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 internship 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.

Loc Pham
Loc received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011. Prior to joining CET, he served as Vice President of Hoa Sen University, a private university in Ho Chi Minh City. He also served as Dean of Faculty & Professors in the University’s Department of Languages & Cultural Studies. He has taught courses at both SIT Vietnam and the Loyola Center in Ho Chi Minh City, and has cultivated an extensive faculty network throughout the region. Loc has published in diverse research areas, including postcolonial studies, gender studies, and translation studies. His most recent academic pursuit is researching social and emotional learning (SEL) as it relates to the student experience.

Loc Pham

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
While earning a BA in Business and English at the University of Pedagogy in Ho Chi Minh City, Tuan joined the CET Vietnam Program as a roommate in the fall of 2014. After graduating, he worked as a marketing assistant for an events company, planning events and developing new client relationships. He’s now returned to his CET “roots”, and 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. He served as a CET roommate in the 2017 summer program, and joined the staff team as soon as the program ended. Hieu loves helping students have a life-altering experience during their time in Vietnam.

Hieu Nguyen

Program Assistant