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Job ID: 236260

Dean of Arts & Sciences

Date Posted May 17, 2024
Title Dean of Arts & Sciences
University VinUniversity
Hanoi, Vietnam
Department Hanoi
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Administration - Academic Unit


VinUniversity (VinUni: is a private, not-for-profit Vietnamese university established with a mission to develop talents for the future and become a university of excellence based on international standards. The university integrates the models of excellent international universities with the unique cultural and economic characteristics of Vietnam,  and aspires to become a world-class university. VinUni inaugurated its first batch of students in 2020. Three years later, in October 2023, it became the youngest university in the Asia-Pacific region to receive Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 5 stars in 7 categories.

VinUni has strategic collaborations with the world’s leading universities, including Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. These universities have become close advisors and crucial enablers in establishing the four colleges at VinUni: College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Business and Management (CBM), College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), and College of Health Sciences (CHS). Every aspect of the University: its curricula, research, faculty, student body, facilities, and campus life, is being developed to meet the highest standards set by the world’s leading accrediting organizations, such as ABET, AACSB.  Recently, VinUniversity's CHS has achieved ACGME International accreditation for its Graduate Medical Education programs while the nursing programs have achieved candidacy for America Council for Nursing Education accreditation. These provide a significant benchmark for quality in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

VinUni’s founding benefactor Vingroup is one of the biggest private conglomerates in Asia with the largest market capitalization value in Vietnam. As a multisector corporation, Vingroup focuses on three main areas: Industrials &Technology; Services and Social Enterprises. VinUni is proud to be a part of the Vingroup ecosystem, giving its students opportunities to connect with several high quality research institutes (such as VinAI and VinBigData), pioneering green mobility enterprises (such as VinFast and GSM), and leading Vietnamese service companies (such as Vinpearl, Vinmec, and Vinhomes).



The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) was established in 2023 with the vision to become the leading source for liberal arts education at the highest international standards, inspiring and equipping tomorrow’s leaders for Vietnam and beyond. CAS is committed to providing the majority of VinUni’s General Education programs and coordinating other colleges’ general education courses, offering inter-, multi-, and trans-disciplinary programs. We aim to offer excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research, diversity, intellectual curiosity, and personalized, lifelong learning.

Currently, CAS offers three-degree programs: Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Psychology, and Bachelor of Multimedia Communications. Our programs aim for flexibility, allowing students to easily explore different career paths. Students can choose to minor or double major in another program at the College of Arts and Sciences or from select programs in other colleges, such as “Communications and Economics,” “Psychology and Marketing,” or “Communications and Entrepreneurship.” Students will have internship opportunities in a professional working environment at leading prestigious corporations and organizations inside and outside the Vingroup ecosystem, including Vinschool, Vinpearl, Vinhomes, McKinsey, Marriott, Vietnam Airlines, Standard Chartered Bank, Techcombank, BCG, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Viettel, among others.



VinUni seeks an entrepreneurial academic leader with rigorous academic credentials in arts and sciences, and with strong administrative leadership background, to serve as the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean reports to the Provost and works with other leaders and colleagues across the University to pursue the vision and goals of the College, and the university. The Dean is expected to lead and promote the highest quality educational programs, research, service, and development activities of the College.



The Dean is the Chief Academic Officer of the College of Arts and Sciences and provides leadership for the planning, development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of all academic programs, policies and supporting infrastructure. The Dean plays a critical role in setting the academic vision of the College, providing leadership to faculty and staff, and ensuring consistent quality standards in curriculum and programs to meet the needs of the students. The Dean oversees the academic integrity of the College and provides leadership in long-range planning, budgeting, curriculum, and program development. The Dean in collaboration with the Provost’s office ensures compliance with various accreditation agencies as well as federal regulations related to accreditation. Major responsibilities for this position include:

  • Ensure that the highest-caliber academic scholars are recruited and appointed to key positions such as vice deans, program directors, and other senior faculty roles at the College.
  • The Dean must ensure that the highest quality and state-of-the-art curriculum is implemented within the College.
  • The Dean is expected to take the lead role in setting standards for admissions for all degree programs; actively promote the programs offered by the College; lead admission campaigns; and recruit high-quality students for the College and the university.
  • The Dean along with the senior leadership team of the University must lead the effort to develop a strategy for research priorities of the College and establish cross-disciplinary initiatives that will put the College, VinUni, and Vietnam on the global map of thought leadership.
  • VinUni is committed to using active, engaged, experiential and inter-disciplinary pedagogy in all its programs and the Dean is expected to lead this effort for the college.
  • The Dean is expected to engage with not only Vingroup and its affiliated companies, but also with other organizations in Vietnam and around the world to develop a robust and mutually beneficial industry engagement program. The Dean is responsible for preparing industry engagement opportunities for students and also maintaining good industry relationships.
  • The Dean is expected to ensure high quality international engagement opportunities such as exchange/dual degree with leading universities.
  • To further build and firmly establish VinUni’s identity as a major university, it will be important for each College to start hosting academic collaboration events, such as roundtables, conferences, and symposia that bring academic scholars and industry executives to its campus for engaging discussions. The Dean must lead the process of hosting such events related to the College.
  • As a member of the senior leadership team of the University, the Dean serves on university’s Academic Advisory Board and maybe be asked to take on special responsibility from time to time, based on availability, need, and urgency.



  • Distinguished scholar with academic expertise and credibility in the fields of liberal education and social sciences at the international level.
  • Successful academic leader with practical experience and proven achievements in leading a college in the fields of liberal education and social sciences at an international level.
  • Demonstrates a strong passion for building innovative signature education programs and an open mindset for an interdisciplinary education approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students as well as community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • An appreciative understanding of the challenges that inevitably arise from the operation of a new University, with the patience, resilience, and ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents of an institution to effectively resolve challenges and build opportunities to promote the mission and vision of the College/University.
  • Respect and appreciation for the core values of VinUni: EXCEL (E: Empathy, X: Exceptional Capability, C: Creativity, E: Entrepreneurial Mindset, L: Leadership Spirit).



The salary benefits are internationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.



  • Work permit: VinUniversity will assist in and provide advice for obtaining the necessary paperwork needed for employment in Vietnam (visa, work permit, insurance, etc.). However, it is your responsibility to ensure that you can satisfy all the paper requirements in a timely manner.
  • According to Vietnamese Law, expatriates are required to submit all necessary documents for a work permit on the first day in Vietnam. For more information about the necessary documents, please refer to the information in this link.
  • Living costs: Vietnam has a comparatively low cost of living and expatriates can live a very comfortable life here with a moderate expenditure.



To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume and (3) a list of two references.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


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