VinUni will implement a clear, equitable, and consistent policy for the initial appointment, re-appointment, promotion, and subsequent long-term appointment of faculty members.
The University’s policies for academic appointment, reappointment, promotion, and long-term appointment are based on international norms while also considering applicable Vietnamese laws and regulations related to University’s governance structure as a private not-for-profit educational institution.
VinUniversity provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by Laws.
Appointment & Reappointment
All vacancies are open to the public at the University career web site, as well as in multiple international and national online academic job posting and related conferences and professional fora.
All appointments of a minimum of one-year term require a formal search and an ad-hoc Search Committee (SC). The short-listed candidates are invited for interview and job talk, typically as part of a campus visit over one or more days. The job talk designed by the Search Committee- includes a presentation of his/her teaching, research and service background and planning for the position; and a question-and-answer session with the audience.
Reappointment decisions are based upon excellence in performance and potential for future contributions in the respective fields and in the assignments based on the faculty’s competence and institutional priorities.
Reappointment to the current rank typically will require multi-year assessment of past annual performance based on the established criteria.
Detailed annual performance guidelines are described in the faculty handbook which includes the following components:
During the beginning of the academic year, a faculty member describes their performance goals in teaching, research, service and if-applicable administrative components of their appointment to their supervisor (e.g. Dean/Vice-Dean). The annual achievement goals should lead towards the satisfaction of requirements of their longer-term expectations for re-appointment and promotion. After approval, a faculty member’s performance is evaluated annually for the adjustment of their reward structures.
All annual performance reviews are part of the permanent employment record of the faculty member and are used as input for re-appointment, promotion, and long-term appointment.
The minimum requirement for the initial appointment to the ranks of Associate Professor and Full Professor at VinUni includes equivalent appointment at accredited national and international academic institutions.
Aside from appointment and reappointment, recognition of the faculty contribution and their professional advance in the University is achieved via the promotion system.
VinUni’s overall criteria for promotion to any rank for all faculty tracks are based on multi-year, multifaceted, quantitative and qualitative measures of performance for teaching, research and service to the university including internal and external peer review and overall contribution to VinUni’s mission.
Promotion is available to all ranks, i.e. from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and from Associate Professor to Professor, as well as from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer. VinUni Appointment and Promotion Committee will be established to facilitate the process of faculty promotion internally.
VinUni uses a faculty promotion system which is equivalent to international standards for promotion for aspirational peer-universities and consistent with Vietnamese labor laws for all faculty ranks and tracks (teaching, research, professorial, clinical, practice).
VinUni does not offer tenure in the common understanding of the term. Instead, it offers a long-term appointment, with other perks and benefits. The offer of a long-term appointment is normally decided in the sixth year of employment, but a faculty member may—with the approval of the Dean and Provost—apply early.
The decision to offer a long-term appointment is based on a comprehensive review process that takes place entirely within VinUni and follows Vietnam’s labor code. The review process aims for a balance between quantitative and qualitative factors and considers annual performance reviews and other sources of feedback and evaluation including internal and external peer review. VinUni’s current expectations are that our faculty members should be performing at a comparable level as are faculty at benchmarked peer institutions in the world.
RECOGNITION OF ACADEMIC TITLES BY MOET
Formal bestowing of the academic titles of “Associate Professor” and “Professor” by MOET follows the policies issued by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). VinUni will support the application process for all eligible faculty members.
VinUni offers twelve-month competitive salary commensurate with education and experience. We offer an attractive performance bonus and recognize outstanding performers at the end of the year. Our recognition program includes Faculty/ Employee of the year, Teaching excellence award, Research excellence award or Operational excellence award.
Faculty and staff are entitled to key benefits which include Social and Health Insurance, VinUni Health Insurance, annual Health examination, Gifts on special occasions, Various internal benefits at Vinpearl, Vinmec, Vinschool, Vinfast and so on as per the University policy.
For foreign employee, VinUni supports your relocation to Vietnam. You can expect a safe environment, new cultural experiences, reasonable living cost, incredible nature spots, delicious food, colleagues from all over the world and lots of social activities, etc.
The University acknowledges the need for encouraging and supporting the professional development activities of the Faculty that are related to the employment at VinUni, and will assist them in their promotion to next level. These include but are not limited to, reduced tuition fee offered for the courses/programs offered by VinUni, attendance at professional conferences and other activities.
Each academic at VinUniversity will need to develop a professional development plan and then revise annually to be discussed at annual performance review meeting. The plan will base on his/her career goals and reflection on the roles and opportunities available. Support from the mentors/supervisor will be available and where feasible resources and protected time will be available to pursue areas for professional development. Faculty development programs can be offered by the Vice Provost Office and/or the respective Colleges.
Faculty development activities need to be aligned with the international standards defined by the global academic community to achieve international excellence.
Each year, each faculty member is entitled to a research allowance according to the level of appointment for research and professional development fund (RPF). These funds may be used at their discretion for the purchase of equipment, subsidization of research expenses, professional workshops, subscription to professional societies, travel to meetings to support the professional advancement, hiring of research assistants, and other uses support teaching and research.
Faculty can also submit research proposal to obtain Seed grant from the University. The Research Administration will review the proposal and can allocate up to 100 000 USD for a research project.
For teaching support, the Center of Learning and Teaching Excellence provides many seminars, workshops, discussions, forums… on teaching pedagogies, education technologies, and teaching and assessment consultation.
The University offers many faculty development programs at Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania, such as:
Early Faculty Development Program @ Cornell University
Research Mentorship Program with Cornell Professor
Curriculum Development Mentorship Program
Academic Leadership Mentorship Programs with Academic Leaders at Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania
MEET THE LIVING REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR EXCEL VALUES
We’re the #PeopleOfVinUni— faculty and staff representing the core values of VinUnians, EXCEL. We come from diverse communities and cultures, and together, we strive to realize our dream of building an excellent university and developing talents for future. That’s our mission, and these are our stories.
Jason Picard, PhD
Assistant Professor of Vietnamese History and Culture, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Nguyen Thi Mai Lan, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Business & Management
Kok-Seng Wong, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science