Curtin Malaysia appoints new Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science

Miri – 13 January 2020 – Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) has appointed Professor Vu Tuong Thuy as the new Dean of its Faculty of Engineering and Science.

Professor Vu brings to the position a wealth of university experience spanning some 20 years. He has held academic, research and senior administrative positions in leading institutions of higher learning in Japan, Sweden, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Prior to this appointment, Professor Vu worked as a researcher at the Disaster Mitigation Research Center, Chiba University and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Kobe, Chiba and Tsukuba in Japan, respectively.

 After three years of teaching at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, he joined the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in 2011 where he became an Associate Professor and was appointed the Deputy Head, then Head of the campus’ Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department.

In 2017, he joined Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as its Dean of Science and Engineering and Director of its Center for Research Development and Support. In August 2018, he was appointed Vice-President of Hoa Sen University.

Professor Vu’s teaching interests cover a wide range of subject areas, including geoinformatics, data analytics, environmental sciences and earth sciences, whilst his research has been mainly related to remote sensing and geographic information technology, focusing on big data analytics and their applications to environmental management. He is the author of more than 80 international publications on related subjects, and was a recipient of the 2005 Survey Technology Award of Japan.

In addition, he was conferred the title of Docent by the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, which is equivalent to an Associate Professorship, in 2014.

Professor Vu is currently the Asia Chair of Geo For All, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation’s Committee for Educational outreach that works in close collaboration with various partners worldwide to make geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all.  He is also a council member of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET).

Among Professor Vu’s aims as the new Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science are continuing the development of the strength and quality in the degree programmes offered, and significantly increasing the research of the Faculty.

He will also be looking at enhancing the total student experience, providing students with richly interactive and personalised learning experiences and effective new teaching and engagement approaches, and equipping them with leadership skills for the future.

“I am excited to join Curtin Malaysia, Curtin’s largest international campus and pioneer in delivering Australian degrees in the region, and bring my extensive international experience as an academic, researcher and administrator to the role. I am looking forward to working with the team here to further strengthen our teaching and research quality,” remarked Professor Vu.

Professor Vu Tuong Thuy, Curtin Malaysia’s new Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science.