New faculty dean appointed

  • Education
  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2020

CURTIN University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) has appointed Prof Vu Tuong Thuy (pic) as the new dean of its Faculty of Engineering and Science.

Vu brings a wealth of experience spanning some 20 years. He has held academic, research and senior administrative positions in tertiary institutions in Japan, Sweden, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Prior to this appointment, he worked as a researcher at the Disaster Mitigation Research Centre, 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 its 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 Centre for Research Development and Support. In August 2018, he was appointed university vice president.

Vu’s teaching interests cover a wide range of areas including geoinformatics, data analytics, environmental sciences and earth sciences. His research is mainly related to remote sensing and geographic information technology, focusing on big data analytics and the 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 professor.

Vu is 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 to all.

He is a council member of the Asean Academy of Engineering and Technology.

“I am excited to join Curtin Malaysia and bring my experiences to the role, ” he said.

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