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University Council

With the function of advising on university development strategy and professional work of universities, the University Council of NHG consists of 18 members including leading experts, researchers and educators with extensive experience in the field of university.

NHG University Council will decide the development orientation of the university affairs, the development strategies and annual operational plans of the universities.

Directly under the University Council: University Department


Associate Professor, Dr. Thai Ba Can

Deputy CEO, university development affairs​ - Standing Vice President of University Council

A member of the standing committee of Vietnam Mechanics Association and Chairman of HCMC Mechanics Association.

Doctorate of solid mechanics at Bacu General University (Soviet Union).

Associate Professor, Dr. Thai Ba Can has been teaching since 1976 and holding many positions of senior management in education.

Associate Professor, Dr. Thai Ba Can was the principal of the HCMC University of Technology and Education, vice president of the Vietnam Mechanics Association (2003-2013), president of Hong Bang International University (2015-2018).


Dr. Dinh Quang Nuong

Deputy CEO

Dr. Dinh Quang Nuong holds a PhD in math & computer science from the University of Bath (UK) and received a BSc in computer engineering from the Denmark Engineering Academy.

Dr. Dinh Quang Nuong has held various senior executive positions in: banking; investment; assurance; operations; IT. With a career spanning over 30 years, he has worked in countries such as: Denmark; UK; Hong Kong; Singapore; Vietnam.


Dr. Do Manh Cuong

Deputy CEO - Member

Dr. Do Manh Cuong has more than 9 years in the position of director of research and development at the Institute for Professional Education and over 13 years of teaching and management at the HCMC Pedagogical University.


Dr. Tran Xuan Thao

Deputy CEO - Member

Dr. Tran Xuan Thao holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania (USA), a master’s degree in English language teaching from the University of Canberra (Australia) and a bachelor’s degree from the Hue College of Education.

He was the director of the Fulbright Program in Vietnam. Since 1998, he has served on many professional education administrations in many organizations, institutions and universities.

He was awarded the State Honorary Certificate of Excellence by the US Department of State.


Associate Professor, Dr. Ho Thanh Phong

Deputy CEO, President of Hong Bang International University (HIU)​ - Member

Associate Professor Dr. Ho Thanh Phong has 36 years of experience in education at university level.

He was principal of the International University (VNU-HCMC), deputy director of management board of HCMC Hi-tech Park, head of training department of VNU-HCMC and deputy principal of the University of Technology (VNU-HCMC).

He was awarded many noble titles for his contributions in national education, including the Teacher of People (2018) and Labor Medal 2.


Professor, Dr. Mai Hong Quy

Former President of Hoa Sen University (HSU)​ - Member

Professor, Dr. Mai Hong Quy graduated from the General University of Lomonosov, Law major.

With 30-year experience in higher education, Professor, Dr. Mai Hong Quy had many contributions as the president of University of Law (2006-2018) and currently the president of Hoa Sen University (HSU) in 2017-2022 term. In addition, Professor, Dr. Mai Hong Quy is also an arbitrator of the Vietnam International Arbitration Center and a standing member of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Lawyers' Association.

She was awarded many honors at state level, such as: certificates of merit from prime minister, chairman of HCMC People’s Committee, minister of MoET in many continuous years; the medal of “For the Youth”; the medal of “For Education”; the title of “Teacher of Excellence” (2012) and labor medal class III (2016); etc.


Professor, Dr. Nguyen Loc

President of Ba Ria – Vung Tau University (BVU)​ - Member

Professor, Dr. Nguyen Loc graduated with a Pressure Engineering in Metal Processing from National Research University of Science and Technology, Moscow and received his PhD. degree in Theory and Educational History in 1988 at the Russian Academy of Education. He was appointed Professor of Education in 2010.

Professor, Dr. Nguyen Loc has over 40 years of experience in education and training, held many national and international positions from teaching, research to education management, as well as in public and private education.

Currently, Professor, De. Nguyen Loc is a member of the Council of State Professors in Education.


Dr. Ha Huu Phuc

President of Gia Dinh University​ (GDU) - Member

Former director of the Ministry of Education and Training in Ho Chi Minh City and former deputy chief inspector of the Ministry of Education and Training.

Dr. Phuc graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the People's Police Academy, then earned a PhD in law from the Russian Ministry of Civil Affairs (Russia).

He was also a senior investigator and deputy president of the Post-graduate Training and Enhancement training department of the University of the People's Police.


Professor, Dr. Hoang Van Kiem

Former President of Ba Ria – Vung Tau University (BVU)​ - Member

Professor Dr. Hoang Van Kiem has more than 20 years working in the education field and been holding many important positions in prestigious educational systems as: head of IT department – Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Sciences; director of IT center – Ho Chi Minh City National University; principal of Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology.


Dr. Vu Thi Phuong Anh

Director of Education Quality Assurance - Member

Doctor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation (La Trobe University, Australia, 1998).

Dr. Vu Thi Phuong Anh started teaching in 1983 and has held many management positions in universities.

She has held the position of director of the Center for Testing and Quality Assessment of the National University of Ho Chi Minh City, and is currently a member of the executive board of the Viet Tesol Association (VTA).


Ms. Le Nguyen Trung Nguyen – Masters of Arts

Director of K-12 market strategy department - Member

Graduated with a master’s degree in leadership and educational management from RMIT University, she has over 17 years of experience in education with a senior management and held leadership role in many educational systems, such as: deputy director of Quality Control Center - Educational Research Institute; principal of Vietnam – Australia International School (campus 3/2) and managing director of the Mathnasium Vietnam. 

By 2016, she joined Nguyen Hoang Group as managing director of UK Academy international bilingual school, which encourages students to pursue their passion for success and to shine their light.

In February 2019, she officially became the director of K-12 marketing strategy department of NHG.


Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau

Ambassador - Member

Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau - Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Vietnam on issues of UNESCO, Vietnam representative in the Executive Board of UNESCO.