Dr Huong Nguyen’s research focus is higher education policy, leadership, and management, speciliased in strategic research leadership and development, career management and employability of doctoral graduates, academic staff, middle level academic mangers, and university leaders, and doctoral education policies. Her high-quality research and subject-matter expertise has been widely recognized. She has published in highly regarded journals including Higher Education and Studies in Higher Education and serves on one the editorial board of the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.
Dr Nguyen has extensive experience in teaching leadership and innovation in multiple higher education contexts. In Australia, she led the development and delivery of two new interdisciplinary core units in the innovative inter-disciplinary Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management, Swinburne’s strategic course that aims to enhance PhD graduates’ project management and employability skills. In Vietnam, as one of the youngest female Deans, managing a 130-staff faculty at Hanoi University of Industry, she effectively developed the English degree program for 90 English-majored students and innovated the English language teaching programs for 30,000 non-English majored students.
Dr Nguyen earned a Master’s degree in Educational Management (2008–2009) sponsored by the Australian Government’s Leadership Awards, and a PhD degree in Higher Education Policy and Management (2010–2014), both from the University of Melbourne. She founded and lead iVANet-RDP, an online community that has connected PhD qualified Vietnamese with thousands of young Vietnamese research students. She is passionate about human development, especially interested in women empowerment and capacity building.