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Our structure

Gain an understanding of the structure of our organisation and learn how different parts of our university work together towards common goals.


Prof. Duncan Bentley – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)

Professor Duncan Bentley was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in November 2016. In this role, he has responsibility for the planning, quality and delivery of the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs. Previously in 2016, Professor Bentley held the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International). In that role, he had oversight of the international portfolio and the global engagement strategy of the University. This included establishing deep engagement with international partners, growing a vibrant and diverse international student body both in Melbourne and around the globe, and harnessing the substantial capability of Swinburne staff to enhance the University’s global economic and social impact.

Professor Bentley has held senior executive positions in public, private and dual-sector universities across Australia for nearly twenty years. He is one of the leading international scholars in taxpayers’ rights, a Fellow of the Academy of Law and an Honorary Fellow of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners. Professor Bentley plays an active role in professional and community bodies and has served as a director of a several not-for-profit and start-up companies.

Dr. Nguyen Khac Thanh – Rector of FPT University

He joined the software at FPT in 1991 and participated in establishing and operating the FPT-Aptech International Programmer Training System in 1999. He is the Vice President of FPT University from 2006 to 2014. From 2014 up to now, he is appointed to be FPT Deputy General Director and Head of FPT Training Staff. On December 2, 2016, Dr. Nguyen Khac Thanh was approved to be Rector of FPT University at the request of FPT’s Board of Management and FPT University. Dr Nguyen Khac Thanh was a former student of mathematics at Hanoi University, graduated from university and received a doctorate in Mathematics in 1990 at Lomonoxop University (Russia).

Executive Team

Prof. Monica Kennedy – Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)

Professor Monica Kennedy joined Swinburne as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) in May 2017. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) is responsible for Swinburne’s international educational partnerships including transnational education and global mobility. In this role, Monica is focused on developing new partnerships as well as broadening and deepening current relationships with high-quality university partners. Monica holds a PhD in Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Her expertise is in partnership with management in higher education.

Dr. Hoang Viet Ha – Executive Director of Swinburne Vietnam

Dr Hoang Viet Ha graduated PhD in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Sydney, Australia. He joined Baoviet Insurance Group as Chief Operations Officer (2000-2014) and then have worked for FPT Group since 2014 as Chief Operations Officer (2014-2017). Since 2017, he has joined FPT Education as Vice President (International) and fully operated as Chief Executive of Swinburne Vietnam. The research interest of Dr Hoang is on Management and Operation; he also works as an industry mentor for students and executives. Dr Hoang has significant experiences from both academia and industry.

Dr. Kelly Cassidy – Academic Director Swinburne Vietnam

Dr Cassidy was awarded a Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management (first class honors), and a PhD from Griffith University (Gold Coast campus). Kelly was the recipient of a Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) scholarship bursary and Award for Excellence for her PhD. Kelly has been employed at Swinburne University (Hawthorn) since 2012, lecturing and mentoring final year students in the Faculties of Business and Law and Health, Arts and Design. In an effort to enhance the student experience, Kelly has established and maintained an extensive industry network in Melbourne and is hoping to do the same here in Hanoi. 

Ms. Carolyn Chong – Dean Educational Partnerships of Swinburne

Carolyn Chong is responsible for the implementation of the University’s new strategic educational partnerships. Carolyn is an international education specialist with twenty-five years’ experience in the schools, vocational education and higher education sectors. She has led and managed many aspects of international education including transnational education management and academic delivery, international relations, international student marketing, recruitment, admissions, student services, compliance, market research, scholarships, student mobility, international development projects and pathways. Her keen interest lies in international partnership development for student mobility and academic programs and her work has brought her to thirty-four countries across the globe. Carolyn holds bachelor’s degrees in business and psychology and a master’s degree in communications from Griffith University.

Dr. Truong Cong Duan – Head of Academic Development Swinburne Vietnam

Dr Truong Cong Duan is the head of Academic  Development of Swinburne Vietnam. Prior to joining Swinburne Vietnam in 2019, Dr Duan led the Development Division for Higher Education Program of FPT University. He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy of Physics at Osaka University in 2008.

Academic Team

Assoc. Prof. James Roffee – Associate Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr James Roffee is an Associate Professor of Law, and Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology. James leads the Faculty’s international portfolio; this includes strategic and operational responsibility for delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate transnational education, student mobility and exchange, bespoke programs for industry partners, and sponsored students. Prior to joining Swinburne in 2018, James received the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence from Monash University where he held positions in the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Arts. He fosters an inclusive approach to teaching and is recognised as a leader and innovator within the field of inclusive higher education. James’s research in criminal justice and criminology concerns victimisation, hate and bias-motivated crime, and, serious violent and offences. James was appointed to the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Justice Working Group in 2017. He is frequently asked to provide his expert opinion and advice on matters of crime and public safety concerning the marginalised communities and his research has received the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Safer Communities.

Prof. Prasuna Reddy – Associate Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Prasuna Reddy ensures that the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and the University are well-positioned for enduring collaboration in international relationships and educational partnerships, including embedding an explicit international dimension in our engagement commitment; supporting delivery of an international curriculum and student experience; enhancing high-impact research and graduate programs through targeted international collaboration; and building an inclusive organisational culture that supports and values diversity and international engagement.

Prasuna has an exceptionally strong history of executive leadership in both academic and health services in organisational settings. Her executive positions have included Director of the Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health, Professor of Mental Health Services Research and Innovation in the University of Newcastle Faculty of Health and Medicine; Director of Health Services Implementation Research in the Centre for Population Health Deakin University; Clinical Professor and Convenor of Ethics, Law and Professional Practice at Deakin Medical School; and Professor and Director of Research, Flinders University School of Medicine and Public Health. Professor Redd has an extensive background in postgraduate public health and organisational psychology teaching, research and practice, behavioural health interventions, implementation and improvement science, health services research, policy and practice, population health research, and models of integrated healthcare.

Prof. Sivanes Phillipson – Associate Dean, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Sivanes Phillipson is Associate Dean International and Professor of Education at the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Education, Monash University. At Swinburne, she leads the Faculty of Health Arts and Design’s internationalisation and transnational education strategies. Sivanes has a PhD in Education along with a teaching qualification, and Law and Arts Honours degrees. Her research interest and experience focus on family studies in particular parental involvement and expectations of culturally and linguistically diverse and disadvantaged children. Sivanes’ research expertise comprises of mixed method approaches with an emphasis on quantitative methods and analysis including Rasch modelling, meta-analysis and structural equation modelling. Sivanes has supervised 20 higher degree students to completion at Monash, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Institute of Education and University of Tasmania (as adjunct Research Fellow) since 2008. In 2017-18 alone, Sivanes has had five PhD completions (three as Main Supervisor) at Monash University. At Swinburne, she supervisors PhD students in the area of family engagement in the early years, early mathematical learning and parent-school partnerships in the international school sector.