People

Meet our team

 

Julia Gaimster

Professor Julia Gaimster

Head of School

Professor Julia Gaimster is Head of the School of Design & Communication and is responsible for ensuring the quality and currency of the school's portfolio of courses. Her background is in Fashion and her previous roles include: Professor of Practice and Associate Head of School at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong PoluY and Associate Dean of the School of Design & Technology, London College of Fashion. Professor Gaimster holds a Master of Design from The Royal College of Art, a Doctorate of Education from The University of Surrey and is a Fellow of the Textile Institute. She has worked on international projects funded by UNIDO, the British Council and European Union. In 2019 she directed the first "Vietnam Festival of Media and Design" in Hanoi. 

Snr. Lecturer Farida Kbar

Senior Program Manager, Professional Communication

Farida Kbar has over 25 years helping businesses and brands develop, execute, and implement their communications strategies in global advertising agencies and in her own award-winning US-based agency. Before joining RMIT Vietnam in June 2018, she taught courses in the field of communications at many universities such as Columbia University (1989-2000) and Miami International University of Art & Design (2008-2010). She holds degrees in Mathematics (BS), Psychology (MA) and Psychometrics (PhD, Columbia U., NY).

 

Mr. Martin Constable

Program Manager, Digital Media

Martin Constable has taught at a range of British art schools: Central St. Martin's, Royal College of Art, Ruskin College (Oxford) and Wimbledon. For 14 years he taught at Goldsmiths' College (University of London) where he coordinated the Visual Art Extension Degree Program. In Singapore, he taught both undergraduates and postgraduates at Nanyang Technological University.

 

Mr. Loc Pham

Program Manager, Languages

Dr. Loc Pham received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011. He served as the Vice President of Hoa Sen University before moving to CET Vietnam, a program that brings students from the United States to Vietnam for a credit-based semester. Dr. Loc Pham has published papers and essays in postcolonial studies, gender studies, and translation studies. Recently, Dr. Loc Pham has been working on the field of happiness and social-emotional learning as part of his new academic interest.

 

Dr. Nicholas Cope

Program Manager, Digital Film and Video

Dr. Nick Cope is a practising digital film and video maker and academic, with twenty years experience teaching media production in British universities and more recently as Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China. The exploration of the close relationship of sound and moving image is central to Nick’s research and he completed a PhD in 2012 examining the contexts for his practical work. He also writes about this practice and its contexts in academic journals and publications, and has engaged widely with practice-based research agendas in both the UK and Australia. An archive of work is online at www.nickcopefilm.com. 

 

 

Ms. Huong Nguyen

School Manager

As School Manager of SCD, Ms. Huong Nguyen is responsible for the effective leadership and management of all non-academic services within the school and is focused on supporting and enhancing School activities including research, teaching & learning programs, and student experience in general. She joined RMIT in 2016 as Student Administration Manager, overseeing the full student lifecycle from initial enrollment to final graduation. Before joining RMIT, Huong held various senior management positions in the education field in Vietnam, including at VUS, Mathnasium and ILA.

 

Mr. Patrice Crespy

Program Manager, Design Studies

Patrice Crespy has been teaching Interactive Design and Media at the Gobelins School of Animation in Paris, and at the Glasgow Caledonian University, in Scotland before joining RMIT Vietnam less than a year ago. He has been working in the video game industry since 2006, where he was a Lead Designer, and a Senior Producer. Patrice holds an MA by research in Information and Communication Sciences. He is currently a doctoral student in Media Studies.

 

Dr. Nina Yiu

Program Manager, Fashion

Dr. Nina Yiu has taught in Higher Education since 2006, teaching a wide variety of fashion design, merchandising, buying, marketing and creative subjects. Prior to commencing teaching, Dr. Yiu had extensive working experience for dept. stores and in broadcasting in the fields of fashion design, buying and merchandising in USA, Hong Kong and China as well as focusing on the promotion of sustainable development for non-profit making organizations in Hong Kong. Dr. Yiu holds BA (Hons) in Textiles/Fashion Design (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), an MBA in Fashion Business (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and an EdD in Educational Psychology (The Chinese University of Hong Kong).