Urica Lopez

Division: School of English & University Pathways

Position: Director of the School of English & University Pathways (SEUP)

Location: RMIT Saigon South 

Email: urica.lopez@rmit.edu.vn

Qualification: International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM), University of Queensland, 2018 / Master of TESOL, La Trobe University, 2009 / TESOL Certificate, International TEFL & Teacher Training, 2005 / Bachelor of Arts: Political Science & Sociology, University of Southern California, 2003


Urica is an accomplished educator and leader with 21 years of experience of leadership and management in English Language Teaching (ELT) across the US, Australia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Under Urica’s leadership as Acting Director, SEUP thrived through the turbulence of COVID-19 and saw its online delivery being the fourth worldwide and the first in Vietnam to be endorsed by NEAS, the global leader in quality assurance for the ELT industry.

Previously, as Head of Department, Urica oversaw the English for University (EU) program through a period of significant growth, led the overhaul of the seven-course EU curriculum, initiated the RMIT Access program, and launched the IELTS Test Preparation program.

Her contributions to the language teaching community include co-founding the Teacher Talks series that supports Vietnamese teachers of English. She has also played a key role in developing understanding of leadership through times of change, and inclusive learning and teaching practice.

Urica is committed to student articulation and experience, innovation and best practice in ELT, and inclusive and empowering leadership.

As a member of the Vietnam Leadership Team and in collaboration with RMIT Training in Melbourne, Urica will provide strategic leadership to evolve and deliver pathways in Vietnam and contribute to the University’s position as a leader in digitally enhanced learning.