A Blank Slate: Building a University from Scratch

Published: 29 July 2019

Sebastian Dziallas visits from the brand new Fulbright University, Vietnam, to share his experiences of student-centred, trans-disciplinary curriculum design.

DATE: 29 July 2019
TIME: 13:00-14:00
LOCATION: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Fulbright University Vietnam is a new private, not-for-profit institution of higher education in Vietnam. As a new university, this project provides the unique opportunity of building a university from a blank slate. Fulbright is committed to developing an innovative academic program, with no departments, and embraces principles of active learning, student empowerment, and transdisciplinarity. Over the past year, faculty from different disciplines have worked together with a group of 54 students (co-designers) to develop both culture and curriculum of the institution ahead of the launch of the undergraduate program in the fall of 2019. This talk will describe the student-centered curriculum design process we engaged in and share stories about the initial course experiences we designed. It will also cover my own journey, from computing education research to working at the university.

Sebastian Dziallas is a Founding Faculty Member at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. He completed his PhD work in the Computing Education Research Group at the University of Kent. His research examines characteristics of computer science graduates and uses a highly qualitative, narrative methodology to explore the sense graduates make of their own educational experiences within their wider learning trajectories. Before joining the University of Kent, he graduated from Olin College of Engineering in the United States.

First published: 29 July 2019