Country of Origin
Country of Residence
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Before coming to Tampere in December 2016, I lived in Belgium, New Zealand and Joensuu, Finland where I worked as a researcher at the University of Eastern Finland.
What would you like to tell about yourself?
I dream and do and I like to inspire people to do the same. As a people person, I love meeting, talking, working with people from different walks of life. Being a language learner and teacher, I can’t have enough of reading, listening to audio books, learning new languages, exploring different cultures and experiencing new ways of life either through study, work or travel. On a daily basis, I also enjoy baking and doing yoga followed by sauna and ice-cream. I often find myself involved in different volunteer work and community services and I like to see myself and to get people around me to do our best parts in making our world a better place for everyone.
What makes Tampere special for you?
Tampere has a lot to offer and one can enjoy nature and its constantly-developing city life together with so many opportunities to grow personally and professionally. One thing that makes Tampere different is perhaps the people who are getting more and more internationally-minded. On a personal note, it is the place where I found myself a cozy home and made lovely friends from my own country and around the world.
Tell about your professional activities?
Before moving to Finland, I used to work at the University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University and at the British Council in Hanoi, Vietnam, English Language Partners and Unitec Early Learning Centre in New Zealand.
I am an English language teacher, teacher trainer, and researcher currently working from a distance. My job allows me to do my own doctoral research in English language teachers’ digital literacy professional while teaching university students who are or will be teachers of foreign languages in the future. Having a growing passion for English language teaching and teacher education, I’ve always been looking for opportunities to combine my professional development and personal fulfilment.
What is your involvement in international activities?
As part of my job at the university, I get to take courses, go to different conferences, work with different universities in Finland and other countries for professional development and collaboration.
I strongly advocate for inclusiveness and equity in education in general and in English language teaching and teacher employment in particular. I also founded the Facebook group of English language teachers in Finland to provide a platform for English language teachers in Finland to connect, to support one another, and to grow with each other in the profession.
For the love of my mother tongue and its culture, I created a Facebook group in the hope to find out effective ways to teach and nurture the Vietnamese language and culture of families living in different countries. Also, I am a member of the special interest group of Less commonly taught languages and CALL in EuroCALL conference.
Apart from these, I am a volunteer helping organise the very first TEDx in Tampere and working at AIESEC Tampere to organise international projects including the Global.Me and Global Homes in Tampere and the wider Pirkanmaa region.
What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?
I would like to share my own experiences living and working here in Tampere and in Finland as far and wide as possible. Also, I am willing to join hands building strong networks and support systems for international as well as Finnish people to better work and live together.
What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
One can already see Tampere has so many potentials becoming a forerunner city in various sectors, especially in business and education. This smart and fast-growing city has apparently been making all changes possible towards its vision of an international industrial city and the talents it has been attracting will definitely contribute to realising its potentials.