Dr Nghia Tran

Nghia Tran


Research School of Management

Research Fellow
Phone number
+61 2 612 51752
Room 1057, PAP Moran Bld (26B)
Research areas

Higher education; Graduate employability; Work-integrated learning; International education; Professional development.


Nghia (Andrew) Tran is Research Fellow in Higher Education Studies.  He has co-authored more than 20 academic publications in the areas of graduate employability, work-integrated learning, skills gaps, teacher education, and international education. Nghia is particularly interested in where research and student experience intersect, dominantly focusing on how to improve students’ learning experience and enhance graduates’ employability. He has published articles in prestigious journals such as Higher EducationTeaching and Teacher Education, and Education + Training. Nghia’s research has been supported by a number of research grants and scholarships including the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus scholarship, the Australian Government’s Endeavour Postgraduate Award, Vietnam’s National Foundation for Science & Technology Development, and Ton Duc Thang University’s FOSTED International Research Grant.

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Research publications


Tran, L.H.N (2019). Building soft employability skills: The case of Vietnamese universities, New York:  Routledge (link: https://www.routledge.com/Building-Soft-Skills-for-Employability-Challenges-and-Practices-in-Vietnam/Nghia/p/book/9780367227036)

Tran, L.H.N, Pham, T., Tomlinson, M, Medica, K. & Thompson (2020. Developing and utilizing employability capitals: Graduates’ strategies across labour markets, Routledge (link: https://www.routledge.com/Developing-and-Utilizing-Employability-Capitals-Graduates-Strategies/Nghia-Pham-Tomlinson-Medica-Thompson/p/book/9780367436285)

Tran, L.H.N & Tran, T. L. (2020). Students’ experience with teaching and learning reforms in Vietnamese higher education, Routledge (link: https://www.routledge.com/Students-Experiences-of-Teaching-and-Learning-Reforms-in-Vietnamese-Higher/Nghia-Tran/p/book/9780367023188).


Tran, L.H.N, Phuong, H. Y. & Tran, L.K.H. (2019). The contribution of part-time work experience to pre-service teachers’ development of graduate employability. In Gabriele I.E. Strohschen  and Kim Lewis “Competency-Based and Social-Situational Approaches for Facilitating Learning in Higher Education”, IGI Global Book.

Tran, L.H.N& Vo, P. Q. (2019). Towards greater graduate employability: Vietnamese students’ motivation and learning in imported programs, to be published in Coelen, R. & Gribble, C. “Internationalization and Employability in Higher Education”, Routledge

Tran, L. H.N & Le, T. K. (2018). Teacher identity development of non-education-degree individuals: A narrative study. In Mustafa Öztürk “Examining the Teacher Induction Process in Contemporary Education Systems”, IGI Global Book.


Tran, T. L. & Tran, L.H.N. (2020). Leadership in international education: leaders’ professional development needs and tensions, Higher Education, online first: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-019-00494-1  

Tran, T.L., Tran, L. H. N, Nguyen, M. & Ngo, M. (2020). ‘Let go of out-of-date values holding us back’: Foreign influences on teaching-learning, research and community engagement in Vietnamese universities, Cambridge Journal of Education, 50(3), 281-301. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2019.1693504  

Tran, L. H. N. (2019). Motivations for Studying Abroad and Immigration Intentions: The Case of Vietnamese Students, Journal of International Students, 9(3), 758-776. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v0i0.731  

Ajjawi, R., Tran, L.H.N., Tai, J., Boud, D., Liz, J. & Patrick, C. (2019). Aligning assessment with the needs of work-integrated learning: the challenges of authentic assessment in a complex context, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 45(2), 304-316

Tran, L.H.N & Huynh, N.T. (2019). Preservice teachers’ experiences with internship-related challenges in regional schools and their career intention: Implications for teacher education programs, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 40(2), 159-176, DOI: 10.1080/10901027.2018.1536902

Tran, L.H.N, Truong, H.G., & Vo, P.Q. (2019). At-home international education in Vietnamese universities: Impact on graduates’ employability and career prospects, Higher Education, online first, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-019-00372-w

Tran, L.H.N & Nguyen, T.M.D. (2018). Developing and validating a scale for evaluating internship-related learning outcomes, 4 Higher Education, 77(1), 1-18, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-018-0251-4

Tran, L.H.N (2018). The skills gap of Vietnamese graduates and final-year university students, Journal of Education and Work, 31 (7-8), 579-594, DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2018.1559280

Tran, L.H.N (2018). Game of blames: Higher education stakeholders’ perceptions of causes of Vietnamese graduates’ skills gap, International Journal of Educational Development, 62(2018), 302-312, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2018.07.005

Tran, T.L., Tran, L.H.N., Khuong, C., & Le, T.T.T. (2018). Language and learning advisors as a valuable but underrecognised workforce in higher education: a Bourdieuian analysis of their professional development in international education, Teaching in Higher Education, 24(6), 755-771, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2018.1499079

Tran, L.H.N, Phan, T.N.P & Tran, L.K.H (2018). Implementing the student-centred teaching approach in Vietnamese universities: The influence of leadership and management practices on teacher engagement, Educational Studies, 46(2), 188-204, DOI: 10.1080/03055698.2018.1555453

Tran, L.H.N. (2018). Vietnamese students’ learning motivations for Master’s programs: Implications for curriculum development and pedagogical practice, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 43(8), 1021-1037, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2018.1444742

Tran, L.H.N. (2017). External stakeholders’ roles and factors influencing their participation in developing generic skills for students in Vietnamese universities, Journal of Education and Work, 31(1), 72-86. DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2017.1386774.

Tran, L.H.N & Nguyen, T.M.D. (2017). Perceived outcomes of internship and influential factors: The case of Vietnamese students of Hospitality and Tourism, Education + Training, 60 (1), 69-81.

Tran, L.H.N & Huynh, N. T. (2017). Preservice teachers’ identity development during the internship, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(8), 1-15.

Tran, L.H.N. 2017. Developing employability skills via extra-curricular activities in Vietnamese universities: Student engagement and inhibitors of their engagement, Journal of Education and Work, 30 (8), 854 – 867, DOI 10.1080/13639080.2017.1349880.

Tran, L.H.N. (2017). It’s complicated: Practices and challenges of generic skills assessment in Vietnamese universities, Educational Studies, 44(2), 230-246. DOI 10.1080/03055698.2017.1347496.

Tran, L.H.N. (2017). What hinders teachers from translating their beliefs into teaching behaviours? The case of teaching generic skills in Vietnamese universities, Teaching and Teacher Education, 64(2017), 105-114.

Research grants and awards


Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (2007-2009), granted by the European Commission
Continuous quality improvement in Vietnamese universities

Endeavour Postgraduate Award (2012-2016), granted by the Australian Government
The implementation of generic skills in Vietnamese universities: Facilitators and inhibitors 

Foundation for Science and Technology (2019-2020), granted by Ton Duc Thang University
Student engagement with developing employability skills

National Foundation for Science and Technology (2019-2021), granted by the Vietnamese Government
Opportunities and conditions to attract international students to Vietnamese universities 


Best peer-reviewed conference paper granted at the 2015 International Student Advisers Network (ISANA) International Education Association Conference , Melbourne, Australia

Special Commendation for Postgraduate Student Researcher Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2015, Perth, Australia

Research engagement and outreach

Honorary research member of the Informetrics Research Group, Ton Duc Thang University


Current Teaching:

Tutor of the CBE internship program (CBEA3070/CBEA6070) and CBE Special Industry Project (CBEA3001)

Other Teaching:

Course Support for Business Communication (MGMT2100)