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Exploring Key Competencies of Mid-Level Academic Managers in Higher Education in Vietnam

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VNU University of Education, Vietnam National University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Hanoi National University of Education, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Vietnam Academy for Ethnic Minorities, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6818; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236818
Received: 10 October 2019 / Revised: 22 November 2019 / Accepted: 26 November 2019 / Published: 1 December 2019
Vietnamese higher education has been subjected to constant pressures and major changes in the last few decades so as to meet the country’s needs for socio-economic development and to better prepare graduates for employment and personal growth. There has been greater recognition for the role of mid-level academic managers as key contributors to effective institutional performance and success. However, an understanding of what constitutes a competent mid-level academic manager, who are heads of faculties, departments, academic offices and specialized centers, for the context of Vietnam is limited. This study employs an exploratory and mixed-method approach to identify the core competencies required for mid-level academic managers at Vietnamese higher education institutions. Findings from focus group discussions and a survey conclude five professional domains for effective mid-level academic management and sustainable development yet, in the meantime, reveal the gap between institutional expectations and the actual competencies of academic heads as perceived by academic heads themselves, their supervisors and their team members. View Full-Text
Keywords: competency; heads of department; mid-level academic managers; mid-level management; higher education; sustainable development competency; heads of department; mid-level academic managers; mid-level management; higher education; sustainable development
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Pham, T.V.; Nghiem, T.T.; Nguyen, L.M.T.; Mai, T.X.; Tran, T. Exploring Key Competencies of Mid-Level Academic Managers in Higher Education in Vietnam. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6818.

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