From the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who attended the Board Community meeting on Tuesday November 5th.

UNIS Board Community Meeting

Details of the presentation can be found here.

  • Board Chair Amie Pollack introduced the 2019-2020 Board members and briefly outlined Board roles and goals for the year. 
  • Treasurer Hieu Nguyen provided an introduction to the 2020-2021 school budget, the members and objectives of the Finance Committee and details of the budget planning  process including benchmarking data. The budget for 2020-2021 includes provision for another counsellor in the high school to cater to increased college applications as well as social emotional support. 
  • Jane McGee – Head of School provided details on the Board approved Library Renovation work and campus buildings assessment (See the article below for more information). The full assessment report will help prioritise needs for further campus development, once the necessary capital reserves are in place.  
  • Finally Jane McGee provided some details on the following; UNIS Hanoi will be working to define the Next Strategic Plan with community workshops scheduled with a consultant the 28th and 29th November. All those interested in participating should write to Maeve O’Donovan bodadministrator@unishanoi.org  
  • A summary of the meeting including questions and answers can be found here 

Amie Pollack, PhD.
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Library Renovation Works

I am delighted to announce that at the 22 October Board Meeting, the Board unanimously voted to approve Library Renovation works. The approved funds ($585,000) will go towards the following;

New furniture (hard and soft furnishings), new library entry for MS and HS students, new meeting rooms for collaboration, new carpet and blinds and updated electrical work, paint, and HVAC system.

Some design concepts can be seen below. 

The renovation works are scheduled to take place during the 2020 Summer Break.

Campus Assessment Study

Campus Development was paused following the completion of Phase 3A in 2017 to allow students and staff a rest from the building fences and to work to replenish capital reserves. Original campus buildings were constructed in time for UNIS Hanoi to move to the Ciputra campus back in August 2004. In view of the age of some of the buildings the Board has determined the need for a campus assessment study to review structures, roofs, electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, fire systems, etc. The study will help determine the lifespan of existing structures and will provide a basis for future plans. The Board approved this campus assessment study at the 22 October Board meeting. The results of the campus assessment and its impact on future capital expenditures will be shared with the community when completed. 

Sincerely,

Amie Pollack

Board of Directors Community Meeting – November 5

Please join us for the Board of Directors Community Meeting on 5th November 2019 at 18.30.

You are cordially invited to attend the Board of Directors Community Meeting which will be held on Tuesday 5th November, 2019  starting at 18.30.  The meeting will be held in UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts (B10, upstairs) Black Box 1 & 2. 

A reception will begin at 18.30 at which you can meet with UNIS Hanoi Board members. Wine, beer, soft drinks and light food refreshments will be available.

The formal meeting will start at 19:00 and will include the following:

  • Introduction to Members of the Board of Directors 2019-2020
  • Board Goals and Committees/Task Forces for the Year
  • Comprehensive Financial Update to include:
    • Overview of international school financing
    • Country and regional economic factors
    • Programme and staffing requirements

Proposed 2020-2021 Budget to include details of anticipated tuition and capital fees

  • New Strategic Plan for 2020-2023 – an update from the strategy task force on progress to date

To prepare for and effectively respond to your questions, please send me in advance any specific Board or Governance questions you would like us to address at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.

 

Are you a strategic thinker? Do you have a long term vision for our school?

The Strategic Plan Task Force SPTF is planning a Community Workshop on the 28th and 29th of November 2019. Working with Strategic Planning Consultant Dr Stephen Holmes, the task force would like to invite members of our community to share their hopes and dreams for the future of UNIS and to help drive innovative thinking for our next strategic plan. Our aim is to ensure our community workshop will include parents, students, faculty and staff representing our diverse community at UNIS Hanoi. If you are interested in contributing and participating in this Strategic Plan Community Workshop, and can commit to two full days –  Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November (and possibly a third day in March 2020) please send your details to Maeve O’Donovan bodadministrator@unishanoi.org with a short statement of interest.

Our goal will be to have a community task force comprised of members from our community that represent our diversity, including culture, gender, language, school level (ES, MS & HS) and length of time at the school – new, mid and long term parents. 

We value your input and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Amie Pollack
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Board of Directors Community Meeting – November 5

Please join us for the Board of Directors Community Meeting on November 5, 2019 at 18.30.

You are cordially invited to attend the Board of Directors Community Meeting which will be held on Tuesday 5th November, 2019  starting at 18.30.  The meeting will be held in UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts (B10, upstairs) Black Box 1 & 2. 

A reception will begin at 18.30 at which you can meet with UNIS Hanoi Board members. Wine, beer, soft drinks and light food refreshments will be available.

The formal meeting will start at 19:00 and will include the following:

  • Introduction to Members of the Board of Directors 2019-2020
  • Board Goals and Committees/Task Forces for the Year
  • Comprehensive Financial Update to include:
    1. Overview of international school financing
    2. Country and regional economic factors
    3. Programme and staffing requirements

Proposed 2020-2021 Budget to include details of anticipated tuition and capital fees

  • New Strategic Plan for 2020-2023 – an update from the strategy task force on progress to date

To prepare for and effectively respond to your questions, please send me in advance any specific Board or Governance questions you would like us to address at: boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.

Sincerely,

Amie Pollack
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Governance as Leadership Training Institute at UNIS Hanoi

Over the 7-8 September weekend, the Board hosted the sixth Governance as Leadership Training Institute for international school board members and administrators from the South East Asia Region and beyond. 

The Training Workshop is designed to help boards and their school heads work together to improve the level of governance at their schools.The importance of this annual event is reflected in the number of new delegates who choose to travel from as far away as New Delhi and  Oman as well as those schools who continue to return every year for this unique training opportunity.  

Governance as Leadership
Training Institute 2019 @ UNIS Hanoi
New Returning Total
Number of Schools Attending 5 19 24
Board Members 63 26 89
Senior Administrator 11 20 31
Board Chair pre-conference
(Friday afternoon)- second year
6 9 15
Head of School pre-conference
(Friday afternoon) – new this year
16 16

The Conference was again led by William P. Ryan, faculty member from the Executive Education Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bambi Betts, Director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership. Dr Chip Barder (ex-Head of School UNIS Hanoi 2008 – 2018) also rejoined the training workshop this year as a co-facilitator.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Head of School and Advancement Office for the extensive planning required to bring such a big group of delegates together. I would also like to extend my appreciation to our dedicated UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors who gave up their Saturday and Sunday to attend this workshop.

Sincerely,

Amie Pollack

From the Board of Directors

New UN Board Members for UNIS Hanoi

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr Cristiana Sparacino – an economist with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been appointed to the Board by the United Nations Resident Coordinator. Dr Cristiana Sparacino joins Le Thanh Forsberg and Louis Vigneault Dubois as our UN appointed Board members. 

Please join me in welcoming Dr Cristiana Sparacino to the UNIS Hanoi Board. 

Cristiana Sparacino (UN Appointed) Cristiana was appointed to the Board in August 2019. Cristiana is an economist with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Her work involves the design and delivery of agricultural and rural investment programmes mainly based in West and Central Africa, but also in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.  Projects have included natural resources management, agricultural production, food value chains development, community-driven development, and gender equality. In addition to this work, Cristiana has been coordinating and lecturing in the Rural Development Module of the Master’s in Human Development and Food Security in the Faculty of Economics at the Universita’ di Roma III. Cristiana has a PhD in Institutions, Agriculture and Policies for Economic Development from the Faculty of Economics, University of Rome, La Sapienza, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, as well as a Master’s degree in Economics from La Sapienza.

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

Message from UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to welcome all new and returning parents, students, faculty and staff to the 2019-2020 school year. We are delighted to have all of you in our school community this year.

For those new to UNIS Hanoi, the Board has six main tasks:

  1. Hire, nurture and evaluate the Head of School who is responsible for the day to day management of the School
  2. Develop strategic plans, ensure their implementation and monitor progress
  3. Develop and approve school policy
  4. Ensure the financial health of the School
  5. Lead and support the annual Governance as Leadership Training Institute at UNIS Hanoi
  6. Provide leadership to support and drive institutional fundraising

Our specific goals for this year include the following:

  1. Complete the next Strategic Management Plan by May 2020
  2. Continue to provide Financial Oversight of the School
  3. Governance Training and Leadership
  4. Fundraising Leadership 

Regular Board updates are provided throughout the year via the Tin Tuc or direct email.

In the coming weeks I will provide greater detail on Board composition for 2019-2020 and information about our Board community meetings this year.

In the meantime, our best wishes to everyone for a wonderful year!

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

Message from the Board of Directors

Officers of the Board for 2019-2020

I am delighted to announce that the following Board officers were approved for the 2019-2020 school year:  

Board Officers/Executive Committee
Board Chair: Dr. Amie Pollack
Vice Chair: Ms. Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Treasurer: Mr. Hieu Nguyen
Secretary: Mr. Louis Vigneault Dubois

The 2019-2020 UNIS Board of Directors and officers assumed their duties following the board meeting on June 4th. Board officers serve in that capacity for one year.

Departure of UN Appointed Board Member

The Board would like to thank Paul Priest  for his dedicated years of service on the Board. Paul will be returning to Australia with his family to take on a new position there. Paul was appointed to the Board in November 2016 and has served on both the Campus Development Task Force and the Committee on Directors. We are grateful to Paul for his strong advocacy of the SDGs and their incorporation into all aspects of our school.  We look forward to welcoming a newly appointed UN Board member after the summer.

A Call for Volunteers for 2019-2020

Before we all head in different directions over the summer, I would like to ask you to consider volunteering at the school next year.

The Board of Directors at UNIS Hanoi are all volunteers and we depend upon other members of the community to volunteer their time and talents for the benefit of the School. There are many ways you can help the school. The following are some examples:

  • Class parent representative
  • School Community Organisation (SCO)
  • Booster Club
  • Spring Fair
  • Helping new families on orientation day at the start of the school year
  • Volunteering for a Board committee or task force

If you would like to volunteer on a Board committee or task force next year, please send your CV and bio to Board of Directors Administrator, Maeve O’Donovan, at bodadministrator@unishanoi.org.

Have a wonderful summer

Thank you to the Board, Committee and Task Force members and everyone who contributed to making 2018-2019 another wonderful year. Safe travels, we look forward to welcoming you back in August. And best of luck to those families leaving Hanoi this summer. We wish you well and encourage you to keep in contact via our Alumni network.

Have a great summer!

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

From the Board of Directors – New Board Appointments

At the 14th May Board meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Amie Pollack (parent elected 2015-2019) to the Board appointed position becoming vacant in June as Barry Knaggs completes his third and final term on the Board. Amie’s second term will run from 2019-2023.

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa was re-appointed to the Board for a second term of four years (2019-2023).

United Nations Resident coordinator Kamal Malhotra has appointed Dr. Le Thanh Forsberg to replace Dr. Catherine Phuong who will step down in June. Dr. Forsberg is appointed for a four-year term 2019-2023. The Board would like to welcome Le Thanh Forsberg, and looks forward to working with her.

Le Thanh Forsberg joined the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office as UN Results and Partnerships Specialist in August 2018. Prior to joining the UN in Vietnam, she served as a research advisor and anti-corruption policy specialist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Stockholm, Sweden. Before joining SIDA, Ms. Forsberg was an Oxford-Princeton Global Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow where she focused on health policy research. She holds a Ph.D. from Lund University and the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. Le Thanh has three children at UNIS.

Recognition for Two Departing Board Members

Barry Knaggs (Board Member 2009 – 2019)

The Board would like to recognise the outstanding contribution of Mr. Barry Knaggs. Barry joined the Board in 2009, served as the Board Secretary in 2010, chair of the Advancement Task Force and member of the Strategy Task Force in 2010-2011, chair of the Buildings & Facilities Committee and member of the Strategy Task Force, Advancement Task Force and Committee on Directors in 2011-12 and Vice Chair of the Board 2011- 2013. He was Chair of the Campus Development Task Force from 2014-2018, has served on the Executive Committee since 2015 and is Treasurer this year.

Barry has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, starting from being a software developer to project management, moving on to sales, business development and corporate IT management in Vietnam. His daughter graduated from UNIS in 2017 and his 2 younger children are current students at UNIS.

We are grateful for Barry’s dedication and long-standing service to UNIS!

 

Dr. Catherine Phuong

The Board would like to thank Catherine Phuong for her dedicated work on the Board 2017-2019. Catherine has served as a UN-appointed member. She joined the Board as soon as she arrived in Hanoi in September 2017, leaving unpacked boxes to attend the 2-Day Board meeting. She has been an active contributor at Board meetings and attended the East Asia Region Council of Schools Leadership Conference with the Board. Catherine was member of the Fundraising Task Force during 2018-2019 where she particularly contributed to reviewing the ethical framework for major donations and defining the Impact Fund for next year. Catherine Phuong is French and works for the United Nations Development Programme as Assistant Country Director – Governance and Participation.

Thank you to Catherine for all her valuable contributions!

From the Board of Directors

Annual General Meeting and Parent Election 2019

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 7 May, 2019. A copy of the Board End of Year Report 2018-2019 can be found here and a meeting summary can be found here.

The AGM presentation included a financial update as well as details of the work of the Fundraising Task Force this year. The current strategic management plan `Strategy 2020’ will conclude next year and Board Secretary Louis Vigneault Dubois provided details on the work that has been undertaken this year and will continue next year to help define the next strategic management plan. The community exercise invited discussion and ideas to put towards the next strategic plan.

New Parent Elected Board Member – Maria S. Chung

The Board takes pleasure in announcing that Maria S. Chung is the winner of the parent election 2019. Maria will assume her Board duties in June and will serve a term of 4 years 2019-2023. We are delighted to welcome Maria to the Board and we look forward to working with her. Please read her bio here.

The Board would also like to sincerely thank Zeynel Kasapoglu for presenting his candidacy in the parent election 2019.

Board of Directors Annual General Meeting

You are warmly invited to attend the Board of Directors Annual General Meeting (AGM)

on Tuesday 7 May in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre, upstairs rooms 115 & 116 .

There will be a reception from 18:30; canapés, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available.

The formal meeting will commence at 19.00.

The agenda for the evening will include an introduction to the Board of Directors, results from the Parent Election, updates from our committees and task force on the work they have been doing this year and a community exercise linked to planning for our next strategic management plan.                                                              

If you have any specific questions you would like us to address, please send them in advance to the Board Chair at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.

We look forward to your company,

Dr Amie Pollack,
Board Chair

Board Annual General Meeting – 7 May

You are warmly invited to attend the Board of Directors Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, 7 May in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre, upstairs rooms 115 & 116.

There will be a reception from 18:30; canapés, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. The formal meeting will commence at 19.00.

The agenda for the evening will include an introduction to the Board of Directors, results from the Parent Election, updates from our committees and task force on the work they have been doing this year and a community exercise linked to planning for our next strategic management plan.                                                              

If you have any specific questions you would like us to address, please send them in advance to the Board Chair at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.

We look forward to your company,

Dr Amie Pollack,
Board Chair

Make Your Vote in the Parent-Election today!

Voting in the Parent Election 2019 is now on and will continue until next Friday 26 April at 12 noon. We encourage all parents to review the bios of our two candidates Maria S. Chung and Zeynel Kasapoglu (see bios below) and to make their vote via the online voting link sent to your email from UNIS Voting. Your voting link includes a brief intro to the two candidates, their photo, and attached bios in English, Vietnamese and Korean. Voting is anonymous and managed via a third party voting software Scholastico Ecoballot. If you experience any difficulty with voting please send an email directly to smit@unishanoi.org .

The community will have an opportunity to meet with the two candidates at the Community Meeting with Head of School on Tuesday 23 April 08.15 – 09.15. As well as other agenda items, candidates will be invited to introduce themselves and to explain why they have chosen to seek election.  

Results of the election will be announced at the Board Annual General Meeting 7 May.

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Board Vice Chair

 

 

 

Name: Maria S. Chung

Nationality: American 
Grade of child: Daughter, K2
Arrived in Hanoi: 2009
Expects to live in Hanoi: Long term

Click here for Maria’s personal statement in English, Vietnamese and Korean

 Personal Statement:

As a parent, international attorney and committed volunteer at UNIS, I have had a wealth of professional and personal training in listening and advocacy. When I first embarked on my legal career in the US, I worked as a City Prosecutor representing over 50 government agencies within the state of California, while serving on the Board of Korean-American Democratic Committee and the Korean-American Community Lawyers Association. For the last 10 years, I have been practicing law in Vietnam in the areas of international arbitration, corporate compliance, and general commercial matters. I am also actively involved in community and business organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the Korean Chamber of Business, and Board of Korean Residents Association (specifically, the Education Committee).

Most recently, I started volunteering with the Fundraising Task Force at UNIS, getting to know the school community and learning about its needs. Owing to my professional training and volunteer experience, I am well prepared to navigate culturally sensitive situations and to bring about solutions when there are differing interests and opinions.

I come from a family of educators and am a passionate believer in the power of education to build a better world. Moreover, my legal training enables me to ask key questions, research viable solutions and negotiate agreeable outcomes. These skills, along with my empathy for each student and educator, will be my contributions to the UNIS Board. If given the opportunity, I look forward to promoting collaborative and open dialogues about the important issues that impact the UNIS community and working with others to secure quality education for all our students.


Name: Zeynel KasapogluNationality: Cypriot-Cyprus
Grade of children: Daughters – grade 4, 2, K2 and Son – Discovery
Arrived in Hanoi: 2009
Expects to live in Hanoi: Long termClick here for Zeynel’s personal statement in English, Vietnamese and KoreanPersonal Statement: Dear Parents, I am writing to introduce myself and seekyour support to serve the UNIS Community as a member

at the UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors.

I was born in Limassol, Cyprus but lived most of my adult life in London, United Kingdom, managing play, youth and community work projects in the London Boroughs of Islington, Wandsworth and City of Westminster Council. My work experience in Vietnam includes 3 years of lecturing in strategic management at Full- time and Executive MBA Programmes at FPT University-Hanoi Business School between 2009-2012 and the establishment and management of ILSE Education and Consulting since 2010. The centre specializes in academic English, international exams and overseas education consulting.

My motivation for this role is our four children at UNIS Hanoi who are studying at Discovery, K2 and Elementary Schools. Just like every parent at UNIS Hanoi, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best that they can be. As a parent, I am passionate about supporting the school, but when necessary, engaging in tough scrutiny since there is nothing more important than the education and welfare of our children.

Clear direction and leadership are key skills and qualities to effective school governing body and therefore a successful school. If appointed, I promise to work collaboratively to ensure that the school is not achieving for every child, but that it is constantly striving to exceed for every child.

 

Spring 2019 Parent-Election to the Board

On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to announce that Maria S. Chung and Zeynel Kasapoglu have presented their candidacy for the Parent Elect position on the UNIS Board of Directors, the term which will run from June 2019 until June 2023. As we have two candidates but only one position open, we will hold an online election from today Friday 12 April – 12 noon to Friday 26 April 2019 – 12 noon.

The community will have an opportunity to meet with the two candidates at the Community Meeting with Head of School on Tuesday 23 April 08.15 09.15 . As well as other agenda items, candidates will be invited to introduce themselves and to explain why they have chosen to seek election.  

Making your vote

Each parent should have now received an email on Friday 12 April from UNIS Hanoi with a link to their unique vote for this parent election to the Board. The unique link to vote will show both candidates’ pictures with attached personal statements in English, Vietnamese and Korean. Simply indicate which candidate you wish to vote for and submit your vote. Voting is anonymous and managed via a third party voting software Scholastico Ecoballot. If you experience any difficulty with voting please send an email directly to smit@unishanoi.org. Results will be shared with the community at the Board Annual General Meeting 7 May and in the Tin Tuc.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Maria Chung and Zeynel Kasapoglu for putting forward their candidacy.

Best regards,

Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Board Vice Chair

 

 

Name: Maria S. Chung

Nationality: American 
Grade of child: Daughter, K2
Arrived in Hanoi: 2009
Expects to live in Hanoi: Long term

Click here for Maria’s personal statement in English, Vietnamese and Korean

 Personal Statement:

As a parent, international attorney and committed volunteer at UNIS, I have had a wealth of professional and personal training in listening and advocacy. When I first embarked on my legal career in the US, I worked as a City Prosecutor representing over 50 government agencies within the state of California, while serving on the Board of Korean-American Democratic Committee and the Korean-American Community Lawyers Association. For the last 10 years, I have been practicing law in Vietnam in the areas of international arbitration, corporate compliance, and general commercial matters. I am also actively involved in community and business organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the Korean Chamber of Business, and Board of Korean Residents Association (specifically, the Education Committee).

Most recently, I started volunteering with the Fundraising Task Force at UNIS, getting to know the school community and learning about its needs. Owing to my professional training and volunteer experience, I am well prepared to navigate culturally sensitive situations and to bring about solutions when there are differing interests and opinions.

I come from a family of educators and am a passionate believer in the power of education to build a better world. Moreover, my legal training enables me to ask key questions, research viable solutions and negotiate agreeable outcomes. These skills, along with my empathy for each student and educator, will be my contributions to the UNIS Board. If given the opportunity, I look forward to promoting collaborative and open dialogues about the important issues that impact the UNIS community and working with others to secure quality education for all our students.


Name: Zeynel KasapogluNationality: Cypriot-Cyprus
Grade of children: Daughters – grade 4, 2, K2 and Son – Discovery
Arrived in Hanoi: 2009
Expects to live in Hanoi: Long termClick here for Zeynel’s personal statement in English, Vietnamese and Korean

Personal Statement:

Dear Parents, I am writing to introduce myself and seek

your support to serve the UNIS Community as a member

at the UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors.

I was born in Limassol, Cyprus but lived most of my adult life in London, United Kingdom, managing play, youth and community work projects in the London Boroughs of Islington, Wandsworth and City of Westminster Council. My work experience in Vietnam includes 3 years of lecturing in strategic management at Full- time and Executive MBA Programmes at FPT University-Hanoi Business School between 2009-2012 and the establishment and management of ILSE Education and Consulting since 2010. The centre specializes in academic English, international exams and overseas education consulting.

My motivation for this role is our four children at UNIS Hanoi who are studying at Discovery, K2 and Elementary Schools. Just like every parent at UNIS Hanoi, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best that they can be. As a parent, I am passionate about supporting the school, but when necessary, engaging in tough scrutiny since there is nothing more important than the education and welfare of our children.

Clear direction and leadership are key skills and qualities to effective school governing body and therefore a successful school. If appointed, I promise to work collaboratively to ensure that the school is not achieving for every child, but that it is constantly striving to exceed for every child.