UNIS Hanoi Advisory Council

In 2011, the Board established an Advisory Council to support long-term strategic planning for the school. The aims of the Advisory Council include the following:

  1. Strengthen the organisational relationship to the United Nations (UN), with the UN Resident Coordinator serving as Chair of the Advisory Council.
  2. Establish and mobilize relationships with key stakeholders in the UNIS Hanoi community including the Government of Vietnam, Diplomatic Community, Business Community, International and Local NGO Community, Vietnamese Community and educational leaders.
  3. Enhance and strengthen the visibility and status of the school with influential people providing advice, support, counsel, and ideas for strategy, positioning and advancement towards building a great school in Hanoi, Vietnam and internationally.

Over the years, UNIS Hanoi has worked to engage this influential group with discussions on a range of topics from shifting landscapes in international school competition to UNIS Hanoi’s unique role and contributions to Vietnam. Each meeting is organised around a dinner and discussion topic and we are grateful to the 20+ members who have attended these gatherings over the years.

Last year the Advisory Council met twice – first in April to introduce visiting HOS elect Jane McGee to our Advisory Council key stakeholders and more recently in December 2018 where discussion focused on identifying key 21st century skills for student future success.

Following UNIS Hanoi’ successful 30th anniversary last year, the Board looks forward to the challenges of the next 30 years with the ongoing support and counsel of the Advisory Council.

From the Board of Directors

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I write to update you on some of the work the Board has been engaged in during the first half of this year.

Finances

One of the main duties and responsibilities of the Board is the fiscal stability of the School. We are committed to maintaining a secure financial foundation and transparency for our community. We are pleased to note the following;

  1. Audit 2017-18: Ernst and Young have carried out last year’s audit and have declared the school’s financial reports to be in good order. The Annual Report 2017-2018 (UNIS Unfolded)  will provide the summary financial overview – available end semester 1.
  2. Budget planning 2018 -19: Our projected budget for this year was based on an enrollment figure of 1135 students. Current admissions  data anticipates no change to this figure with no budget adjustment required.
  3. Budget 2019 -20: The Board has approved the budget for next year’s annual action plan based on a steady enrollment of 1135. This is a cautious figure as we  budget conservatively to ensure long term stability for the school. UNIS Hanoi remains the number 1 choice of new families relocating to Hanoi.

Tuition Fees Increase of 4%, Capital Fees increase to $3,000 (K2-G12)

The Board bases its budget decision on the School’s Values, Mission and Vision to ensure that the School honours its commitment to you and your children. Key to that commitment is recruiting and retaining highly qualified and experienced teachers and further developing our facilities in support of teaching and learning. Thorough benchmarking analysis of local and regional international schools as well as wider economic scans are used to determine the budget figures each year. Following review, a draft budget with a proposed 4% tuition increase for 2019-2020 was presented at our community meeting in November with  a capital fee increase to $3,000 for grades K2 – 12. These budget figures were subsequently approved at the 20 November Board meeting.

During the first half of this year the Board has also worked in the following areas:

  1. Nurturing and supporting our new Head of School Jane McGee during her first year at UNIS Hanoi.
  2. Establishing a Fundraising Task Force that will work to define the future of Fundraising at UNIS Hanoi.
  3. Preliminary planning for our next strategic planning cycle to follow `Strategy 2020’, which reaches completion at the end of next year.  
  4. Maintaining strong financial oversight as the school works to build reserves for our next phase of campus development.

None of these achievements would be possible without the dedication of Board and Committee volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. 

Amie Pollack, PhD.
Board Chair 2018-2019

From the Board of Directors

Audit Report for 2017-2018 School Year

The Board is pleased to advise that the School’s auditor, Ernst & Young (E&Y), has reviewed and audited the School’s financial statements for the school year ended 31st July 2018. The E&Y audit report states

`In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the School as at 31 July 2018, and its financial performance and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.’

The audit statement summary report can be viewed here.

The Audit for 2017-2018 as well as the Budget for 2019-2020 (which was presented at the Board Community Meeting) was approved at the 20th November Board meeting. Details of tuition and capital fees for the 2019-2020 school year will be communicated to all parents in early December.

Best regards,

Amie Pollack
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

From the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who attended the Board Community meeting on Tuesday 13 November. Details of the presentation can be found here.

  • Board Chair Amie Pollack introduced the 2018-2019 Board members and briefly outlined Board goals for the year.
  • Treasurer Barry Knaggs provided an introduction to the 2019-2020 school budget, the members and objectives of the Finance Committee and details of the budget planning  process for approval. Jane McGee, Head of School, provided details on the main budget drivers, including faculty/staff and facilities. Misty Shipley, Director of Finance and Operations (DFO), provided greater details on competitive benchmarking (fees and salaries) for schools within Vietnam and the South East Asia Region as well as details regarding capital fees.
  • The community exercise reviewed the defined school mission. Notes from the exercise will be used as data in the upcoming CIS/WASC/IB accreditation at UNIS Hanoi.

A summary of the meeting including questions and answers can be found here.

Amie Pollack, PhD.
UNIS Hanoi Board Chair

Board Community Meeting – November 13

Please join us for the Board of Directors Community Meeting on November 13, 2018 at 18.30

UNIS Hanoi Parents  are cordially invited to attend the Board of Directors Community Meeting which will be held on Tuesday November 13, 2018  starting at 18.30.  The meeting will be held in UNIS Hanoi Building B8b, Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Upstairs, new Canteen), rooms 116 – 118.

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 2018-2019
  • Board Goals and Committees/Task Force 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 2019-2020 Budget to include details of anticipated tuition and capital fees.

The meeting will conclude with a community exercise where attendees are asked to contribute to a group discussion topic.

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

Board of Directors Community Meeting – November 13

Please join us for the Board of Directors Community Meeting on November 13, 2018 at 18.30

UNIS Hanoi Parents  are cordially invited to attend the Board of Directors Community Meeting which will be held on Tuesday November 13, 2018  starting at 18.30.  The meeting will be held in UNIS Hanoi Building B8b, Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Upstairs, new Canteen), rooms 116 – 118.

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 2018-2019
  • Board Goals and Committees/Task Force 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 2019-2020 Budget to include details of anticipated tuition and capital fees.

The meeting will conclude with a community exercise where attendees are asked to contribute to a group discussion topic.

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

From the Board of Directors

As part of our annual planning for the year, the Board and senior leadership team will meet for a 2-Day offsite meeting this weekend. On the agenda will be team building (we have two new Board members this year), the Head of School will present the annual action plan and goals for 2018-2019 and we will review some case studies to reinforce our understanding of good governance. We will also review and reflect on past Board work to learn from those experiences and enhance practices of good governance.

As Life Long Learners, our 2-Day Board meeting helps our Board learn and achieve a greater understanding of international school governance – reflected in better more strategic decisions for the long term health of the school.

Sincerely,
Amie Pollack

From the Board of Directors

New Board appointed member to join UNIS Hanoi Board

Caryn McClelland

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Caryn McClelland has accepted the invitation to join the UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors as a Board appointed member, replacing Karin Fock who stepped down in August.

Caryn R. McClelland is the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) with the US Embassy and began her assignment in Vietnam in September of 2017.  Prior to this assignment, Ms. McClelland served as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in Washington, DC; the Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; the Deputy Chief of Mission in Riga, Latvia; and as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, Indonesia, covering the Eastern half of the Indonesian archipelago from East Java to the Malukus, including the U.S. Consular Agency in Bali. She previously served as the Political-Economic Counselor in Baku, Azerbaijan; the Deputy Economic Counselor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the sole Political-Economic Officer in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; and as a Consular Officer in Dublin, Ireland. Ms. McClelland also served as a Senior Advisor to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy and as the Eurasia Regional Energy Officer in Washington.

She received master’s degrees from the National War College at the National Defense University and San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. Ms. McClelland speaks Latvian, Indonesian, and Russian. She has a daughter in elementary school at UNIS Hanoi.

Please join me in welcoming Caryn to the Board. We are grateful, with her full time commitments, that she has accepted to join the Board and we look forward to working with her.

Governance as Leadership Training Institute at UNIS Hanoi

Over the September 8 – 9 weekend, the Board will be hosting the fifth Governance as Leadership Training Institute for School Board Members and Administrators from the South East Asia Region and beyond.  This annual school governance event remains as popular and important as ever as we work with delegates from 21 schools to help strengthen and support best practice in international school governance. This year we will host 129 Delegates of which 95 are Board Members and 31 are Administrators.

The Conference will again be co led by William P. Ryan, a research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and Bambi Betts, Director at Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership. 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 UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors who will give up their Saturday and Sunday to attend this training institute.

Sincerely,
Amie Pollack

From the Board of Directors

Recognition of a dedicated Board member;
Board Member Karin Fock who resigned from the Board in August 2018

The Board would like to acknowledge the tremendous hard work and commitment provided by Karin Fock during the two years she served on the Board from June 2016 to August 2018. The Board will now seek to appoint a candidate to replace her.

Karin was appointed to the Board in June 2016 and was a member of the Committee on Directors in 2016-2017. The following year she became Chair of the Committee on Directors and was instrumental in leading the revised Head of School Evaluation process. She also lead the review of outstanding governance items, introduced a revised meeting structure to maximise generative discussions at Board meetings and helped capture and implement new governance thought and practices from the Governance as Leadership workshop here in Hanoi and from the East Asia Region Council of Schools Leadership conferences. Her work on the Board sought clarity and understanding across a broad range of topics from campus development to capital reserves policy. We are grateful to Karin for her hard work and dedication to UNIS Hanoi these past two years.

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

From the 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 2018-2019 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 four main tasks:

  1. To hire, nurture and evaluate the Head of School who is responsible for the day to day management of the School;
  2. To develop strategic plans, ensuring their implementation and monitoring progress;
  3. To develop and approve school policy; and
  4. To ensure the financial health of the School.

Our goals for this year are the following:

  1. Defining fundraising for the future
  2. Finalising the Board Crisis Management Plan
  3. Overseeing our new Head of School’s first year
  4. Overseeing the completion of campus building project Phase 3A
  5. Strengthening financial oversight capacity

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

In the coming weeks I will provide greater detail on Board composition for 2018-2019 and information about our Board community meetings this year.

In the meantime, welcome to the new school year at UNIS Hanoi.

Amie Pollack
Board Chair