2018 Keynote Speaker

Short bio

Dr. Thanh Pham has been working in higher education for more than 10 years. Her main research areas are intercultural education, globalisation, internationalisation. She has been conducting substantial research on internationalisation of the curriculum and higher education in Vietnam and other Asian countries in response to globalisation. Her main research interest is to bring various cultural and intellectual resources together to develop so-called ‘global effective pedagogies’. Pham has done research on bringing student-centred pedagogies to Asian classrooms and embedding intellectual qualities of non-Western cultures in Western curricula and pedagogies. Pham’s contributions to the research field of international education have been recognised through various awards including two Australian government scholarships, The University of Queensland’s postdoctoral fellowship, Carolyn D. Baker Memorial scholarship, the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)’s international education project, NV Varghese prize for comparative education. Pham has actively presented her research at conferences in Australia, Vietnam, Singapore and Germany.


Pham has produced 70 publications (published or in press) in a wide range of outlets including books, edited research books, book chapters, refereed articles, magazines and conference papers. Pham has also acted as a reviewer of book proposals and various journals like Australian Journal of Teacher Education and Pedagogies: An international journal.


Pham’s current research focuses on employability of international students. She’s conducting research on studying and working experiences of Australian and Japanese returnees, the demands of the labour markets and requirements of employers in Asia and Australia.


Keynote presenttaion

Graduate employability has become a concern of higher education worldwide. In English-speaking and ‘Western’ countries like US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, enhancing employability of international students has been raised as an urgent matter in strategic development plans. One of the reasons contributing to this phenomenon is the growth of Asian education in terms of both quantitative and qualitative aspects. Such a rapid development is putting great pressures on Western education and enhancing employability of international students has been taken as an effective tool to keep them competitive in the international education market. To achieve this goal, curricula and pedagogies are being called to embed graduate attributes that are designed to match employability skills. The graduate attribute agenda has therefore become a predominant theme in teaching and learning at higher education in various Western nations.


A question is, however, how much this agenda helps international students because Western higher education is neglecting the fact that international students have their own cultural resources, intellectual qualities, identity and social capitals that have great impacts on the choice of their employment and employability. There is therefore a need for a careful consideration of these factors in the development of Western curricula and pedagogies.


This keynote presentation will analyse and discuss pull and push factors that impact international students’ employability in various contexts. The presentation will be illustrated by empirical data that were collected from various countries about returnees’ employment, industries’ demands and employers’ perspectives towards returnees. Main points to be taken away are:

2018 Keynote Speaker #2

Dr. Karen Miranda-Fernandez is the Vice President for Research and International Affairs and Dean of the College of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management of Imus Institute of Science and Technology, Philippines.   She is also the Vice President for Education and Accreditation of Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management, United Kingdom.

She has been appointed as visiting professor in Management and Science University, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), and Olympia College in Malaysia; Sahid Tourism Institute of Surakarta and Bandung Institute of Tourism both in Indonesia; five universities in Thailand namely, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Maha Sarakham University, Naresuan University, North Bangkok University, and Burapha University International College; and Chung Hua University and Ming Chuan University in Taiwan.

She is a postdoctoral scholar at School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality in Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom.  She holds a doctoral degree in Business Management specialized in Hospitality Management and master’s degree in Business Administration major in Hotel and Restaurant Management both earned at Philippine Women’s University, Manila.

Her research interests include events management, sustainable tourism, and hospitality management.  She has participated and presented research papers in a number of international academic conferences held in Taiwan, Dubai, USA, Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, and United Kingdom.  Her research paper on Attitudes and Perceptions of Filipino Students towards Study Abroad Program in the United States has been presented at Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA in May 2013. 

She has served as committee chair in the 1st International Conference on Tourism’s Role in Sustainable Community Development held at Camp Benjamin, Cavite, Philippines; and as session chair in the International Conference on Tourism and Marketing Management held at Hyatt Regency in Osaka, Japan and in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conferences respectively held at the Harvard University Campus in Massachusetts, USA and University of London Union in London, United Kingdom.  She is a member of the Scientific and Technical & Editorial Review Board on Business and Management Engineering of World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology (WASET) based in Connecticut, USA; International Review Committee of Higher Education Forum (HEF) and International Journal of Business and Information (IJBI) both based in Taipei, Taiwan;  and Journal of Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel published by Postgraduate Program of Bandung Tourism Institute in Indonesia.

 Dr. Fernandez is the book author of Guide to Event Management's Best Practices and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Management.




The event sector has to face some global actualities other industries have to deal with as well.  It is therefore investigated how these existences and facts can influenced the event sector and what perspectives were arising. 

Many event organizers are now consciously seeking to manage the physical environmental impacts of their events.  Therefore, event organizers need to ensure consistent monitoring and review of activities to detect problems at an early stage and enable action to prevent more serious damage.

As with other tourism and hospitality activities, events should comply by the guiding principles of sustainable tourism operations by providing incentives, monitoring compliance, and enforcement activities where necessary.

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