The College of Arts and Sciences cultivates six attributes for success: Character, Competence, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and National Pride-Global Awareness. The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to providing the majority of VinUni’s General Education programmes and coordinating other colleges’ general education courses, providing inter-/multi-/trans-disciplinary programmes. We aim to offer excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research, diversity, intellectual curiosity (broad spectrum of human knowledge in natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, or cross disciplines) and personalised and life-long learning.
Dr. Billy Wheeler is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Science and Society. Originally from the UK, he completed his BA in Philosophy at King’s College London (2003-2006) and his MPhil (2006-2007) and PhD (2007-2013) in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Wheeler’s interests are interdisciplinary and lie at the intersection of philosophy, science and technology. He is particularly interested in the metaphysical and epistemological aspects of computing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. He is the author of a number of papers in this area as well as the book Idealization and the Laws of Nature, which was published by Springer in 2018. Currently, Dr. Wheeler is interested in comparing Western and Eastern philosophical approaches to science, especially from the perspectives of Buddhism and Daoism.
Before joining VinUniversity, Dr. Wheeler was Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy (Zhuhai) at Sun Yat-Sun University, China (2017-2020) and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London (2016-2017).
Prof. Harrison earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale University. He is a National Geographic Society Explorer, a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, a member of the Daylight Academy (Switzerland), and an honorary research associate at the New York Botanical Garden’s Center for Economic Botany. He used to work at Swarthmore College as Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Prof. Harrison is also a filmmaker. Throughout his career, and in his role as a National Geographic Explorer, Prof. Harrison has travelled the world to make films and write books on the topic of Endangered languages and Indigenous cultures. Some of his documentary films include the Emmy-nominated “The Linguists”, “One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage”, “Manx: Reviving a Language”; etc… His book “When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge” (Oxford Univ. Press, 2007) has been translated into Arabic and Spanish.