Mattia Miani

Deputy Head of CELE; Director Of Education & Student Experience (PY Content)

Centre for English Language Education
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University of Nottingham Ningbo China


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Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Master of Science (Creative Studies) – New York State University

EMBA – University of Bologna

Bachelor of Science – Laurea (Communication) – University of Bologna

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning – RMIT University

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design – University of Wisconsin-Stout


Mattia Miani holds a bachelor degree in Communication Sciences and an EMBA from the University of Bologna and a Master of Science in Creative Studies from New York State University.

Mr Miani is also a certified trainer, instructional designer and lecturer having achieved an Australian Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, an American Graduate

Certificate in Instructional Design, an Australian Diploma of Training Design and Development and an Australian Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He has logged more than 4000 hours of teaching at all levels: executive, postgraduate, undergraduate and vocational.

Before joining Nottingham in Ningbo, he worked for 6 years in Vietnam at RMIT University holding a variety of roles: lecturer, manager of enterprise and executive education and manager of co-curricular education. For his work in training in Vietnam in 2014 he received a Creativity Achievement Award from the International Centre in Studies of Creativity at the New York State University and in 2011 he was recognized by RMIT University Vietnam as its best teacher of the year.

From 2003 to 2010 he worked in Italy as a lecturer and academic director at the business school of the University of Bologna and as a marketing consultant and entrepreneur advising cooperative enterprises, advertising agencies, and government organisations on their communication strategies. From 2005 to 2010 he served as an executive vice president of an advertising agency in Bologna. From 2008 to 2011 Mr Miani served as a director on the board of the Centre for Training and Initiative on Cooperative Enterprise and Business Ethics, a joint venture between the University of Bologna and the Italian Cooperative Movement. Before coming to Asia, Mr Miani spent time on international assignments in the United States, Canada, Austria, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He is also a certified trainer and administrator of a number of instruments including MBTI®, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®), The Leadership Challenge™, Situational Leadership Assessment, Color Code®.


Introduction to Business Economics

Introduction to Business and Management (Module Convenor) 

Introduction to Analytical Thought

Research interests

Current research interests include creative thinking training cross-cultural effectiveness, training transfer strategies in creative problem solving training, social enterprise and ethical marketing, country of origin effect.

From 2001 to 2010 Mr Miani specialized in government communication, political communication and new technologies, and corporate communication strategies.


Mattia Miani. (2020). Using instructional design to engage students in the development of educational experiences: The case of multimedia case studies. Chapter in Meeting the Teaching and Learning Challenges in 21st Century Higher Education: Universal Design edited by Tina Byrom, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Mattia Miani. (2016). Does culture affect creativity? Chapter in The Big Question 2016 edited by Paul Reali and Cindy Burnett (peer-reviewed).

Mattia Miani. (2016). New Media, chapter in Bernardi A., Monni S., (eds.), The Co-operative firm, Keywords, RomaTrE-Press, Roma.

Jeremy Pearce, Mattia Miani, Michael Segon, & Bang Nguyen (2015). Ethical Marketing: Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, & Indonesia, chapter 5 in Ethical and social marketing in Asia edited by Bang Nguyen & Chris Rowley.

Andrea Bernardi & Mattia Miani. (2014). “The long march of Chinese co-operatives: Towards market economy, participation and sustainable development.” Asia Pacific Business Review, vol. 20, issue 3 (peer-reviewed).

Mattia Miani & Giovanni Merola (2012). The perception of Italian Brands in Vietnam: A survey on country of origin effect and linguistic impact of Italian sounding brand names on Vietnamese urban consumers, research report, Italian Embassy in Vietnam: Hanoi.