Building Partnerships in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S. and Vietnam

Below is an excerpt from the report of the 3rd Education Conference, held on January 14–15, 2010 at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi.  Follow this link to download the conference report. (689 KB, PDF)


This Education Conference – organized by the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, Vietnam National University, Hanoi and the Ministry of Education and Training – brought together more than 600 American and Vietnamese educators from more than 250 educational institutions and companies with education programs in Vietnam for discussions on ways to reach key goals identified in the Final Report released by the U.S.-Vietnam Education Task Force. Those goals included systemic reform of the Vietnamese educational system, especially at the tertiary level, establishing an American-style university in Vietnam, creating more and deeper linkages between American and Vietnamese universities, and increasing the number of Vietnamese studying at American universities and colleges. The Education Conference was one of several initiatives the Mission is implementing to support those goals.

The Conference included 15 breakout sessions focused on those same goals: “Creating American-Style Universities in Vietnam;” “Promoting Development of Vietnamese Universities and Colleges – How the U.S. Can Help”; and “Increasing the Number of Vietnamese Studying in the U.S.”

The Conference also included a Plenary Session on “The Impact of Vietnamese and American Collaboration on the Development of Higher Education in Vietnam” and another dozen breakout sessions designed to promote more and deeper joint programs between American and Vietnamese colleges and universities in areas such as information technology, economics, and the environment.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Michael W. Michalak, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, Minister of Education and Training, Pham Vu Luan, President of Vietnam National University Mai Trong Nhuan and Deputy Consul General Angela R. Dickey offered remarks during the Opening Ceremony. Standing Vice-Minister for the Ministry of Education and Training, Pham Vu Luan, offered remarks during the Plenary Session. As during the previous two conferences, which took place in December 2007 and January 2009, representatives from all major universities in Vietnam as well as more than 130 American universities and companies participated:

                                American                     Vietnamese           Total  
Universities and Colleges 77 104 181
NGO’s 21 4 25
Companies 35 30 65
Officials 5 5 10
Misc. 21
Grand Total 138 143 302

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