In November 2010 a group of 13 senior U.S. higher education officials, including vice presidents, deans and directors from 10 universities and colleges, will travel to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) to explore opportunities, including intensive English and university pathway programs, student recruitment, custom-designed short programs, professional Master’s degree programs, certificate programs, research that cuts across institutional and national boundaries, study abroad programs for U.S. students, faculty and scholar exchange, joint and dual degree opportunities with Vietnamese institutions, and distance education programs, among others.
The representatives are members of Global Associates, a knowledge network of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), dedicated to identifying global higher education and training needs, fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and keeping its members abreast of developments in international education. This is the latest in a series of exploratory trips taken by Global Associates members, including one to Brazil and another to Turkey.
“As representatives of selective American universities, we are very much looking forward to finding ways in which we can collaborate with our Vietnamese colleagues. We selected Vietnam as a country of focus for 2010 because we see the potential for creating new educational opportunities for citizens in both countries,” said Dr. Joseph Ugras, Global Associates chairman and Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA.
Other participating institutions are:
- California State University, Long Beach (CA)
- California State University, Northridge (CA)
- Columbia University (NY)
- Kansas State University (KS)
- University of Massachusetts-Boston (MA)
- The University of Mississippi (MS)
- San Diego State University (CA)
- Syracuse University (NY)
- University of Texas at Austin (TX)
The group, representing public and private universities from seven states, will spend the week of 7 November visiting universities in Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The trip will include meetings with Vietnamese and U.S. government officials and an informal exchange of ideas and information with students, as well as city tours in Hanoi and HCMC. Delegation members will also meet with Michael Michalak, U.S. Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In addition, Global Associates will host two receptions in Hanoi and HCMC, respectively, for Vietnamese and U.S. colleagues involved or with an interest in U.S.-Vietnam educational exchange.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for U.S. higher education colleagues with a strong interest in Vietnam to discover firsthand what the Vietnam of 2010 looks like and what the opportunities are in higher education and educational exchange,” said Mark A. Ashwill, managing director of Capstone Vietnam, the trip organizer. “This is also a great chance for Vietnamese colleagues to discuss possibilities for cooperation with U.S. counterparts who represent some of the finest universities in America.”
Capstone Vietnam is a Hanoi-based human resource development company that specializes in client, or institutional services, for U.S. and Vietnamese higher education institutions, organizations and companies. Capstone Vietnam was founded by Dr. Ashwill, former country director of the Institute of International Education in Vietnam.
(Source: Capstone Vietnam)