An International Educator in Vietnam (IEiV) Turns 3


It’s hard to believe that my first post was three years ago.  Over 300 posts later and heading into its fourth year, IEiV is still going strong.  Interestingly and probably not coincidentally, the life span of my blog parallels that of Capstone Vietnam, of which I’m managing director.  (Capstone celebrated its third birthday earlier this fall.)  I’ve found both to be enormously rewarding.

As I mentioned last year, I enjoy and value the relative freedom of expression that this blog affords me; the opportunity to speak my mind without being subject to an employer’s pre-approval policy or semantic nitpicking (i.e., censorship) all in the name of pleasing or rather not alienating its primary benefactor.

I’ve noticed a number of Vietnamese visiting my blog and using online translation tools to understand it.  As a result, I may create a Vietnamese version of IEiV in the coming year with somewhat different content.  (If I do, it will not be under the auspices of WordPress.)

Earlier this year, I started sending out an e-newsletter to US higher education colleagues and others with an interest in Vietnam and education-related matters.  Each issue has included links to news items and commentary on IEiV.  If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on Vietnamese student recruitment, other activities in Vietnam and/or the work of Capstone Vietnam, please drop me a line.  I’d be happy to add you to my mailing list.

Happy Birthday, IEiV!  Here’s to many more years of Information, Insights & (Occasionally) Intrigue!

MAA

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