Below is a note I sent to US higher education colleagues about the summer VietAbroader Study Abroad Conferences.
I’m pleased to announce that the 2014 VietAbroader Conferences – Passing of the Torch will be held on Saturday, July 19th in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Sunday, July 20th in Hanoi. Follow this link to download both sponsorship documents: Benefits Information for Institutional Sponsors and the conference proposal. You can register here to become an institutional sponsor.
Although the registration deadline is May 9th, the Diamond, Platinum, and Gold sponsorship levels tend to fill up quickly, so if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, register ASAP. Thank you for giving some thought to sponsoring this unique, high-profile event.
The conferences include morning seminars that provide pre-screened attendees and their parents with information about U.S. education and fairs in the afternoon that are free and open to the public, where students and parents can meet face-to-face with students, alumni and official representatives of more than 80 top U.S. schools. Here is the tentative agenda:
08:40-09:20 Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speech
09:25-09:40 Overview of U.S.Education
09:45-10:00 Mini Talk Show on College Life
10:05-10:45 Scholarship Opportunities and School Selection
11:20-11:35 Q & A
11:40-12:10 Standardized Examinations
12:15-13:00 High School Admission & Scholarship Opportunities
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break & Networking
14:00-17:00 College Fair Featuring Representatives from 80 U.S. Institutions
Community College Admission
What is VietAbroader (VA)?
VA is Vietnam’s premier student-run nonprofit, which provides students with information and guidance to encourage them to study abroad, primarily in the United States. The VA Study Abroad Conference (VAC), the organization’s flagship program, was launched in 2005. I had the honor of speaking at the first Hanoi conference. It is also my honor to serve as one of two VietAbroader advisers, a position I have held since the organization’s founding 10 years ago. When I joined the VA forum in 2004, the year of its founding and before it evolved into a full-fledged student organization, there only a few hundred members. There are now over 80,000.
Every year, I help VA’s leadership reach out to potential institutional sponsors. Why should U.S. colleges and universities that welcome Vietnamese students to their campuses consider becoming a VAC sponsor? Because it’s one of the hottest and most widely publicized events of its kind, and will help you brand and market your school to a very targeted audience.