I recently had the opportunity to speak to members of UPCEA at its 100th annual conference and post-conference international briefing with a focus on Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam – Higher Education in Context. The University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education in the US.
Below a description of my international briefing presentation:
2015 is a year of several noteworthy anniversaries in Vietnam of historical and personal significance. 40 years since the end of the war, 20 years since the normalization of relations between Vietnam and the US and 10 years since I moved to Hanoi.
This presentation will include information, insights and observations gleaned from nearly a decade of living and working in Vietnam as an educational entrepreneur, first for a US international education NGO whose slogan is Opening Minds to the World and, since 2009, for a Vietnamese educational consulting company whose slogan is Reaching New Heights.
The theme of the discussion is “taking Vietnam to the next level” – innovation over imitation, substance over image, veracity over veneer – and the contributions that education can make, including international educational exchange. The latter includes student recruitment, student and faculty exchanges, study abroad programs, service learning and internships, education and training programs, including online, etc.
Vietnam is a country on the move. Daunting obstacles overcome. Suffering redeemed. Phenomenal progress achieved. New summits yet to be conquered. How can your institution benefit from incorporating Vietnam into its internationalization strategy? What contributions can you make to help take Vietnam to the next level under the rubric of global service and in the spirit of doing well and doing good?
I also spoke at an innovation roundtable named after my blog (with an extra dose of “intrigue”!) and at a meeting of the UPCEA International Network about student recruitment in Vietnam. Thank you, UPCEA, for the opportunity to speak to your members about two of my favorite topics, international education and Vietnam!