Direct Applications on the Rise

While Viet Nam is still primarily an agent-driven market, growing numbers of students are beginning to bypass education agents and apply directly to educational institutions, especially for certain types of institutions and programs with simpler application procedures.  In some cases, more than 50% of all apps are directly from students. The reasons for this recent … Continue reading Direct Applications on the Rise

Financial Document Fraud & Visa Applications

Trust, but verify. (Russian proverb:  doveryai, no proveryai; Доверяй, но проверяй) Documents that have been in the hands of students are generally not considered official.  World Education Services (WES), a US-based credentials evaluation service Yes, dear reader, this practice, which is not unique to Vietnam, continues unabated.  Why?  Because it works in the vast majority … Continue reading Financial Document Fraud & Visa Applications

“Six ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education”

Here’s a short, sweet, and spot-on analysis by David DeMaria, associate vice provost for international education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. You can either follow this link to read the original article or read the copy/paste version below. It appeared in the 26.5.20 issue of The Conversation. I’ve told more than one US colleague since … Continue reading “Six ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education”

As Quoted or Cited

A list of selected sources in English and Vietnamese in which I was quoted, mentioned, or my work cited in the print and electronic media.  For all other citations, have a look at Google Scholar account, which is more targeted, or by entering my name, “Mark A. Ashwill,” in Google Scholar, which is more comprehensive … Continue reading As Quoted or Cited

“Reform Or Eliminate EB-5 Investors Visas Programme: Trump Administration To Congress”

More importantly, reforms are needed to protect against national security risks that allow foreign nationals to invest for the purpose of laundering money or conducting espionage against us. L Francis Cissna, Director, USCIS Then why doesn’t Mr. Cissna and the department of which he is director investigate the alleged abuses about which he is so concerned … Continue reading “Reform Or Eliminate EB-5 Investors Visas Programme: Trump Administration To Congress”

“Young, educated, unemployed: Vietnamese graduates struggle to find jobs”

“How can I have experience just after graduating from university? No firm wants to recruit an employee with little experience like me,” Nguyen Thuy Hang, 22, said while looking for accounting jobs on a jobs site. The Hanoi National Economics University graduate has sent out CVs to dozens of local and foreign-owned companies, but only … Continue reading “Young, educated, unemployed: Vietnamese graduates struggle to find jobs”

FundsV: The Future of Financial Verification for Overseas Study

Documents that have been in the hands of students are generally not considered official.  World Education Services (WES), a US-based credentials evaluation service Since US consular officers don’t have the time or resources to ensure that each and every bank statement presented by US-bound students is checked for authenticity, the best option seems to be … Continue reading FundsV: The Future of Financial Verification for Overseas Study

Higher Education Admission Reform in Vietnam: The Next Generation

Below is the English version of an article of mine that was published on the Vietnam National University-Hanoi website earlier this month.  Follow this link to read the Vietnamese translation:  ĐHQGHN đi đầu trong đổi mới căn bản và sâu sắc hệ thống tuyển sinh ĐH của Việt Nam. Just as Vietnam revealed its practical … Continue reading Higher Education Admission Reform in Vietnam: The Next Generation

Vietnamese Student Awarded $180,000 Scholarship to Study in Switzerland

Trần Liên Khánh Hoa, a 10th grade student at Đinh Thiện Lý/Lawrence S. Ting High School in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), has been awarded a two-year scholarship to study at Leysin American School (LAS), a Swiss boarding school located in the alpine resort village of Leysin, Vaud, about two hours east of Geneva.  The … Continue reading Vietnamese Student Awarded $180,000 Scholarship to Study in Switzerland

FSO Michael T. Sestak Pleads Guilty in Visa Fraud-Bribery Case, Faces 19-24 Years in Prison

Reposted from – Domani Spero On November 6, USDOJ announced that Michael T. Sestak, the former Nonimmigrant Visa Section Chief at the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City had pleaded guilty to “receiving more than $3 million in bribes” in exchange for U.S. visas.  The Government alleged that the visa scheme had netted … Continue reading FSO Michael T. Sestak Pleads Guilty in Visa Fraud-Bribery Case, Faces 19-24 Years in Prison