COVID-19 Update: Latest Travel Restriction for Viet Nam-Bound Travelers

Viet Nam is doing what it has to do to contain the spread of COVID-19, which is at a very modest 49 cases, as of this writing, including 16 patients who have long since recovered. Isn't it ironic that Viet Nam is placing restrictions on UK and other European travelers? Another graphic example of how … Continue reading COVID-19 Update: Latest Travel Restriction for Viet Nam-Bound Travelers

Upcoming Presentations in 2020

UPDATE: The NAFSA 2020 annual conference was canceled, for obvious reasons. 5th Annual Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar at NAFSA 2020 in St. Louis. It will take place from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, 26 May in St. Louis. Location TBA. Co-sponsor: Study in the USA. Pathway Programs: State of Play Today and Projections for the Future … Continue reading Upcoming Presentations in 2020

Mark Ashwill to Lead 5th Annual Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar at NAFSA 2020

UPDATE: The NAFSA 2020 annual conference was canceled, for obvious reasons. Capstone Vietnam is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Ashwill, managing director and co-founder, will speak at an unofficial, pre-conference Viet Nam student recruitment seminar to be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in St. Louis, MO. (NOTE: This assumes, of course, that the conference … Continue reading Mark Ashwill to Lead 5th Annual Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar at NAFSA 2020

“Jealous Coronavirus” Music Video from Vietnam Ministry of Health

On a lighthearted and entertaining note but with an important message, check out this music video/public service announcement from the Vietnam Ministry of Health, which has gone viral. It has been featured by a number of international media outlets, including NPR and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. This 4 March Straits Times article describes … Continue reading “Jealous Coronavirus” Music Video from Vietnam Ministry of Health

SEVP Does An About-Face With I-20 Issuance Policy

My latest essay for University World News is about the June 2019 I-20 policy guidance and the about-face just six months later. As I noted in my concluding paragraph, I give ICE credit for recognising the error of its ways within six months of publishing a policy guidance document on Form I-20 Issuance and School … Continue reading SEVP Does An About-Face With I-20 Issuance Policy

“Face masks made from toilet paper found in Hanoi”

Market officials inspect mask production at Viet Han Company Ltd in Thuong Tin District, Hanoi on February 13, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Chien Son. Why am I not surprised? Here's the latest example of cheating, this time in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. (Thu gần 100.000 chiếc khẩu trang làm từ giấy vệ sinh) I'm … Continue reading “Face masks made from toilet paper found in Hanoi”

Vietnamese Student Enrollment in the US Holds Steady

The US Department of Homeland Security via the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has finally released the latest stats on international students in the US. The last one was March 2019 (!). (Here's 13.1.20 commentary about that.) Gee, I wonder if my many gentle reminders had anything to do with the timing of the … Continue reading Vietnamese Student Enrollment in the US Holds Steady