Talking Nationalism, Patriotism and Global Citizenship with US Students in Vietnam

Last month, I was invited by a colleague from Augustana College (Illinois) to meet with a group of her students who were in Vietnam on a short-term study abroad program.  The students had spent five weeks at Augustana, followed by another five weeks in southern, central and northern Vietnam.  The website describes the program as follows:  Vietnam is … Continue reading Talking Nationalism, Patriotism and Global Citizenship with US Students in Vietnam

Good Question, Vietnam!

I'm resurrecting a unique people-to-people diplomacy project that I've had on the back burner for a few years.   It gives Vietnamese, mostly but not exclusively young people, the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of U.S. society and culture that interests them.  I then identify  U.S. colleagues and others (e.g., Vietnamese who have studied in the US for at … Continue reading Good Question, Vietnam!

Education in Vietnam

Below is information about a new book, edited by Jonathan D. London and published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.   Dr. London is an Assistant Professor (Sociology) in the Department of Asian & International Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.  Vietnam is a country on the move. Yet, contemporary Vietnam’s education system … Continue reading Education in Vietnam

Science Education Across Borders: Why Academic Globalization Should Be Welcomed, Not Feared

From the conclusion of this essay, excerpted from a forthcoming book The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World by Ben Wildavsky. The United States should respond to the globalization of higher education not with angst but with a sense of possibility. Neither a gradual erosion in the U.S. market share of students … Continue reading Science Education Across Borders: Why Academic Globalization Should Be Welcomed, Not Feared