Public Debt as Temporary Burden & Long-Term Capital Investment

Viet Nam's infrastructure, including its roads, bridges, and airports, plays a major role in the country's continued economic development.  Japan - through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is the top ODA (Overseas Development Assistance) sponsor to Viet Nam.  ODA is a key part of its visionary foreign policy for Viet Nam in particular and … Continue reading Public Debt as Temporary Burden & Long-Term Capital Investment

US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam: So Far, So Good in FY19

I know it's only four months into the 2019 US government fiscal year (FY19) but I look for trends wherever I can find them, even if they're just beginning to take shape.  Based on US State Department statistics, the number of student visas issued from October 2018 to January 2019 by US Mission-Viet Nam, which … Continue reading US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam: So Far, So Good in FY19

More Vietnamese Students in South Korea Than Australia

Yes, it's true.  Check out the infographic below, courtesy of the Australian Department of Education and Training.  As of 11-18, Viet Nam ranked 6th among sending countries with 24,094 students studying at all levels in Australia.   Incredibly, there were more Vietnamese studying in South Korea than Australia last year.  As in Japan, Viet Nam ranked … Continue reading More Vietnamese Students in South Korea Than Australia

Top US 10 States & Leading Host Institutions by Location

689,063 international students in the US in 2017/18, or 63% of the total, studied in 10 states, according to Open Doors 2018 data.  You can see a list of 50 states and some US territories by following this link, or click on each state below to see its fact sheet (PDF download).  Each fact sheet … Continue reading Top US 10 States & Leading Host Institutions by Location

Fewer US Student Visas Issued in Viet Nam in FY18

In the 2018 fiscal year, ending on 30 September 2018, US student (F-1) visas issued to Vietnamese students declined by 971, or 5.7%, over the previous year.  Below are the monthly stats starting in October 2017.   October 2017:  275 November 2017:  364 December 2017:  1299 January 2018:  1165 February 2018:  207 March 2018:  207 April … Continue reading Fewer US Student Visas Issued in Viet Nam in FY18

Latest IIE Open Doors Data Reveal Shift in Vietnamese Major Preferences in the US

Below is a list of majors - in descending order - that Vietnamese students chose in the 2017/18 academic year.  Interestingly, there was a decrease in the percentage studying business/management, down from 30.9% the previous year.  This reflects growing interest in non-business majors and perhaps, quite possibly, the dawning realization that one doesn't need to … Continue reading Latest IIE Open Doors Data Reveal Shift in Vietnamese Major Preferences in the US

US Visa Overstays: Is the Sky Falling?

The Trump administration recently proposed (yet another) new rule related to nonimmigrant, including student, visas.  This one, if approved, will establish a maximum period of authorized stay for international students and other holders of certain nonimmigrant visas.  Why?  Is there something broken that needs to be fixed?  Are the overstay rates breaking new records?  Do … Continue reading US Visa Overstays: Is the Sky Falling?

Secondary Sector in USA Still Going Strong

As I mentioned in the last post, there are nearly 30,000 Vietnamese (29,788, to be exact) studying in the US at all levels.  (Source:  Mapping  SEVIS by the Numbers, August 2018)  Of those, 3,472, or 11.7%, of them are enrolled in boarding and day schools.  While that's 720 fewer students than in December 2017 (4,192 … Continue reading Secondary Sector in USA Still Going Strong

Decree 86 Is Good News for Vietnamese Parents & Investors

New Decree No. 86/2018/ND-CP implementing the Law on Education Here is the unabridged version of an interview about Decree 86 that I did with Anton Crace, Reporter - Australasia for The PIE News (Vietnam increases domestic participation in international schools).   My answers are in navy blue.  The decree took effect on 1 August 2018.   I saw Decree 86 increasing … Continue reading Decree 86 Is Good News for Vietnamese Parents & Investors

Over Half the World is Online; Viet Nam Among Top 10 for Facebook Use

Essential Insights Into Internet, Social Media, Mobile, and E-Commerce Use Around the World Here's the latest, according to We are Social and Hootsuite.  Of the 7.615 billion human beings on this planet, 4.087 billion are online, which equals a global Internet penetration rate of 54%.  3.297 billion of them are active social media users, which amounts to … Continue reading Over Half the World is Online; Viet Nam Among Top 10 for Facebook Use