“Half of Chinese students at elite US colleges don’t want to return”

While this article is based on a survey of a small group of Chinese students at elite US higher education institutions, there are parallels with the situation of Vietnamese students at all types of US colleges and universities.  Based on anecdotal evidence, the percentage of Vietnamese students who choose not to return home after completing … Continue reading “Half of Chinese students at elite US colleges don’t want to return”

Host Country’s Gain=Vietnam’s Loss?

This guest post was written by "Hien Nguyen", a Vietnamese student studying in Country X.  Hien explains some of the reasons why a significant percentage of young Vietnamese make the fateful decision to emigrate, to the benefit of their host country and, in some respects, to the loss of their home country.  (I say "in … Continue reading Host Country’s Gain=Vietnam’s Loss?

US Burns Through All High-Skill Visas For 2015 In Less Than A Week

Give me your highly skilled, your well-educated, your ambitious, Your best and brightest yearning to climb the proverbial career ladder and in doing so meet the desperate needs of a de-skilling and graying society, The sons and daughters of the world's educated classes, immigrants and international students alike. Send these, the talented, the promising, the … Continue reading US Burns Through All High-Skill Visas For 2015 In Less Than A Week

The State of Vietnamese Higher Education: Point/Counterpoint

Below is a recent exchange on the Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) listserv between a Vietnamese-American professor and a young Vietnamese who recently graduated from a U.S. institution of higher education.  The original post is in reference to an article by Roy J. Nirschel, president of the American University of Vietnam (AUVN), entitled "Picking Up the … Continue reading The State of Vietnamese Higher Education: Point/Counterpoint

Of Emigration, Brain Drain & Brain Gain: Some Reflections

Over the years, I’ve known and helped many young Vietnamese who have studied overseas.  Some I knew in passing; others became friends.  Quite a few made the decision to remain overseas either in the country in which they studied or a third country.  By doing so, they slowly but surely began the transformation from Vietnamese … Continue reading Of Emigration, Brain Drain & Brain Gain: Some Reflections

Vietnam: Trends in International and Domestic Education (repost)

By Nick Clark, Editor, World Education News & Reviews Vietnam is currently one of the fastest growing sources of international students for U.S. institutions of higher education, according to data from the Institute for International Education. In academic year 2011/12, Vietnam was the eighth largest sender of tertiary students to the United States, behind Japan … Continue reading Vietnam: Trends in International and Domestic Education (repost)

“Diaspora talent is lured back, but fails to stay”

  by Hiep Pham, 6 April 2013, Issue No: 266 Hai Tran never imagined, when he waved farewell to his parents at the boarding gate of Vietnam’s Noi Bai airport in 1998 to study information technology at a Russian university, that it was the start of a 15-year adventure in several foreign countries.   The recipient … Continue reading “Diaspora talent is lured back, but fails to stay”

My Top 15 Personal Favorites

Last year, I wrote a total of 84 posts, an average of 7 per month.  Below are some of my favorite posts starting with one from February and ending with one from last month.  Collectively, they cover a lot of ground - from updates and personal stories to commentaries and analyses.     If You’ve Got It, Flaunt … Continue reading My Top 15 Personal Favorites

Vietnam Among Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

This article, written by Rahul Choudaha, director of research and advisory services at World Education Services (WES) in New York, identified four emerging international student recruitment markets, including Vietnam.  It's based on a WES research report  (PDF), entitled Beyond More of the Same: The Top Four Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment,  that "aims to … Continue reading Vietnam Among Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

In Celebration of International Education Week (IEW)

Given the focus of this blog, I thought it was only fitting that I devote a few posts to International Education Week (IEW), "an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to … Continue reading In Celebration of International Education Week (IEW)