Dawn of a New Day? US State Department Reaches Out to Agents in Vietnam

For the times they are a-changin'!  I (and quite a few others) recently received an email from the US Embassy-Hanoi that began thus: The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi presents its compliments to your company.  On February 22, 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh … Continue reading Dawn of a New Day? US State Department Reaches Out to Agents in Vietnam

Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part II)

Note:  Follow this link to read the first post in this two-part series. Due Diligence Some advice to my foreign higher education colleagues:  don't trust any of the come-ons or be seduced by the slick lines in (sometimes) passable English that arrive in your inboxes on a regular basis.  Do your homework, check references, and find out who's really behind … Continue reading Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part II)

Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part I)

In Vietnam, where cheating is a national pastime and ethical business practices are in dangerously short supply, the world of educational consulting is no exception.  EducationUSA fantasies notwithstanding, the reality is that most parents and students work with an education agent instead of applying directly to U.S. (and other foreign) colleges and universities, as in other … Continue reading Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part I)

Study in the USA to Publish Vietnamese Language Magazine

Study in the USA ® has announced that it will publish the first-ever Vietnamese language magazine for distribution in the coming year to students and parents in Vietnam. This special pocket-size edition will feature content especially appealing to Vietnamese students, including information and articles about four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, high school completion programs, the … Continue reading Study in the USA to Publish Vietnamese Language Magazine

Study Abroad Consultant Regulations Tightened

The winds of change are blowing in the regulation and oversight of education agents in Vietnam  This is the  result of recent scandals and demands from the public for closer scrutiny of education agents.  It seems that the Wild West environment in which many of these businesses have operated is going the way of the dinosaur, … Continue reading Study Abroad Consultant Regulations Tightened

RA, NA & EducationUSA: Mixing Apples & Oranges

It’s always been a mystery to me why EducationUSA (i.e., the US State Department - on behalf of the US Government - on behalf of the American taxpayer) represents all “officially accredited” institutions of higher education in its 400+ advising centers around the world.  After all, there is absolutely no comparison between regionally accredited (RA) … Continue reading RA, NA & EducationUSA: Mixing Apples & Oranges

Should the U.S. State Department Copy the British Council?

  The British Council, as an education provider, a research analyst, and a conference convener is an interesting model. At the very least, taking a look at the British Council makes me wonder why the United States government does not pull back and take a big-picture look at what it might do to provide better … Continue reading Should the U.S. State Department Copy the British Council?

“Increasing international relations: University opening Vietnam office”

Below is a reprint of a press release issued by Kansas State University on 29 February 2012.  MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University is expanding its international outreach to welcome students from Vietnam. Administrators at the office of international programs recently announced a partnership agreement with Capstone Vietnam and its managing director, Mark Ashwill. Capstone and Ashwill will … Continue reading “Increasing international relations: University opening Vietnam office”

International Academic Centers (IACs) in Vietnam

On behalf of Capstone Vietnam, I'm pleased to welcome Kansas State University to our International Academic Center (IAC) in Hanoi.    What is an IAC? The IAC is a unique offshore development model for US and other foreign institutions of higher education, a shared facility that serves as a home base and an incubator from which a school can promote … Continue reading International Academic Centers (IACs) in Vietnam

“U.S. Ambassador announces $1 million in scholarship for students in Vietnam”

Breaking news!   That's what I thought when I saw the EdUSAtips Tweet flash across my screen.  Before you get too excited, however, the $1 million is not new funding; it is the current budget for the Fulbright student scholarship program in Vietnam.  While the title may be a bit misleading, the video is a fitting kick-off to International Education Week.   (Pomp and … Continue reading “U.S. Ambassador announces $1 million in scholarship for students in Vietnam”