First EducationUSA Fair in Iraq Attracts More Than 1,000 Students

 A recent article declares, "Tired of war, thousands of Iraqis want to go to U.S." What it fails to mention is who triggered all the bloodshed. Who made conditions in Iraq so intolerable that these people must flee? You know who. Over and over again, the U.S. has instigated mayhem or carnage overseas, generating thousands … Continue reading First EducationUSA Fair in Iraq Attracts More Than 1,000 Students

Chutzpah & Unaccredited (US) Higher Education Providers

Chutzpah (pronounced /ˈhʊtspə/) is the quality of audacity, for good or for bad, but it is generally used negatively. The word derives from the Hebrew word ḥuṣpâ (חֻצְפָּה), meaning "insolence", "audacity", and "impertinence."  This word, one of my favorites, describes with great precision a recent email exchange I had with the representative of an unaccredited California-based school.  … Continue reading Chutzpah & Unaccredited (US) Higher Education Providers

VietAbroader Summer Study Abroad Conferences: Passing of the Torch

Capstone Vietnam, of which I'm managing director, is pleased and proud to be a corporate sponsor of the 2011 VietAbroader Study Abroad Conferences (VAC) on 15 and 16 July in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Hanoi, respectively.  VAC, the flagship program of VietAbroader (VA), was first organized in the summer of 2005.  (I had the privilege of … Continue reading VietAbroader Summer Study Abroad Conferences: Passing of the Torch

Reality Check/When One Government Speaks with Two Voices

Below is my response to a 23 June Chronicle of Higher Education article by Beth McMurtrie entitled Colleges Are Warned Against a 'Gold Rush' Pursuit of International Studentsabout how to better promote American higher education abroad, discussed at a recent three-day EducationUSA conference. This may be difficult to comprehend in Washington, D.C. and its corridors of power (e.g., the … Continue reading Reality Check/When One Government Speaks with Two Voices

International-Student Recruitment Debate: 6 Views on Agents

My comment about this collection of essays that appeared in the 16 June issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education is below.  Marjorie Smith hit the nail on the head.  It goes without saying that educational consulting companies should, to the best of their ability, represent the interests of their clients, both institutional and individual. This means … Continue reading International-Student Recruitment Debate: 6 Views on Agents

VietAbroader Conference 2011: Passing of the Torch

  Mark your calendars!  VietAbroader's annual summer study abroad conferences will take place this year in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) on Friday, 15 July and in Hanoi on Saturday, 16 July.  In the spirit of mentorship and social responsibility,  the VietAbroader Study Abroad Conference (VAC), entitled “Passing of the Torch,” was first launched in … Continue reading VietAbroader Conference 2011: Passing of the Torch

Policy Guidance for EducationUSA Centers on Commercial Recruitment Agents

This policy guidance (PDF) from the U.S. State Department's states that all (EducationUSA) centers "must adhere to the following ethical standards as a condition of their centers’ voluntary association with, and continued support from, ECA (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs).  We understand that many advisers have been approached by commercial recruiters who have requested … Continue reading Policy Guidance for EducationUSA Centers on Commercial Recruitment Agents

Vietnam & US Higher Education Internationalization Strategies: The University of Missouri Vietnam Institute

Over the past five years, there’s been a dramatic increase in the level of interest in Vietnam among US institutions of higher education, not limited to student recruitment.  (Vietnam ranks 9th among “places of origin” and is one of the hottest student recruitment markets in the world for the US.)  For some student recruitment is … Continue reading Vietnam & US Higher Education Internationalization Strategies: The University of Missouri Vietnam Institute

US-Vietnam Educational Exchanges: Impact and Prospects

Plenary Session On Friday, 10 December, I attended a conference in Hanoi for US Government exchange alumni (e.g., Fulbright, VEF, etc.) .   The conference was open to the public and to all US Department of State alumni who have participated in a U.S. Government-funded exchange program from Vietnam.  The US Embassy-Hanoi billed it as "an opportunity for the public … Continue reading US-Vietnam Educational Exchanges: Impact and Prospects

Buyer Beware: The Potential Pitfalls of Agency-Based Recruitment

In the remarks referenced in my last post Ambassador Michalak also spent a couple hundred words on the subject of education consultants, or agents.  His advice was spot-on (my italics):  "Some parents may choose to work through an agent when looking to find the appropriate school for their child in America. Agents are local representatives for … Continue reading Buyer Beware: The Potential Pitfalls of Agency-Based Recruitment