Over 500 posts and five (5) years of relative online freedom of speech after four (4) years of working for an employer that had a pre-approval policy for its employees' outside writing and speaking activities. Coincidentally (?), my first post on 16 November 2009 was about a book chapter I co-authored entitled “Developing Globally Competent … Continue reading Happy 5th Anniversary, An International Educator in Vietnam!
I was honored to be invited to give the keynote address at the recent annual Conference of Business Innovation, organized by the FPT Leadership Institute. First, a word about the parent company. FPT, Vietnam's leading technology company, was founded in 1988 as The Food Processing Technology Company. Its first contract was to provide computers for … Continue reading Keynote Address: “Intercultural Competence as a Cornerstone of Innovation”
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)
No "information, insights or intrigue" in this post just a simple yet profound sentiment that has been expressed in different cultures throughout the ages. It's one I enjoy seeing and contemplating, so much so that this picture graces the walls of my office.
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
TED has arrived in Vietnam with a vengeance. The first TEDx event was held last August in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the second one will take place on 18 August in the same city. So what is TED? Answer: A nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. According to its website, “It started out … Continue reading TEDxMekong
As it turned out, this session was well-attended in spite of the early hour and the stormy weather. That probably had something to do with the topic and my distinguished colleagues. Presentations and notes are available at gs029.wordpress.com. Title: GS029: The Intercultural Competence/Global Citizenship Nexus: What International Educators Should Know Begin Time: Wednesday, 6/2 - 8:00 AM Audience: … Continue reading NAFSA 2010: The Intercultural Competence/Global Citizenship Nexus: What International Educators Should Know