Vietnamese Student Awarded $180,000 Scholarship to Study in Switzerland

Trần Liên Khánh Hoa, a 10th grade student at Đinh Thiện Lý/Lawrence S. Ting High School in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), has been awarded a two-year scholarship to study at Leysin American School (LAS), a Swiss boarding school located in the alpine resort village of Leysin, Vaud, about two hours east of Geneva.  The … Continue reading Vietnamese Student Awarded $180,000 Scholarship to Study in Switzerland

Guest Post: What Makes Vietnamese Students Special

A guest post written by Sarah "Sally" Day, Admissions Consultant, Stuart Hall School, Staunton, Virginia, USA. For the past eight years, I have recruited international students for historic Stuart Hall School in central Virginia. It is always a pleasure to meet young people and their families from around the world and to be part of … Continue reading Guest Post: What Makes Vietnamese Students Special

Briefing for 2014 International Leadership Mission from Washington State

I was invited to speak to a delegation from Washington state that was here under the auspices of the 2014 International Leadership Mission to Vietnam.  My audience consisted of representatives from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including Associates in Cultural Exchange, Boeing, Cascadia Consulting Group, Highline Community College, Microsoft, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle … Continue reading Briefing for 2014 International Leadership Mission from Washington State

Helping Academic Dreams Come True in Vietnam: A Little Goes a Long Way

Fact #1:  In Vietnam, about one million students finish secondary school (i.e., junior high school) every year but public high schools can only accommodate 80% of that number. Fact #2:  An estimated 200,000 students who failed one single high school entry exam have no other choice but to enroll in private schools. For students with economic difficulties, … Continue reading Helping Academic Dreams Come True in Vietnam: A Little Goes a Long Way

2013 VACs: A-w-e-s-o-m-e! :-)

Below is a note I sent to key participants in the recent VietAbroader Study Abroad Conferences (VACs) in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Hanoi. Dear VietAbroaders, I just wanted to drop you a line to congratulate you on organizing two fabulously successful VACs.  I had the opportunity to attend both events and was impressed by the quality, professionalism … Continue reading 2013 VACs: A-w-e-s-o-m-e! 🙂

Vietnam and the 2013 Intel Science & Engineering Fair

 I recently had the opportunity to work with a group of academically talented 10th graders from Chu Van An High School, one of five magnet schools in Hanoi, who were preparing for participation in the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) from 12-17 May in Phoenix, AZ.  Vietnam sent five teams to the fair, including four … Continue reading Vietnam and the 2013 Intel Science & Engineering Fair

The College of St. Scholastica Comes to Vietnam

Omnes semitae eius pacificae, which means All Her Paths Are Peace. (From the CSS College Crest) It’s unusual for a US institution of higher education to send a delegation consisting of its president, a dean and a director of international education to Vietnam.  For an entire week.  But that’s exactly what The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) … Continue reading The College of St. Scholastica Comes to Vietnam

“Washington Eyes Raising State Tuition of Foreigners”

This headline  in a recent New York Times article caught my attention.  Washington state ranks 11th in international enrollment, according the 2012 Open Doors report, with 20,198 foreign students, an increase of 13.4% over the previous year.  Vietnam ranks 3rd with 8.2% of total enrollment at WA colleges and universities.  (In case you're counting, that's over … Continue reading “Washington Eyes Raising State Tuition of Foreigners”

Welcome to Readers of the ICEF Monitor

Welcome to An International Educator in Vietnam, which I launched in November 2009.  If you look around my blog, you'll soon find out why the subtitle is Information, Insights & (Occasionally) Intrigue.  Chances are you're here because you read my guest post, Why Vietnam?  A Market Snapshot, the first of its kind to appear in the … Continue reading Welcome to Readers of the ICEF Monitor

VietAbroader Summer 2013 “Passing of the Torch” Conferences

  Here's a note I recently sent to US higher education colleagues about the 2013 VietAbroader summer study abroad conferences and related institutional sponsorship opportunities:    Warm greetings from Vietnam!  I am writing to let you know about an outstanding sponsorship opportunity:  the 2013 VietAbroader (VA) Passing of the Torch Summer Study Abroad Conferences.  This is … Continue reading VietAbroader Summer 2013 “Passing of the Torch” Conferences