To the USA, With Hope

Love is stronger than hate. Getty Images / ipopba From my peaceful and COVID-free perch in Hanoi, I've been thinking a lot about my colleagues in the US who have devoted their careers to working with international students, including many from Viet Nam. Like many fellow citizens, their current stress levels are stratospheric because they … Continue reading To the USA, With Hope

“We Are More Than Your Paycheck: The Dehumanization of International Students in the United States”

Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash Here's some (more) recommended reading for anyone interested in the current situation of international students in the US. The authors are Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez and Xiaojie Li, both Ph.D. students at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. This excerpt may whet your appetite to read the article in … Continue reading “We Are More Than Your Paycheck: The Dehumanization of International Students in the United States”

Anatomy of a perfect storm for international recruitment

Here's my latest essay for University World News. I discuss Viet Nam's extraordinary progress to date, the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and education industry, healthcare access abroad concerns, anti-Asian racism, online instruction, the importance of showing students and parents "the love," and "recruitment strategy reset" in which I list six (6) points to … Continue reading Anatomy of a perfect storm for international recruitment

“Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American”

Here's my latest University World News essay from 18 January 2020. (NOTE: Editor's title.) The original working title was Nationalism Rears Its Ugly Head in the Tumultuous World of US International Education, which is descriptive but too long. 🙂 If the title or introduction below whets your appetite for more, follow this link Closeup of … Continue reading “Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American”

Links for University World News Article

Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam (11-19) US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018 (8-19) Number of Vietnamese Students in the US Rebounds (5-19) #YouAreWelcomeWhere?  A Call to Action (10-18) To many Vietnamese, US still a top overseas study destination in spite of Donald … Continue reading Links for University World News Article

The Importance of Showing International Applicants THE LOVE

Once upon a time, there was a Vietnamese transfer student in the US who was planning to attend one  university and ended up accepting an offer from another.  Here are the main reasons:     1.  The other school has better communication with students, including sending them a note on their birthday and more frequent updates.   … Continue reading The Importance of Showing International Applicants THE LOVE

“Ethical agents should support direct student admissions”

Students occasionally ask one co-author, who has lived and worked in Viet Nam since 2005, whether or not they can apply directly. The answer is an enthusiastic ‘Yes’, if they feel sufficiently confident. The original working title, Imagine a World Without Agents, We Wonder If You Can - with a grateful nod to John Lennon … Continue reading “Ethical agents should support direct student admissions”

Mark Ashwill @ NAFSA 2019

Dear Friends & Colleagues, I'm excited to inform you that I'll be participating in four (4) events at the NAFSA 2019 annual conference in late May in Washington, D.C., listed below in descending chronological order.  Note:  Online registration is required for the two seminars.   Shalom (שלום), MAA 4th Annual Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar at NAFSA … Continue reading Mark Ashwill @ NAFSA 2019

Commissions-Based International Student Recruitment Agents: Is There a Better Way?

Wednesday, May 29, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   If you're planning to attend the 2019 annual conference of NAFSA:  Association of International Educators in Washington, D.C. and you're interested in this topic, mark your conference calendar!   Join me, Eddie West, session chair and Executive Director, International Programs, University of California-Berkeley Extension, and Mayumi Kowta, Director, International Programs California … Continue reading Commissions-Based International Student Recruitment Agents: Is There a Better Way?

Unofficial, Pre-Conference Seminar About Commissions-Based Recruitment @ NAFSA 2019

 Ethical Commissions-Based Recruitment:  The Need for a New Way Join Mark Ashwill, managing director and co-founder of Capstone Vietnam, a full-service educational consulting company in Viet Nam and former country director of the Institute of International Education-Viet Nam, Eddie West, assistant dean, UC Berkeley Extension, and executive director, international programs, and former director of international … Continue reading Unofficial, Pre-Conference Seminar About Commissions-Based Recruitment @ NAFSA 2019