Happy Birthday, Capstone Vietnam! Chúc mừng sinh nhật, Capstone Việt Nam!

Below is the English version of my message. The Vietnamese version is here: Capstone Sau 12 Năm Phát Triển: Vẫn Hướng Tới Những Tầm Cao Mới. Warm greetings from Capstone Vietnam! On Thursday, 16 September, we celebrate the latest milestone in Capstone’s distinguished and eventful history. It was the day in 2009 when a kernel … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Capstone Vietnam! Chúc mừng sinh nhật, Capstone Việt Nam!

“PhD Production Plan: Will Project 89 Go a New Way?”

Ph.D. diploma. Image courtesy of VietNamNet Global A question and a suggestion. 1) Why does Viet Nam need so many new Ph.D.s? It's a research degree. Many faculty positions focus almost exclusively on teaching undergraduates. In those cases and in most fields, a Master's degree will suffice. A Ph.D. is only necessary if the individual … Continue reading “PhD Production Plan: Will Project 89 Go a New Way?”

Capstone Webinar: A Virtual Update from Viet Nam

In this webinar, scheduled during the virtual NAFSA 2021 annual conference, my staff and I will provide a comprehensive update about what’s happening in Viet Nam as it relates to overseas study. Topics include COVID-19 in Viet Nam, lingering concerns about the coronavirus in top overseas study destinations, the impact of anti-Asian racism, etc. At … Continue reading Capstone Webinar: A Virtual Update from Viet Nam

“Will Vietnamese student numbers in the US recover post-COVID?”

This photo is from one of Capstone's fall flex-fairs. This is my latest essay for University World News, uploaded yesterday. The (editor's) title is a rhetorical question that I'm pleased to answer in the affirmative, assuming institutions act accordingly. I address some possible steps to take in the last section entitled A time to rebuild. … Continue reading “Will Vietnamese student numbers in the US recover post-COVID?”

Looking For (More) Stories About Vietnamese Students!

(Photo courtesy of Soha. Công dân toàn cầu = Global citizens) Dear Friends & Colleagues, If your institution, secondary or postsecondary, has hosted Vietnamese students and you're had the pleasure of working with them over the years, please share your stories with me. There is no word limit. So far, I've received contributions ranging from a … Continue reading Looking For (More) Stories About Vietnamese Students!

Going Home Again – The Vietnamese overseas return

Source images: Bitexco Financial Tower, in Ho Chi Minh City © Kevin Miller/Alamy; vendors in Hoi An © John Milligan/Alamy; Tra On, in the Mekong Delta region © Robert Harding/Alamy; Mekong Delta © Jason Langley/Alamy Here's an interesting take on Viet Nam, overseas Vietnamese, and related identity issues that appeared in the June 2020 issue … Continue reading Going Home Again – The Vietnamese overseas return

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

Is the Bloom Off the Canadian Rose for Vietnamese Students?

I wrote updates for University World News in 2018 (Vietnamese students look at the US and head north - editor's title) and 2019 (The shift of Vietnamese students to Canada marches on) but I what I have to say this year will fit into a short blog post. As of 31 December 2019, there were … Continue reading Is the Bloom Off the Canadian Rose for Vietnamese Students?

Vietnam: An outlier in the coronavirus epidemic and HE?

Photo: iStock (MAA: Note that "South China Sea" is known as the "East Sea" in Viet Nam, for obvious geopolitical reasons.) Here's my latest essay for University World News about COVID-19 and how Viet Nam has dealt with it so far. This is a classic example of "breaking news", which means that writing about it … Continue reading Vietnam: An outlier in the coronavirus epidemic and HE?

Mark Ashwill to Lead 5th Annual Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar at NAFSA 2020

UPDATE: The NAFSA 2020 annual conference was canceled, for obvious reasons. Capstone Vietnam is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Ashwill, managing director and co-founder, will speak at an unofficial, pre-conference Viet Nam student recruitment seminar to be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in St. Louis, MO. (NOTE: This assumes, of course, that the conference … Continue reading Mark Ashwill to Lead 5th Annual Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar at NAFSA 2020