Wearing my hat as managing director and co-founder of Capstone Vietnam, a full-service educational consulting company founded with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), I'm pleased to announce this new partnership with Unibuddy. Follow this link to read the press release on Capstone's Recruit in Viet Nam website. Shalom (שלום), MAA
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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
As the end of April approaches, I thought I'd check on the number of US student visas issued since the beginning of the 2021 fiscal year and compare it with last year in the (mostly) pre-COVID era. Yes, I know this is the low season for F-1 issuances, the high season lasting from May through … Continue reading Taking the Pulse of F-1 Issuances in Viet Nam: A Year of Recovery & Challenges
Courtesy BridgeU I'm sorry but there are no free rides in the world of international student recruitment unless your institution is a global brand, e.g., Harvard, Oxford, etc. In the case of the US, think top 50, including Ivy League, schools. They built it a long time ago, have an international reputation, and prestige to … Continue reading Investing in International Student Recruitment
Source: SEVIS Data Mapping Tool Amazingly, SEVIS issued another update in December 2020, i.e., in the US presidential interregnum, that provides a clear, real-time picture of international enrollments at US educational institutions. That was the third in one year, in addition to January and September 2020. Below are the top 10 sending countries with 12-20 … Continue reading Vietnamese Enrollments in US Hold Steady in Latest SEVIS Update
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol on January 6. (Photo courtesy of CNN) We kept a close eye on the reaction of young people here to recent events in the US interregnum, including the US Capitol insurrection and violence on 6 January, all of … Continue reading Vietnamese Student Reaction to US Capitol Violence
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?”
Featuring: Ms. Ngoc Anh Dinh, Educational Services Manager (Hanoi) Ms. Quynh Anh Le, Educational Adviser (Hanoi) Ms. Tram Le, Educational Adviser (HCMC) Don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from experienced Capstone educational advisers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), who will provide a brief update about what students and parents are thinking about overseas study … Continue reading Live Update from Viet Nam! Capstone Advisers Discuss Vietnamese Student Recruitment Trends
As I stated in my holiday message to friends and colleagues, 2020 was certainly a year to remember and, in many respects, one to forget. While there have been some professional silver linings to COVID-19, innovations that we will continue in the post-COVID-19 era, it has been a year of pain and loss for so … Continue reading Wishing Everyone a Happy, Healthy, & Peaceful Solar New Year!