Reflections on Five (5) Years of Capstone Vietnam, Educational Consulting in Vietnam & Overseas Study Trends: Part I

This is the English version of part I of a two-part interview with me that recently appeared in the Vietnamese media.  Follow this link to read part II. In the five years since Capstone Vietnam was established, it has earned a reputation in Vietnam, the U.S. and elsewhere for quality and innovation, and is emerging … Continue reading Reflections on Five (5) Years of Capstone Vietnam, Educational Consulting in Vietnam & Overseas Study Trends: Part I

Thiết lập thông tin chính xác, nghiêm túc

Đây là bài cuối cùng tôi viết trong năm 2014, một năm thành công trên nhiều mặt. Dưới đây, tôi xin kể một tình huống đã trải qua khi dùng internet để dẫn chứng thêm nhận định về Internet , công cụ vừa mang lại những tiện ích, vừa là mối hiểm họa khó lường. … Continue reading Thiết lập thông tin chính xác, nghiêm túc

Spring 2015 StudyUSA Higher Education Fairs Promotional Video

TRIỂN LÃM DU HỌC StudyUSA CÁC TRƯỜNG ĐẠI HỌC VÀ CAO ĐẲNG HOA KỲ MÙA XUÂN 2015 5 cities, 3 regions, over 40 colleges and universities from 18 states. One of the largest & most prestigious US higher education fair series in Vietnam.  Kick-off on 4 March in Ho Chi Minh City.  (Note:  100% is … Continue reading Spring 2015 StudyUSA Higher Education Fairs Promotional Video

Of US-Based Visa Mills, Diploma Mills & Other Rogue Providers

Government watchdogs say the recent visa fraud cases have exposed gaps in ICE's oversight of schools that admit foreign students - a problem the agency says is being corrected. And experts say the scams hurt the reputation of the U.S. higher education system, which currently enrolls about 900,000 foreign students. "Fake Colleges Attract Attention From … Continue reading Of US-Based Visa Mills, Diploma Mills & Other Rogue Providers

Journalism or Political Ax-Grinding?: Setting the Record Straight

My last post of 2014, a great year, in many respects.  Below I describe one online adventure that illustrates the status of the Internet as both a blessing and a curse.  The main lesson here?  Read everything with a critical eye, check the source and question the intent.  Pause and think before jumping on the … Continue reading Journalism or Political Ax-Grinding?: Setting the Record Straight

Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment

Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote about education agents in Vietnam for University World News (12 December 2014).  The original, and admittedly rather lengthy, title was Walking the Walk:  Ethical Business Practices in the Wild and Woolly World of Agency-Based Recruitment.  That's what editors are for, right? Follow this link to read … Continue reading Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment

Not All US Higher Education Fairs Are Created Equal: Part II

Truth in advertising:  A fairly legal definition is advertisements that do not make misleading, false, or deceptive claims.  So let's say Wonderful Educational Consulting  Company is organizing a US higher education fair series and they state in their publicity that only regionally accredited (RA) colleges and universities are permitted to join.  Wouldn't you logically expect … Continue reading Not All US Higher Education Fairs Are Created Equal: Part II

Not All US Higher Education Fairs Are Created Equal: Part I

What's in a name?  When parents and students make the decision to attend a US higher education fair, what are their expectations regarding who will be sitting behind the nicely decorated tables? To enter the ballroom and see a group of mostly student volunteers representing US institutions of higher education; or. To have the opportunity … Continue reading Not All US Higher Education Fairs Are Created Equal: Part I

Vietnam: Off The Beaten Track (OTBT) Tour 2014

Below is a description of a new tour organized by EducationUSA, US Embassy, Hanoi.  Its purpose is to reach out to talented and gifted students in five (5) provinces in northern Vietnam.  Eligible t0ur participants include those who wish to "engage with Vietnam's top students who are prime candidates for U.S. institutions looking to diversity … Continue reading Vietnam: Off The Beaten Track (OTBT) Tour 2014

2nd Annual Mini-Fair on U.S.-Vietnam Joint Programs: Mixing Apples & Oranges

At the end of May, EducationUSA in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) organized the 2nd annual fair for US-Vietnam joint education programs.  If you take a look at the list below, you'll notice mostly oranges (regionally accredited colleges and universities) with a couple of apples (nationally accredited institutions) mixed in.  This is the problematic situation in which … Continue reading 2nd Annual Mini-Fair on U.S.-Vietnam Joint Programs: Mixing Apples & Oranges