Peace Corps Coming to Vietnam for First Time

I'm very happy to see this development.  It's yet another indication that Viet Nam is coming of age as a full-fledged member of the global community of nations because it reflects the government's confidence in itself and its country. In the past, the Peace Corps was viewed with official suspicion.  (This is not without cause, … Continue reading Peace Corps Coming to Vietnam for First Time

Hanoi’s First-Ever US Embassy-Sponsored Higher Education Fair

Welcome to the newest kid on the US higher education fair block, which has expanded considerably in the past 10 years.  I'm pleased to see that the US Embassy has its very own higher education fair along the lines of the Institute of International Education-Vietnam fairs of yesteryear.  In a sense and in this particular … Continue reading Hanoi’s First-Ever US Embassy-Sponsored Higher Education Fair

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

Vietnam Education Dialogue: Higher Education Reforms

On July 31st and August 1st, US Consul General, Rena Bitter, hosted a conference on Vietnamese higher education.  The star-studded list of guests included Dr. Ngo Bao Chau, the first Vietnamese to receive the prestigious Fields Medal, known as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics, Dr. Nguyen Quan, Minister of Science and Technology, and Professor Bui … Continue reading Vietnam Education Dialogue: Higher Education Reforms

Of Proposed Fulbright Cuts, Reaper Drones & the American Fulbright University in Vietnam

The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in friendship and peace. - Senator J. William Fulbright in the Foreword to "The Fulbright Program: A History, 1965" Here's … Continue reading Of Proposed Fulbright Cuts, Reaper Drones & the American Fulbright University in Vietnam

Winning the Hearts & Minds of Young Vietnamese

Note:  If you’re an employee of the US State Department, do not pass go, do not collect $200, close this tab immediately.  This post contains a “sensitive” Wikileaks cable that originated in the US Embassy-Hanoi and commentary on the same.  If you read it, you are breaking the law, not to mention disobeying  Madam Secretary.  Please pardon … Continue reading Winning the Hearts & Minds of Young Vietnamese

Counterpoint: A US American’s Critique of a Harvard Position Paper (and More)

Countries as Role Models:  A Double-Edged Sword (aka Yes, No, It Depends) In my conversations with young people and colleagues here about overseas study, I frequently emphasize the positive/negative role model dimensions of cross-cultural exchange in general and as they relate to comparative education in particular.  Learn from another country's strengths and weaknesses.  Adapt and localize … Continue reading Counterpoint: A US American’s Critique of a Harvard Position Paper (and More)

Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2011

People visit my blog for many and varied reasons.  Some arrive here from a search engine while others visit on a regular basis looking for up-to-date information about Vietnam and, in particular, US-Vietnam educational exchange.  Here are the top ten posts of 2011.  The first one from November 2010 about student visas and US community colleges … Continue reading Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2011

First EducationUSA Fair in Iraq Attracts More Than 1,000 Students

 A recent article declares, "Tired of war, thousands of Iraqis want to go to U.S." What it fails to mention is who triggered all the bloodshed. Who made conditions in Iraq so intolerable that these people must flee? You know who. Over and over again, the U.S. has instigated mayhem or carnage overseas, generating thousands … Continue reading First EducationUSA Fair in Iraq Attracts More Than 1,000 Students