Education UK: Vietnam Country Partner Meeting

I was invited to speak on Friday, 14 October to representatives from 60 British colleges and universities who were in Vietnam for a series of events, including the UK higher education fairs in Hanoi, HCMC and Danang.  My assigned topic was The Study Abroad Market:  A US Perspective.  During the 30 minutes or so at my disposal, … Continue reading Education UK: Vietnam Country Partner Meeting

In the Name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit: Saving Souls Through English Teaching in Vietnam

Why do foreigners come to Vietnam to work for the long-term?  Why do they leave their families, friends, jobs, the comforts of home in an “advanced” (i.e., wealthy) nation for life in a (poor) developing country?  Money, adventure, penance, reconciliation, professional opportunity, a chance to contribute to Vietnam’s development, love (“home is where the heart … Continue reading In the Name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit: Saving Souls Through English Teaching in Vietnam

Ambassador Michael Michalak’s Farewell Press Conference

At his final press conference on 6 January, Michael Michalak, US Ambassador to Vietnam, began his prepared remarks with these statements:  I arrived in Hanoi in August 2007. Over the past nearly three and a half years, we have together witnessed many milestones.  In trade, education, security cooperation, we have made truly amazing progress. It’s no … Continue reading Ambassador Michael Michalak’s Farewell Press Conference

Webmetrics & This Blog

If you go to Google.com and enter the search term rogue providers, you will find “About 740,000 results (0.26 seconds)” and the first result will be a 19 November 2010 post entitled “Students warned of rogue education providers.” 1.         “Students warned of rogue education providers” « An International ... 19 Nov 2010 ... Keep in … Continue reading Webmetrics & This Blog

And the Top Five Are…

In the past week the most frequently viewed posts on An International Educator in Vietnam are related to Wikileaks, the next US Ambassador to Vietnam (i.e., David Shear), US-Vietnam educational exchange and the College of Charleston.  This is what I see in the "site stats" section of my blog:  Top Searches wikileaks vietnam, college of … Continue reading And the Top Five Are…

Wikileaks & Vietnam

Many people with a personal and professional interest in Vietnam are patiently waiting to see if any nuggets of gold can be mined from the ore that is the 2325 US Embassy-Hanoi documents that will be trickling out on the Wikileaks Cable Gate website.  Areas of interest include all of the “usual suspects” such as war legacy issues (e.g., unexploded ordnance … Continue reading Wikileaks & Vietnam

US-Vietnam Educational Exchanges: Impact and Prospects

Plenary Session On Friday, 10 December, I attended a conference in Hanoi for US Government exchange alumni (e.g., Fulbright, VEF, etc.) .   The conference was open to the public and to all US Department of State alumni who have participated in a U.S. Government-funded exchange program from Vietnam.  The US Embassy-Hanoi billed it as "an opportunity for the public … Continue reading US-Vietnam Educational Exchanges: Impact and Prospects

Building Partnerships in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S. and Vietnam

This third education conference, hosted by US Ambassador Michael Michalak, took place on January 14-15, 2010 in Hanoi.  In addition to the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, the Conference was also sponsored by Vietnam National University, Hanoi, and the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).  The Embassy reported that 620 people registered for the conference. Included in the … Continue reading Building Partnerships in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S. and Vietnam

“EducationUSA Advising Moves Into the U.S. Embassy & Consulate”

This announcement was uploaded to IIE-Vietnam's website on 25 November.   It mentions (rather indirectly) the fact that the Ho Chi Minh City office will be closed in a few months and that advising services will no longer be available in the Hanoi office after the "transition."  http://www.iievn.org/WebPage/Default/DetailNews.aspx?parentCateId=61&id=304 Why?  Most likely political and financial reasons - in that order.  Education has become an … Continue reading “EducationUSA Advising Moves Into the U.S. Embassy & Consulate”