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

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