Viet Nam Briefing & Discussion with US Study Abroad Students

I spent part of last Monday morning speaking and listening to a group of 17 US students who are in Viet Nam for the spring semester under the auspices of a School for International Training’s (SIT) program entitled Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development. They started out in HCMC (Saigon) on 1 February and will … Continue reading Viet Nam Briefing & Discussion with US Study Abroad Students

Enrollment of Vietnamese Students at US Universities & Colleges Up by 640% Since 2001/02

According to Open Doors data, the number of international students in the U.S. universities and colleges from 2001/02 to 2014/15 increased by 67% to reach nearly 975,000 students. That increase for Viet Nam was 640%, which places it among the top five sending countries that have experienced a growth rate of over 100%. As the … Continue reading Enrollment of Vietnamese Students at US Universities & Colleges Up by 640% Since 2001/02

Happy Planet Index: Viet Nam Ranks 5th Overall & 2nd in Asia Pacific

Vietnam ranks fifth in the Happy Planet Index results, and second in the Asia Pacific region. This Southeast Asian country, characterised by its mountains and tropical forests, has a strikingly low Ecological Footprint and economic output per head almost 24 times smaller than nearby Hong Kong. Vietnam is one of just three countries in the … Continue reading Happy Planet Index: Viet Nam Ranks 5th Overall & 2nd in Asia Pacific

“Extraordinary” Educational Achievements in Viet Nam

Vietnam’s achievements in primary and secondary education over the last two decades are extraordinary. Out of 65 countries, Vietnam ranked 17th in maths and 19th in reading – surpassing both the United States and the United Kingdom – in the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the worldwide scholastic performance measure of the Organisation … Continue reading “Extraordinary” Educational Achievements in Viet Nam

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

“Tech, Communism & Commerce Coexist In Vietnam”

Not a bad article by Larry Magid, who writes about consumer technology for the WSJ.  It was the result of a recent and very brief visit to Ha Noi, after participating in a trade show in Shenzhen, China.  Most foreign reporters have an ax to grind and often cherry pick answers that are consistent with … Continue reading “Tech, Communism & Commerce Coexist In Vietnam”