Challenge to Industry Competitors: Take Your Game to the Next Level!

Dear IEinV Followers, I know that many of you are US and foreign higher education colleagues because of the feedback I receive.  Included among the "others" are some government friends and competitors.  The latter drop by to see what I'm up to and to see what (free) information they can glean from my posts for … Continue reading Challenge to Industry Competitors: Take Your Game to the Next Level!

China & Vietnam: A Study in the USA Comparison

Given the  intriguing historical relationship between Vietnam and China, I thought it might be interesting to do a brief comparison between the two as it relates to study in the USA. But first, here’s some basic up-to-date (as of 2014) information about each country. China The population of China is estimated at 1,393,783,836 as of … Continue reading China & Vietnam: A Study in the USA Comparison

‘American Universities Are Addicted to Chinese Students’

A startling number of Chinese students are getting kicked out of American colleges. According to a white paper published by WholeRen, a Pittsburgh-based consultancy, an estimated 8,000 students from China were expelled from universities and colleges across the United States in 2013-4. The vast majority of these students—around 80 percent—were removed due to cheating or … Continue reading ‘American Universities Are Addicted to Chinese Students’

Vietnam’s Stock Continues to Rise…

 in the World of U.S. International Student Recruitment Let me begin with the end of an article I wrote for the NAFSA International Enrollment Management (IEM) e-newsletter.  If you're interested in reading the piece in its entirety, follow this link. A Look Ahead Vietnam is a country on the move. Daunting obstacles have been overcome … Continue reading Vietnam’s Stock Continues to Rise…

Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

Below are some excerpts from this World Education Services (WES) follow-up study to a 2012 research report that identifies key emerging markets for international student recruitment through 2018 and seeks to inform higher education institutions’ strategic planning by giving them a deeper understanding of future international student recruitment markets. This report addresses two main questions: … Continue reading Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

Happiness (Among Nations) Is…

This is one of my favorite annual reports, one that should be closely read by representatives of every government.  Color me naive but I believe that happiness is, after all, one of the primary purposes of government.  Keep in mind that this 172 pp. report is not only about "happiness," as in "do you feel … Continue reading Happiness (Among Nations) Is…

The 7th “Engaging with Vietnam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” Conference

 in combination with The First Vietnam-US Higher Education Forum I am pleased to share this announcement from the organizers of The 7th "Engaging with Vietnam - An Interdisciplinary Dialogue" Conference in combination with The First Vietnam-US Higher Education Forum. This two-day event will attract Vietnam scholars and other experts from Vietnam and all over the … Continue reading The 7th “Engaging with Vietnam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” Conference

Taking Vietnam to the Next Level: The Role of Education

I recently had the opportunity to speak to members of UPCEA at its 100th annual conference and post-conference international briefing with a focus on Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam - Higher Education in Context.  The University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education in the US. … Continue reading Taking Vietnam to the Next Level: The Role of Education

One Less Finger in the Dike: Financial Autonomy & VN Higher Education

At least seven public universities in Vietnam have applied for “financial autonomy” since the government promised late last year that it would give them full control over fiscal affairs, including setting their own tuition rates.  Two of the applicants – Ton Duc Thang University and University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City – have … Continue reading One Less Finger in the Dike: Financial Autonomy & VN Higher Education

Lord of the Flies, Vietnam-Style

A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. ~ Mahatma Gandhi School bullying is not a problem unique to Vietnam but it is one that has been on the rise in recent years and that receives considerable coverage in the media.  In this case, it was a 7th grade girl in … Continue reading Lord of the Flies, Vietnam-Style