Sixteen years ago, US President Clinton came to Vietnam, beginning a new era of cooperation between our two countries. AUV is the first and only American University in the country. With an establishment license from the Ministry of Education and Training and the support of many local and national leaders in Vietnam, the programmes of American University in Vietnam (AUV) provide solid grounding in critical thinking as well as degrees in Business, Hospitality Management, Computer Science and Communication during its inaugural year. Future degree programmes are anticipated in Engineering, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, and Pre-Medicine, as well as graduate degrees such as the MBA, MPA and Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language. The courses are the same as found in top tier US universities, with a curriculum designed by educators with degrees from Harvard, Wharton, Duke, UCLA and other American partner schools. A modern campus in Da Nang, partnerships with … [Read more...] about Welcome President OBAMA to Vietnam and to the Opening of the American University in Vietnam
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In his second article, Prof. Neal Koblitz argues that no foreign power should be allowed to dominate Vietnam's academic world. A Vietnamese colleague criticized my recent article in VnExpress International for being too negative. It was a warning about what Vietnam should not do in higher education, but it said little about what Vietnam should do. The purpose of this second article is to give an answer to the latter question. Vietnam must act quickly to improve the conditions at Vietnam National University (VNU) and the other government universities. The university system has the potential for rapid improvement if it is funded and supported adequately. Vietnamese history and culture give grounds for optimism. Education is highly valued, teachers are respected; most students study hard and behave well in school. Vietnam has a generally good system of primary and secondary education that produces graduates that are talented and well-prepared by international standards. Even during … [Read more...] about Vietnam should chart own path to create world-class schools. History proves it can.
Vietnam Business Forum would like to introduce some comments of US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael W. Marine on Vietnam's higher education on the occasion of his visit to Shidler Business Administration College in Ho Chi Minh City under Hawaii University on August 6. In my three years as the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, I have seen great changes taking place here. The bonds between our two countries have grown broader and deeper than perhaps any of us might have envisioned only a few years ago. While there are many reasons for this deepening relationship, I believe the two most important factors are a fundamental convergence of Vietnamese and U.S. interests in ensuring stability and security in this part of the world, and the growing exchanges between our governments and our people. Economically, Vietnam is making major strides forward. The value of U.S. - Vietnam trade will exceed US$10 billion dollars this year, up from US$1.5 billion in 2001. The United States is Vietnam's top export … [Read more...] about Challenges of Higher Education in Vietnam: U.S. Ambassador Michael W. Marine
Both the United States and India are growing concerned at the reach and ambition of the Chinese navy, which is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) and is challenging India's domination in the Indian Ocean. New Delhi, shedding its decades-old reluctance to be drawn into America's embrace, agreed last month to open up its military bases to the United States in exchange for access to weapons technology to help it narrow the gap with China. The two sides also said their navies will hold talks on anti submarine warfare (ASW), an area of sensitive military technology and closely held tactics that only allies share. "These types of basic engagements will be the building blocks for an enduring Navy-to-Navy relationship that we hope will grow over time into a shared ASW capability," one U.S. official familiar with India-U.S. military cooperation said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Indian naval officials say Chinese submarines have been … [Read more...] about Wary of China’s Indian Ocean activities, U.S., India discuss anti-submarine warfare