Fulbright University Vietnam to strengthen talent in Vietnam
Talent has always been a promising and valuable asset in developing countries like Vietnam. This fall, that talent pool gets even more promising and valuable with the official operation of Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) – the first American-standard, non-profit institution in Vietnam. Having followed the process since it was an initiative in 2013; I believe the institution’s establishment doesn’t just hit the headlines but to bring 2 benefits to the higher education system and the talent development.
It has been confirmed that FUV will follow a liberal education model – an exact answer for higher education. It is a common practice in developing countries that 18-year-old learners have to immediately decide their career path to apply for corresponding universities. That is unnecessary and may lead to many career misjudgements later in life. The liberal education, in contrast, provides young learners adequate resources and time to approach different expertise and thoroughly consider where they want to dedicate their future. In my opinion, this model will help Vietnam build skilled, career-oriented labour force comparable to that of developed Asian countries.
In addition, FUV’s prestigious educational standard is a complement I have been waiting for to the already talented labour force in Vietnam. The institution is open for application from this fall and while it starts with the Master in Public Policy program, the plan envisions more undergraduate courses in Science, Social & Humanities, Finance and, of course, Technology. From the educational sphere, Vietnamese students now can take advantage of modern learning methods; absorb various viewpoints and theories while having an ideal academic environment to develop their own paths. From the business perspective, I would expect a dynamic talent pool which is English-fluent, well-versed in fields like Technology or Finance, and professionally ready to any complex, value-creating business function.
While it is still early to confirm any success, the liberal model and American educational standard FUV offers would be vital in developing competitive talent. I also hope this pioneering institution, and many more prestigious establishments in the future, would open up more educational chances as well as business opportunities in Vietnam.