Conference “Source of Excellence: Research and Community engagement in the U.S. universities – A conference for higher education stakeholders”

Published on 23 March 2016

In the late morning of March 19th, the conference namely “Source of Excellence: Research and Community engagement in the U.S. universities – A conference for higher education stakeholders” was held at University of Science. This conference is organized by Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh city (VNUHCM), the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh city and Portland State University (PSU).

To open the conference, MC introduced distinguished guests included Ms. Rena Bitter – the U.S. Consul General, Prof.Dr Nguyen Hoi Nghia – Vice President of VNUHCM, Prof.Dr Tran Le Quan – Vice Rector of the University of Science and all of representatives from other universities in the U.S.

For an opening remark, Prof.Dr Tran Le Quan delivered his speech and showed his happiness to cooperate with other partners to hold this workshop. Right after him, Ms. Rena Bitter highlighted some education activities between two countries. She also hoped that there are many conferences like this would be organized in a very short future.

the U.S. Consulate General representatives

Directly going to the panel discussion, Prof. John Gallup who represents for the PSU had a long yet interesting presentation such as some differences between the U.S. and Vietnam universities, about some reasons why the U.S. institutions focusing on R&D and also some examples from successful universities in the U.S., China and Korea.

Prof. John Gallup from Portland State University

There are three panelists from the U.S. Consulate General, Microsoft Vietnam and Fossil Misfit – Mr. Nataniel Rettenmayer, Mr. Jeremy Showalter and Dr. Bui Xuan Loc whom started the discussion panel with title as “Building an Academia-Industry-Government ecosystem to foster innovation”. This is a trivialized panel for the next two ones.

After the coffee break, the second panel has started by the group of three panelists from St. Mary’s University, Study California and California State University. Working under moderator Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh the discussion was a very open and attractive. By analyzing and giving their own opinion, the panelists helped the audience differ from the private and public institutions in terms of tuition fee, outcome, excellency, etc. 

To end the discussion panel, group of other three panelists namely Dr. Nguyen Hoi Nghia, Ms. Huong Nguyen and Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett from VNUHCM, Arizona State University and Northeastern University concluded the information about accreditation and recognition in the U.S. The networking buffet lunch was served for all the guests closed the conference in a cordial atsmosphere.   

published by Tuyen Nguyen, Office of Int'l Relations & Projects Mngt