Fulbright University Vietnam
Vietnam faces a disconnect between its educational priorities and the demand for skilled employees. While Vietnamese students perform well on standard academic tests, employers consistently report that students lack the skills needed to excel, as reflected in the high underemployment rate of college graduates.
Fulbright University Vietnam strives to close the gap between higher education and Vietnam’s greatest needs.
Their origin story dates to the establishment of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP), now the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM), in 1994 by the Harvard Vietnam Program.
Powered by funding from the U.S. Department of State, FETP built a reputation as a center of excellence in public policy research and teaching in Vietnam.
On FETP’s campus, students and faculty alike spent many hours underneath a large tamarind tree. It is fitting that the initial vision for an independent nonprofit university emerged from discussions among FETP supporters and stakeholders, sitting under a tamarind tree.
In 2012, the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam, an American nonprofit corporation, was established to sponsor and shepherd this newly formed idea.
After donating 15 hectares of land for their future campus in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 9, the Vietnamese government granted Fulbright our operating license in 2017.
Their vibrant Crescent Campus hosts their first class of undergraduates and cohorts of dynamic FSPPM graduate students.