Vietnamese universities should attract more foreign students: experts

More universities in Vietnam should open programmes to foreign students as demand for study-abroad courses has increased, according to education experts. Speakers at the American Abroad Conference 2018 explain how universities in Vietnam could attract more international students At the American Abroad Conference 2018 held yesterday in HCM City, Edwina Rowell, adjunct professor of Campbellsville University in the US, said that 325,229 US students studied abroad for academic credit in the 2016-17 academic year, representing 11.1 per cent of all US college and university students, citing data from an Open Doors 2017 study. Of these, 11 per cent studied in Asia, including in Vietnam. Open Doors 2017 is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and for US students studying abroad for academic credit at their home institutions. Vietnam is becoming a more popular destination for American students, according to Open Doors. In the 2016-2017 academic year, Vietnam welcomed 1,012 students from the US. Megan Ames, international outreach and recruitment specialist at Institute of International Education, said the number had increased from 922 in the 2014-2015 academic year. Universities should change their perceptions of studying abroad, and realise that every student expects study abroad to be an “essential part of a university education”, she said. Many countries have incentives for US students. For instance, New Zealand provides merit-based and travel awards for US students. According to the Kaya Responsible Travel and World Internships, Vietnam has great potential… [Read full story]

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