US university to start sending students to Vietnam
04-16-2009, 09:41 am
- The first students of US-based LoyolaUniversity will arrive in Vietnam next month to participate in Loyola's study-abroad pilot
programme in Vietnam.
programme is one of three pilot programmes Loyola plans to launch in Vietnam this year. It will offer the students a month
studying anthropology before going to work for two weeks in local orphanages
and elementary schools.
Loyola is the first
American university to establish a representative office in Vietnam as part of a partnership with the Vietnam Ministry
of Education and Training.
Provost Patrick Boyle says the university wants to help foster cooperation
between the two countries. "Developing positive relations between the US and Vietnam is a theme that runs through our activities",
The university will
offer English as a second language course for Vietnamese students at HanoiMedicalUniversity.
According to the Associate
Provost, although students at HanoiMedicalUniversity have studied English for many years, they are usually not fluent, and
Loyola will provide advanced instruction. "The goal is to help them to
participate in medical research by giving them access to English-language
journals and conferences," he further says.
hopes the programme will lead to collaboration between HanoiMedicalUniversity and its own medical school.
Provost reveals that the university's leadership training programme, which will
be designed for Vietnamese university officials, is in the making. The
programme is scheduled to start late this year or in early 2010.
The Ho Chi Minh City office is Loyola's third international outpost. The
university has two centers in Rome and Beijing and 70 other places in charge of study-abroad