|The US State Department has granted Harvard University US$2.5 million to transition a public policy programme in Viet Nam into the country's first independent, non-profit, US-affiliated university in HCM City. — Photo nld.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The US State Department has granted Harvard University US$2.5 million to transition a public policy programme in Viet Nam into the country's first independent, non-profit, US-affiliated university in HCM City, according to the Harvard Crimson newspaper.
According to the Crimson, the Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) will expand on the existing Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP), a public policy master's programme that the Ash Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government established in 1994 with the University of Economics, HCM City.
The new university is expected to begin in September 2016.
Harvard will no longer have a managerial presence in the school's operations, according to Ash Center spokesperson Daniel B. Harsha, but will continue to retain a strong teaching and research presence at the HCM-based school, the newspaper reported.
"The next step which Harvard felt was really needed is to evolve this public policy school into a stand-alone university," Harsha said.
Viet Nam's higher education landscape is dominated by for-profit colleges or state universities that lack the research capacity of American universities.
"FUV can grow and reach a lot more students than it can now," he said.
At a Fulbright University Youth event in Ha Noi earlier this month, FUV representative Dam Bich Thuy said that there would be three different schools under the Fulbright University.
They are the School of Public Policies and Management, the School for Engineering and Applied Science and a liberal arts-style Fulbright College.
Thuy said that the Fulbright University was established so that Viet Nam could compete with other institutions in the region and the world. The FUV was going to operate on the basic principles including non-profit, honesty, transparency, and full accountability.
"We strive for this institution not to be only for the rich. It should be inclusive for all types of people in the society," Thuy said.
The university has set a goal of raising $100 million and enrolling 2,000 students in its first five years. So far, it has raised about $40 million in pledges, the Harvard Crimson reported. — VNS