The story of the Asian Dragon

Today’s Vietnam is undergoing some of the fastest socio-economic changes any country in the world has seen. The Asian Dragon, as it is frequently called, is a major development success story that has experienced remarkable rates of economic growth since the start of massive political and economic reforms called doi moi in 1986. It is now a middle-income country with a poverty rate of less than 10%, massive influx of foreign investment, and booming modern cities that swallow up many of the surrounding villages.

At the same time, the lure of modern living has a deep impact on the traditional networks of family and community that continue to play a pivotal role in Vietnamese society. More than half of the population of over 90 million is under the age of 26. Major developmental challenges have emerged, ranging from rapidly growing inequality to environmental degradation, depletion of natural resources, rapid urbanization and corruption. Especially in urban areas, the Vietnamese increasingly question the old Confucian principles upheld in what continues to be nominally a communist society. And women in particular struggle to redefine their place in a country that was traditionally driven by a strong patriarchal system that emphasized male leadership.
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It is this vibrant and at times explosive environment that forms the exciting backdrop for our global engagement programs in Vietnam. Below is a snapshot of our regular study abroad and voluntary service programs. Additionally, we are happy to work with institutional partners to design unique faculty-led and custom programs.

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Study Abroad Programs

Intercultural Communication & Service
(Hoa Sen University)
June 25-July 16
July 16-August 6

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Politics of Development & Service
(Hoa Sen University)
June 25-July 16
July 16-August 6

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Microfinance
(Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City)
May 14-June 4
June 25-July 16
August 6-27

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Financial Management
(Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City)
July 16-August 6
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Global Health
(The College of New Jersey & NTTU)
March 13-19
March 20-27
July 24-31

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Voluntary Service Programs

Newborn Care
(Project Vietnam Foundation)
March 27-April 3  |  April 3-10
July 24-31
November 30-December 7

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Emergency Cardiac Care
(Vietnam Red Cross)
March 27-April 3
April 3-10

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Women & Leadership
(Southern Institute of Social Sciences)
December 10-17
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