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About the US State Department Professional Fellows Program

About our Program

The Professional Fellows Division of Education and Cultural Affairs' Office of Citizen Exchanges at the State Department has awarded a 2-year (2012-2014), $400,000 grant to Portland State University to implement a program entitled “Vietnam and USA mid-level professionals exchange program: Mutual learning for economic empowerment in the context of business and government partnerships.”  The program goal is to promote mutually beneficial partnerships between Vietnamese and U.S. professionals; provide Vietnamese professionals an opportunity to gain knowledge of U.S. economic empowerment practices, and provide U.S. participants with an opportunity to share their knowledge with the Vietnamese counterparts. The Center for Public Service will implement the Professional Fellows Program and conduct a four-part, two-way Economic Empowerment Program for approximately 32 mid-level professionals - 16 participants from Vietnam, and approximately 16 U.S. participants.

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In surveys taken one year after their participation in the Professional Fellows Program, participants report that:

  • 95% introduced new ideas & knowledge into their workplace
  • 59% organized or initiated new activities or projects in their communities
  • 55% assumed a leadership role or position in their community
  • 52% introduced new policies or procedures in their place of work
  • 33% established a new organization in their community
  • 27% wrote newspaper articles, including editorials and opinion pieces
  • 25% proposed, wrote, and/or passed a new law