Portland State University has established and sponsored the Vietnam Oregon Initiative (VOI) since May 2014. The initiative was launched in May 2014 at PSU, hosted by the US Congressman Earl Blumenauer. The goal of the VOI is to create new synergies that can leverage the existing diverse relationships across government, business, and academic sectors between the State of Oregon and Vietnam for mutual trust and deepened partnerships. The launching event was followed by an official visit to Oregon and PSU of former Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong in July of 2014. After that visit, in September, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber sent the Ambassador a letter endorsing the Vietnam Oregon Initiative.
In September 2014, Portland State University was awarded a small grant from the US Mission to Vietnam to support the acceleration of the VOI. In 2015, VOI is assisting the US Mission to Vietnam with the a year-long series of national and provincial events in 2015 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the US and Vietnam.
Vietnam Ambassador to US, Mr.Nguyen Quoc Cuong met with Vietnam Oregon Initiative's Members at PSU in June 2014. From left to right: Mr.Nguyen Quoc Cuong; Mr.Phil Keisling, Director of Center for Public Service at PSU& Chair of VOI Executive Steering Committee; and Mr.Ted Kolongoski, Former Oregon Governor (2003-2011)
Vietnam Ambassador to US, Mr.Nguyen Wuoc Cuong met with President of Portland State University, Dr. Wim Wiewel in June 2014
Members of Vietnam Oregon Initiative met with Vietnam Ambassador to U.S Mr. Nguyen Quoc Cuong