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PSU hosts 8 Vietnamese Fellows as part of the State Department Professional Fellows Program
Author: Center for Public Service
Posted: April 15, 2013

Portland, OR April 15, 2013 – The Center for Public Service at Portland State University will host eight economic empowerment fellows from Vietnam participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program. The Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. 

The program aims at equipping participants with knowledge and skills on conditions that promote increased participation in the global economy; public-private partnerships; sustainable and inclusive economic development; linkages between entrepreneurial activity and free markets; and transparency and accountability in business and government. 

The overall goal of the exchange program is to promote mutual understanding and lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships between key professionals and organizations in Portland and their counterparts in Vietnam.

Some of the local organizations hosting the participants include:  Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Health Authority, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Oregon Tourism Council, and Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.

“ ..We are very much looking forward to having Ms. Van here. We have a very good set of programming established for her that covers a broad spectrum of topics in the tourism industry including meeting our representatives from China during the Oregon Governor’s Conference on tourism”, says Greg Eckhart Manager, Global Sales – Asia with Oregon Tourism Council.

The Professional Fellows Program embraces the power of individual citizens to find solutions to meet challenges that face their societies and promote shared global prosperity. The Fellows, along with approximately 400 U.S. participants traveling overseas to work on reciprocal programs, help internationalize their U.S. host business and organizations.

Portland State University is one of 16 U.S.-based non-profit organizations chosen to host foreign professionals in 2012- 2013 from over 40 countries and territories worldwide. The program culminates in a three-day Professional Fellows Congress, May 8-11, 2013 in Washington, D.C. where the participants gathers to design real-world solutions and projects they can implement in their home communities and institutions.

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About the Center for Public Service

With decades of experience delivering high quality training and research products to agencies from the Pacific Northwest and around the world, the Center for Public Service offers the cost competitiveness of a not-for-profit organization, the intellectual content of a leading academic center, and the client-driven flexibility of a traditional consulting firm. There are two unique features of programs offered by CPS. First, we prefer to work in close partnership with agencies that are willing to co-design and co-deliver training and professional development programs. Second, we draw on whatever resources are needed in the larger university setting and the larger practitioner community to create programs that are uniquely tailored to meet the specific needs defined by our agency partners. 


Shpresa Halimi, Program Director