USAID Strengthening Provincial Capacity (SPC) Awarded to PSU 2019-2024

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PSU’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government will serve as the lead academic partner for a newly awarded USAID Strengthening Provincial Capacity (SPC) contract to support economic and political governance reform in Vietnam. Chemonics International, Inc., an international development organization will serve as prime contractor for the 5-year, $13.3 million award, in a partnership that also includes J.E. Austin Associates, Inc. Read full announcement here. 


25th Anniversary of U.S. Vietnam Relations

State Partnership Program Director Lieutenant Colonel Melinda Lepore, Port of Portland Commissioner and Bambuza Hospitality Group Owner Katherine Lam and Vietnam Oregon Initiative Program Administrator Julia Babcock worked with Consul General Nguyen Trac Toan (Biography) and staff to build the 2020 agenda aligned with mutually beneficial activities around the 25th anniversary of normalized relations. Covid-19 has delayed this agenda, however, to support Oregon’s recovery and as an act of goodwill--the Consulate General sent PPE to the State of Oregon to be distributed by the Oregon National Guard. 


Congratulations Fulbright Scholar, Bryan Nguyen PSU MURP Alumni 2019

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Vietnam Oregon Initiative Climate Agenda Launched 2019

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Launched in 2019 with Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Khanh Nguy Thi and Governor Brown, the VOI Climate Agenda promotes public policy solutions through leadership, training and technology transfer to enhance Oregon and Vietnam’s market-based transition to clean energy and climate resilience. Based on Oregon’s Climate Agenda, the platform is focused on climate change policy and leadership, clean energy workforce training and education and sustainable product development. The agenda was presented as part of the 55th ISOCARP Congress in Jakarta (authors: Nguy Thi Khanh-Green Innovation and Development Centre, Hien Thu Bui-Smart i Connector, Phan Mạnh Tuấn- Legal Consultant and Julia Babcock-National Policy Consensus Center)


Building University-Industry Learning and Development through Innovation and Technology (BUILD-IT)


The BUILD-IT public-private ecosystem is designed to produce graduates who can solve problems and engineer solutions and value for Vietnam’s social and economic development. PSU played a formative role in preparing institutions to accelerate their capacity to innovate and transform student learning. 


The U.S Mission in Vietnam identified PSU as a trusted U.S. partner to carry out an ambitious array of commemorative, high visibility events in 2015 that reflects a three-pronged strategy:

 1) Gala events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City around the 4th of July to commemorate the 1995 month in which the Normalization Agreement was signed

 2) 10 national-level monthly celebrations throughout Vietnam, each highlighting a major thematic focus of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement signed by the United States and Vietnam in 2013 and 

3) commemorative events in each of Vietnam's 63 provinces with a US official in attendance. 

Over the last 12 years, PSU has established a solid reputation with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington DC as a key partner engaging with U.S. and Vietnamese academic, business, government, and defense organizations. As a result of the work within the university, PSU attracts more Vietnamese students for undergraduate and graduate degrees than any other university in Oregon.

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News in English:

Vietnam, U.S. Target 20 more years of successful ties

The Vietnam Forum with Ambassador of Vietnam Pham Quang Vinh and Ambassador of the United States to Vietnam Ted Osius


Intel Vietnam Scholars Program

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Over 700 applicants sought admission to the highly competitive Intel Vietnam Scholars program which supported engineering degrees and training scholarships for 73 students at PSU from 2009-2014. The program sponsored by Intel Corporation was recognized for outstanding citizenship with the Secretary of State’s 2012 Award for Corporate Excellence. Intel's commitment to making transformative educational opportunities available in Vietnam was among many reasons cited for their nomination. The third cohort was featured in Bloomberg.

US State Department Professional Fellows Program

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The Professional Fellows Division of Education and Cultural Affairs' Office of Citizen Exchanges at the State Department awarded a 2-year grant to PSU to implement a program 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. 

EMERGE Political Leadership Training Program

The EMERGE Political Leadership Training Program is the result of a partnership between CPS and the Monitoring Office of Program 165, Vietnam, a national office established to provide public leadership, management, and English language training opportunities for Vietnamese Communist Party and Government leaders and officials. Portland State University was chosen to host the training because of its strong commitments and partnerships in Vietnam. A deep understanding of the socio-economic situation and political culture of Vietnam allows PSU faculty and staff to design and develop relevant leadership programs for Vietnamese public leaders and officials. EMERGE continues to be adapted to trainings domestically and internationally and concepts have been adapted as part of the book released in 2019 by Drs. Marcus Ingle, Doug Morgan and Craig Shinn New Public Leadership: Making a Difference from Where We Sit