Sources of Excellence: Research and Community Engagement in U.S. Universities A Conference for Higher Education Stakeholders

Sources of Excellence: Research and Community Engagement in U.S. Universities A Conference for Higher Education Stakeholders

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Organizers:             Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM), U.S. Consulate General HCMC, Portland State University

Schedule: 19 March 2016

08:00 – 08:30         Registration

08:30 – 08:45         Welcome and introduction

Remarks by University of Science – VNUHCM

Opening remarks by U.S. Consul General Rena Bitter

08:45 – 09:30         U.S. higher education system overview

  • Dr. John Gallup, Portland State University

    09:30 – 10:30         Building an “Academia-Industry-Government” Ecosystem to Foster Innovation

  • Nathaniel Rettenmayer

    Economic Officer – U.S. Consulate General



  • Jeremy Showalter

    Marketing & Operations Lead

    Microsoft Vietnam


    •   Dr. Bui Xuan Loc

    Senior Data Scientist

    Fossil Misfit



    10:30 – 11:00         Coffee break


    11:00 – 12:00         Private and public universities in the U.S. – Differences and Similarities

  • Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh

    Director of Research, Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, HCMC



  • Dr. Alfredo Varela

    Executive Director - Center for International Programs

    St. Mary’s University


  • Dr. Jing Luan

    President, San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

    Chairman, Study California


  • Mr. Terrence F. Graham

    Associate Dean and Executive Director of International Programs Center for International Education - California State University, Long Beach


    12:00 – 13:00         Accreditation and Recognition in the United States


  • Dr. Vu The Dung

    Vice Rector, University of Technology, VNUHCM



  • Dr. Nguyen Hoi Nghia

    Vice President, VNUHCM

    Director, Center for Education Accreditation


  • Ms. Huong Nguyen

    Quality Assurance Coordinator, Arizona State University


  • Dr. Patrick F. Plunkett

Senior Associate Dean for Global Engagement

Northeastern University


13:00 – 13:15              Concluding remarks by VNUHCM


13:15 – 14:30              Networking lunch

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