Harvard wants to receive more Vietnamese students: President

“We would be eager to have more students from Vietnam,” Harvard’s 28th president said during her trip to Vietnam from March 21 to 26.

Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust (C) meets students and faculty at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities after finishing her speech on March 23, 2017.

Harvard would be happy to welcome more students from Vietnam, Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust said at a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday, during her trip to the Southeast Asian country from March 21 to 26.

“We would be eager to have more students from Vietnam,” the Harvard’s president said.

“I want to emphasize that we would welcome the students very warmly.”

Answering a reporter’s question on whether her trip to Vietnam will open more doors for Vietnamese students to access scholarships to Harvard, Prof. Faust confirmed that any undergraduate student who applies will be offered the same financial aid opportunities as offered to American students.

“Tell the students that I hope they will consider Harvard as a possible place to advance their intellectual courses”, she continued.

According to president Faust, 16 Vietnamese students are currently being educated at the Ivy League school.

Earlier that morning, Prof. Faust gave a speech on American Civil War to hundreds of students and faculty from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.


Students listen to Faust’s speech. Photo: Thuan Thang/ Tuoi Tre

Afterwards, she spoke with leaders from the Ho Chi Minh University and the Vietnam National University about collaborative opportunities, including past collaboration efforts between Harvard and the Vietnamese scholars and future cooperative exchanges.

She said scholars from Harvard are currently undertaking research about Vietnam, particularly research relating to the Mekong Delta which she called very important.

Curing her trip in Ho Chi Minh City, Faust also visited Fulbright University Vietnam, which she said Harvard will continue to support ties with in many fields.

Harvard’s Kennedy School and Fulbright University Vietnam have previously signed a memorandum of understanding that the two institutions would agree to explore opportunities for collaboration in public policy, teaching, research, and related areas.


Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust listens to Fulbright University Vietnam’s President Dam Bich Thuy (R) during her visit to the school in Ho Chi  Minh City on March 23, 2017. Photo: Thuan Thang/ Tuoi Tre

Drew Gilpin Faust is the 28th president of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, according to the school’s website.

A historian of the Civil War and the American South, Faust was the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, guiding its transformation from a college into a wide-ranging institute for scholarly and creative enterprise, distinctive for its multidisciplinary focus and the exploration of new knowledge at the crossroads of traditional fields.

Faust previously served as the Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the faculty for 25 years.

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