|Education Mission to Vietnam and Indonesia -- Education/Training Services|
Mission stops include: April 3 & 4 in Jakarta; April 6 in Ho Chi Minh City; and April 8 in Hanoi.
The mission will introduce participants to potential students and prospective partners. Participating in the Education Mission, rather than traveling to these markets independently, will enhance the schools' ability to secure the appropriate meetings, especially in light of the high level engagement and support of U.S. education by the U.S. ambassadors in each of these countries.
The mission will include education sector briefings, and a student fair at each stop with the options of matchmaking sessions with potential recruitment partners, or networking sessions with local schools.
Mission participants will interact with CS education specialists as well as other State Department advisors and officers to discuss opportunities, challenges and marketing strategies for each market.
With a population of 86 million, a steadily increasing per capita income, a booming private sector, and the high value the Vietnamese place on education, Vietnam offers significant opportunities to U.S. providers of education services. Vietnam presently has over 20,000 students studying abroad, paying about $200 million in tuition and fees every year. Of those, 13,000 are studying in the US. With an increase of 46% over last year, Vietnam ranks 9th among countries sending students to the U.S. This increase is the 6th consecutive double-digit increase in Vietnamese students going to the U.S. Notably, Vietnam ranks 3rd among countries sending international students to the U.S. to study at community colleges. English as a Second Language and English immersion programs and majors such as business management, engineering, information technologies, and sciences are popular among Vietnamese students.
Education reform has not kept pace with economic development in Vietnam, and improving the education system will be crucial to sustaining long-term growth. Education has become a key feature in bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and the U.S. The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi has made the development of education in Vietnam a top priority, including dramatically increasing the number of Vietnamese students studying at U.S. institutions of higher learning and encouraging greater educational exchange between the U.S. and Vietnam.
Indonesia, as the world's fourth largest nation and one of the G-20's strongest economies, is a tremendous potential market for U.S. educational institutions. There are numerous state-owned and private national and international high schools and prospects for the higher education market are good. Most Indonesian students are keen to study abroad and the U.S. has been one of the most desired destinations.
Under President Obama's U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, the education sector is the number one priority. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has a goal to double the current number of Indonesian students studying at U.S. educational institutions by 2014 to 15,000.
At present, there are over 50,000 Indonesian students overseas, including, 7,692 students in the United States. Of these, approximately 64 percent are pursuing undergraduate degrees. Indonesia ranks 16th among countries sending students to the U.S. Indonesia is also a leading market for U.S. community colleges. In addition to two-and-four year programs, Indonesia offers a promising market for ESL. While English-language is commonly taught in most high schools, most Indonesian students need to attend an intensive English-language preparation class before being qualified for admission to undergraduate studies.
|Debra Rogers, Chicago|
Senior International Trade Specialist
|Bernadette Rojas, Cleveland|
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 216 522-4740
|Greg Thompson, North Texas|
Senior International Trade Specialist