Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) is Fulbright University Vietnam’s very first University Center.
The CEI is an independent Center that offers entrepreneurship and innovation-related programming for the Fulbright community (e.g., students, faculty and staff), and beyond (e.g., non-Fulbright students, corporations, professionals and members of the general public).
The CEI aims to contribute to Vietnam and the broader region’s flourishing, economic dynamism and long-term sustainability in two ways:
- First, bring together academia, industry, and international experts to tackle Vietnam and the region’s most pressing problems, i.e. “The Grand Challenges”, and;
- Second, cultivate the entrepreneurial mindset and potential in members of the Fulbright community and beyond.
From day one, Fulbright will support students to explore exciting career pathways and build the skills to excel in any professional setting.
Students will work with career development coaches to help understand opportunities and demands within areas of interest. Professional development workshops will build savvy students ready to network, interview and excel in the workplace.
Career panels, site visits and mentoring from local professionals will all expand students’ skills and future opportunities.
Study Abroad and Exchanges
While opportunities abound on-campus and in Ho Chi Minh City, Fulbright students will also benefit as members of a global campus. Students will gain from the insights of visiting scholars and speakers through formal coursework and informal engagements.
Similarly, Fulbright will begin offering study abroad opportunities in the next few years, as well as connect with other institutions for academic exchanges within Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam.
For instance, students might enjoy arts and music courses at a local conservatory or collaborate with peers at another university’s lab with a specific area of research.
Exploring the arts, sciences, or humanities from a different perspective and country will deeply influence our students’ abilities to think more broadly and creatively about solutions to Vietnam’s challenges.
Fulbright’s program is community oriented at its core and we want our students to connect with the city they live in, the places they call home and the people that need their support.
Through courses, student organizations and independent projects, students work with community organizations on service project throughout the academic year and summer.
For instance, our Bridge students supported projects with seven different partner organizations on issues ranging from youth empowerment to LGBTQ equality.
Through opportunities like these, Fulbright cultivates action-oriented and ethically minded graduates.
Conferences & Seminars
As a center for intellectual debate and discourse, Fulbright offers its students access to some of the globe’s leading minds across numerous fields.
Our academic team hosts lectures and discussions multiple times per month; recent speakers include renowned Harvard professor Dr. Michael Puett discussing Chinese ethics to Silicon Valley’s Christopher Nguyen discussing the moral questions within emerging technologies.
Fulbright students will also participate in academic and professional conferences. In April, Fulbright held its first academic conference focused on liberal arts education in Asia and a team of students worked with faculty to run the conference.
Teams of students also receive university support to participate in conferences, including a group who joined Professor Jill Sirikantraporn to present research at a psychology conference in Hanoi.