Fulbright is committed to preparing graduates with the ability to apply knowledge, skills and mindsets essential for success in new and complex real-world settings.
Specifically, Fulbright utilizes a whole-person education framework that grounds teaching and learning in academic rigor, skill development, and personal and social awareness.
Within this framework, Fulbright develops graduates who are prepared for twenty-first century challenges, who are lifelong learners, and who aspire to make positive impacts on their communities.
Developmental Area “KNOWLEDGE”
Students will acquire the knowledge of human perspectives and the natural world through:
- Foundational education in the liberal arts that leads to specialized studies in different majors, including arts, sciences, and engineering.
- Focused studies on important questions, using well-honed methods of thinking across disciplines to address complex twenty-first century challenges.
- An emphasis on the local challenges and opportunities for the development of Vietnam in a global context.
Developmental Area “SKILLS”
Students will develop the following four intellectual and practical competencies for future success:
- Innovative and Creative Thinking — The capacity to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
- Reasoning — A systematic process of exploring issues, questions, or objects through careful analysis of evidence resulting in informed conclusions or judgments.
- Critical Thinking — A habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, opinions, ideas, and events as a mechanism for formulating a conclusion.
- Effective Communication — A purposeful presentation to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
Developmental Area “MINDSETS”
Students will form positive attitudes that foster lifelong learning and commitment to society as good citizens through the following associated competencies:
- Civic Engagement — To make a difference in the civic life of our communities through activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial.
- Lifelong Learning — Skills for purposeful learning, undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of enhancing knowledge.
- Ethical Reasoning — Inquiring about human conduct through assessment of personal values and the social context of problems. Students will also recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, dilemmas, and ramifications of one’s actions.
- Collaboration — Behaviors to successfully function as part of a team including interaction, effort, and quality of input.
These competencies reflect what the students will be able to do at the end of their degree.
They represent employer needs in various industries, provide the requisite skills for graduate and professional schools, and are aligned with the common learning outcomes of a liberal education.
Moreover, the competencies are transferable across educational backgrounds and occupations and are focused on holistically developing students and enabling them to thrive in a wide range of roles and positions in society, from their very first jobs to their future advanced careers.