Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (Fulbright University Vietnam) has opened the applications for Master of Public Policy Class of 2024 (MPP2024).

(Read the full announcement HERE)

The MPP2024 program will provide scholarship packages for various groups of applicants granted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State.

For Policy Analysis concentration:

Full scholarship (equivalent to about VND 526 million/student) granted to:

  • Policy consultants and policymakers from public areas; lecturers and research fellows from public universities and organizations; or distinction graduates from universities inside and outside Vietnam.
  • Policy consultants and policymakers from public areas of Laos (applicants of Mekong-US Partnership – Master in Public Policy (MUSP-MPP) program).

Partial 50% scholarship (equivalent to about VND 263 million) granted to: Managers and executives from non-profit organizations, social organizations, and enterprises; lecturers and research fellows from private or international universities and organizations.

For Leadership & Management concentration:

Partial scholarships (40% tuition fees) are granted to admitted students to complete required credits. The remaining payable amount (equivalent to VND 252 million) accounts for 60% tuition fees.

Prospective students are middle and senior managers, managers in government agencies, enterprises, non-profit organizations and NGOs.

Scholarship for both concentrations is inclusive of tuition fee and fees for field trip (if any) and exclusive of lodging, course materials, extracurricular activities, Harvard course, and personal expenses.

Excellent candidates with financial constraints, from public sector or remote areas, or female candidates will be considered for financial aid.

This year, the Fulbright school will resume organizing the entrance examination for student selection with Quantitative skill and English tests for applicants of the Policy Analysis concentration after one-year hiatus caused by Covid-19. Applicants of the Leadership & Management concentration will be exempted from the tests.

For online application, please click HERE.

For details about MPP2024 admissions, please click HERE.

Application deadline:

  • July 24, 2022 for applicants from Laos under MUSP-MPP program.
  • August 4, 2022 for other applicants.

Built upon the heritage of Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, an initiative by Vietnam Program, Harvard University, Master in Public Policy (MPP) by FUV is designed to provide high-quality manpower for policy-making institutions and governmental bodies, NGOs, NPOs, private enterprises, research universities and institutions.

MPP program is directly offered and administered by Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM), the first academic unit under Fulbright University Vietnam. FSPPM pioneers in developing and educating public policy programs with a view to advocating for a transformative public policy and management in Vietnam and the region – through its commitment toward excellence in teaching, research and civic engagement.

In July 2019, FSPPM is the first public policy school in Southeast Asia to be accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA, U.S.). Accreditation from the internationally prestigious network in public policy programs is a significant milestone projecting the school towards regional and international standards. Achieving the accreditation is a testament to the quality of education offered at FSPPM in par with other international programs.

FOR ADMISSION INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

The Admissions Office

Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management – Fulbright University Vietnam

105 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City

Email: admissions.fsppm@fulbright.edu.vn

Hotline: 091-102-5103

Fulbright University Vietnam is honored to announce Vietcombank – Fulbright Scholarship for incoming students of the undergraduate Class of 2026. Established though the generosity and commitment of the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam – Thu Thiem Branch (Vietcombank Thu Thiem), the scholarship is created specifically for students who have excellent academic achievements and financial difficulties in order to recognize their efforts, encourage community involvements and provide financial assistance to support them in two years.

The scholarship awards 60,000,000 VND (Sixty million Vietnam dong) to three (03) Class of 2026 students. Every scholarship awardee will receive 30,000,000 VND each academic year in the first two year at Fulbright to cover the stipend.

As one criterion of Vietcombank – Fulbright scholarship is for students with financial difficulties, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will evaluate applicants’ financial circumstances and send the link to apply the scholarship to eligible students via email.

Final decision will be based on the evaluation of admissions & financial aid application and the supplemental essay. The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid will announce the scholarship result on the same day as the recruitment result of the Spring Cycle.

Throughout the past years, the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) has been a generous donor and supported Fulbright students through many scholarship opportunities.

🔎 Applicants in the Spring Cycle can read more about Vietcombank – Fulbright Scholarship and other scholarships at: https://admissions.fulbright.edu.vn/vn/hoc-bong-va-ho-tro-tai-chinh/hoc-bong/
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✔️ The admissions application for the Spring Cycle of Class of 2026 can be created at: https://apply.fulbright.edu.vn.

✔️ The deadline of Spring Cycle application is 14:00 on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Due to the complex situations of COVID-19 in different provinces, many students have been and still are affected tremendously in terms of physical health, mental health, and of course their studying. Fulbright University Vietnam has received many inquiries on whether the school can extend the application period for Class of 2026 Spring Cycle. Understanding that the circumstance is beyond the students’ control, the Admissions and Financial Aid office has decided to extend the application deadline until 14:00 on April 25, 2022.

We sincerely advise you to spend this time learning more about Fulbright through the below channels:

☀️ If you’re currently residing in or near Ho Chi Minh city, you can register for our Campus Tour: Sunset by the Lake – a program where you can come for a leisure walk around our campus and the Crescent Lake, enjoying boba milk tea with our Fulbrighters. Due to limited capacity, please register asap: https://bit.ly/campustour22.

☀️ If you’re currently residing in other provinces, you can follow the Facebook page of the Admissions team (Road to Fulbright University Vietnam) to know where our Admissions Officers and Fulbright Buddies will host our coffee chats. The first series of coffee chats in the Central region has been kick-started: https://bit.ly/SpringCentralCoffeeChat.

☀️ If you’ve just opened an application and need some advice, stay tuned for our webinars, organized by the Admissions Office, our Tamarind Team, or Fulbright Buddies. Finally, don’t forget our FACT program (Fulbright Admissions Companion Team), where we pair an applicant with a Fulbright student for 1-on-1 consultation. Register by March 20: https://bit.ly/FACT-registration.

For the convenience of prospect parents and students who are interested in learning more about applying to the Undergraduate program at Fulbright University Vietnam, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is pleased to announce the launching of our new landing page at https://admissions.fulbright.edu.vn.

Those who are interested in general information or other programs at Fulbright University Vietnam (the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, the YSEALI program, etc.) can find what you are looking for on the university’s website. But those who want to be updated on the most recent activities and events for undergraduate admissions (the Road to Fulbright Language Club, the Road to Fulbright Podcast, contests for high school students, detailed Q&A about different scholarships, etc.) may also check out our new landing page.

The Admissions and Financial Aid Office is looking forward to seeing you at our new bulletin board!

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Fulbright University Vietnam has officially launched our application portal for the Spring Cycle of the Undergraduate Class of 2026 at https://apply.fulbright.edu.vn. Following the Priority Cycle, Fulbright University Vietnam started receiving applications for the second admissions cycle this year – the Spring Cycle. This cycle started at 12:00 on November 30, 2021 and will close at 14:00 on April 8, 2022.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Admissions office via our office number (+84) 28 7303 7788 or our office email at apply@fulbright.edu.vn.

Fulbright University Vietnam has officially launched our application portal for the Spring Cycle of the Undergraduate Class of 2026 at https://apply.fulbright.edu.vn. Following the Priority Cycle, Fulbright University Vietnam starts receiving applications for the second admissions cycle this year – the Spring Cycle. This cycle starts at 12:00 on November 30, 2021 and will close at 14:00 on April 8, 2022.

Unlike previous years, prospective applicants have more than four months to prepare their applications for the Spring Cycle this year. The Spring Cycle is your second chance to apply to become a Class of 2026 student, so do not miss this opportunity! Those who did not apply in the Priority Cycle or are not lucky enough to be selected in the first round should try again in the Spring Cycle (after the results of the Priority Cycle are announced next January).

Applications for Financial Aid will be assessed simultaneously. Instead of merit-based scholarships, Fulbright offers need-based financial aid, for which the students’ financial capability is the sole determinant in offering aid to cover up to 100 percent of the tuition as well as room and board fees.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Admissions office via our office number (+84) 28 7303 7788 or our office email at apply@fulbright.edu.vn.

The wait is finally over! Fulbright University Vietnam has launched our admissions application portal for the Priority Cycle of the Undergraduate Class of 2026 at www.apply.fulbright.edu.vn. The portal will close at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021; unlike previous years, our portal will NOT close at Sunday midnight anymore.

Another difference is that this year application requires applicants to submit an English certificate (if you’re not ready by the time the application closes, you can submit it by the individual interview round). To read more information on which certificates are accepted and which scenarios can be considered an exception to this rule, please refer to the above application portal or our official Admissions’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RoadtoFUV.

Besides, our Facebook page also provides helpful programs to supports students who are not confident with their English yet (like the writing contest we’re organizing with Dickinson College, or the R2F Language Club’s bi-weekly mini-challenges.) Don’t forget to participate if you haven’t.

Compared to the Spring cycle, the Priority cycle will offer the many benefits:
+ You have twice the chance of getting admitted (if you’re not lucky in the Priority round yet, you can re-apply in the Spring and your application has already been saved on the portal)
+ You will have more time to learn about Fulbright as well as knowing your college destination before graduating from high school (Priority Cycle’s result will be announced tentatively by the end of March 2022; Spring Cycle’s result will be announced tentatively around early July 2022)
+ You will have more financial aid and scholarship opportunities (Nguyen Phuong Family Scholarship is reserved only for students who applied in the Priority cycle this year; Fulbright University Vietnam scholarship will be available for both)

We are looking forward to reading the stories, the personal essays, the original pieces of work from prospective applicants this year. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions office via our office number 028 7303 7788 or our office email apply@fulbright.edu.vn.

The Offices of Admissions at Fulbright University Vietnam and Dickinson College (Pennsylvania, USA) proudly co-host an essay writing competition entitled “Building A Brighter Future” with attractive prizes, along with certificates co-issued by both universities.

Those eligible for the competition are Vietnamese highschool seniors (12th graders) or students who have graduated from high schools and are looking for college options. The competition is a creative space for students to tell their personal stories and convey their visions for a brighter future through writing.

📍 Students can pre-register to receive information for the competition at bit.ly/FulbrightDickinson1 by September 24 the latest to have the opportunities of:

  • Knowing the prompt of the competition and the entry form as soon as they are released
  • Receiving a Personal Essay Tips and Tricks document
  • Getting invited to join an exclusive workshop on College Essay Writing

⏰ Important Timeline:

  • 14/09 – 24/09: Competition Pre-registration
  • 26/09 – 17/10: Competition Entry
  • 01/11: Winners Announcement

👉 For questions or inquiries, please contact us via apply@fulbright.edu.vn or (028)-7303-7788.

🔥 The prizes include gifts and vouchers with total value up to:

  • First prize (1 winner): valued up to 9,000,000VNĐ*
  • Second prize (2 winners): valued up to 7,500,000VNĐ each*
  • Third prize (3 winners): valued up to 6,000,000VNĐ each*

*Prizes will be awarded in the form of vouchers and merchandise (swag items from both universities).

On Equality of Educational Opportunity

In many developing countries around the world, school fees and related education costs pose a significant barrier to children’s education, and are often linked to non-attendance, dropout, and the entry of children into child labor. In Vietnam, the situation is not that much of a difference.

According to Circular number 86/2015/ND-CP issued by the government, the school fees for a child to go from pre-school to university in the public-school system is, on average, VND112,550,000 (USD4,826.33). This means that, for one child, an average Vietnamese family needs to pay roughly VND75,000 ~ VND155,000 (USD3.22 ~ USD6.65) per month for K-12 education and VND2,200,000 (USD94.34) per month if their child makes it to university.

It may not look a lot but for such a developing country as Vietnam, that number can be a fortune for many families. On average, the Vietnam GDP per capita is USD2,566. In other words, for a nuclear family with two children, the school fees alone can cost up to 25-45 percent of the total household income. In addition to school fees, costs associated with uniforms, shoes, books, transportation fees and extra classes are obstacles to education for children.

To exacerbate the problem, according to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, economic inequality is worsening in Vietnam. In 2014, the top 20% make 9.7 times more than the bottom 20%. This increased to 10 times in 2018, said Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue. The growing economic inequality means that the educational achievement gap between the children of the wealthiest and the children of everyone else is widened even further.

Many poor families pull their children out of primary school because they cannot afford the cost of the school fees and education materials, or because they need the child to work in the fields or to earn money. Those who are lucky enough to stay in school may find it hard to catch up with their classmates from wealthy families because they cannot afford to go to extra classes or language classes. Those who complete high school are less likely to attend college than students from higher-income families. For some children, the effects of poverty on education present unique challenges in breaking the cycle of generational poverty and reduce their chances of leading rewarding, productive lives.

This widening educational achievement gap may threaten Vietnam’s economic growth. With only a select few individuals receiving the best education and enrichment, Vietnam cannot effectively develop the economic potential of its future workforce. To grow the economy, there exists a need to provide educational and enrichment opportunities for children across the income spectrum, rather than only a select few at the top. The important question is how.

Scholarships

There are ample proposals and rich debate on how to combat educational achievement gap and ensure more low-income students can get access to proper education. One of those proposals is scholarships, especially scholarships for higher education. Scholarship supporters argue that by offering scholarships to low-income students, schools and universities can target specific audience, widen opportunities and improve outcomes. However, most scholarships in Vietnam are merit-based, meaning students with high academic achievements have higher chance of getting a scholarship.

This brings us back to the discussion on academic opportunities. Wealthy families can more likely afford a variety of positive adolescent activities, such as prep-school, language classes, sports participation, school leadership, extracurricular activities and volunteer work, for their children. These activities broaden their experience and academic achievements, make them more well-rounded and place them at the top of the merit-based scholarship recipient list.

Moreover, low-income students, especially those from the provinces, do not have much access to the scholarships available to them. Due to this information gap, high-achieving low-income students do not even apply to the scholarships for which they are qualified. Thus, some may argue that scholarships, instead of solving the problem of inequality, only worsen it if they are not properly designed and implemented.

Affirmative action

In Vietnam, to ensure specific aims of equity of and access to tertiary education can be met, some key policies have been created and implemented. For example, students from special groups will enjoy extra points for their National High School Exam. These groups include: students from remote and mountainous areas (namely Region 1), from rural area (namely Region 2-NT), and students whose parents are ethnic minorities or veterans with disabilities.

Another example is the University Entrance Nomination policy, in which every year a number of students from disadvantaged provinces may be nominated to enter the assigned public universities without participating in any university entrance exams. The number of students is proposed by the provincial governments based on their socio-economic development level. These students, however, are still required to pass the national upper secondary exams as well as pursue an intensive one-year education before entering normal university courses. Ethnic minority students are given preference when the provincial governments make their selections.

While affirmative action such as these policies may improve diversity in the university, Professor Michael Sandel, the author of the famous book Justice, argues that it brings two problems – one practical, the other principled. The principled objection reasons that affirmative action causes unfair in admissions and violates the rights of applicants who are qualified but belonged to the majority group. These students may have higher academic achievements than the affirmative-action students but are put at a competitive disadvantage through no fault of their own.

The practical objection claims that affirmative action may “damage the self-esteem of minority students, increase racial consciousness on all sides, heighten racial tensions, and provoke resentment” among the majority group. This view is also shared by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of David and Goliath. According to Gladwell, students benefited from affirmative action may not really benefit from it. Being among peers who are more academically equipped, these students may feel insecure, left-out, and unsuccessful. It may even result in drop-out for some.

Free education

In Justice, Professor Sandel mentions that to bridge the inequality gap, “a politics of the common good would take as one of its primary goals the reconstruction of the infrastructure of civic life.” This includes investing in top-quality, free public schools to which rich and poor alike would want to send their children.

In a perfect world, free education can help to reduce the financial burden from the students and encouraging them to get enrolled into higher education more actively. However, the world is not perfect and there are limitations to this solution.

It is undeniable that, managing higher education without taking any tuition fees is difficult for the schools. These schools have to get support from the government to maintain their academic and infrastructural costs. Such substantial public financing results in higher tax and cannot be easy to come by in the near future.

Thomas Piketty in his book Capital in the 21stCentury argues that free education leads to “spending more public money on students from more advantaged social backgrounds, while less money is spent on university students who come from the modest background.” One of the reasons for this outcome is that free education does not include free cost of living. Most universities are located in big, urban cities where the cost of living can pose as a barrier for low-income students. Since tuition isn’t the only driver of college affordability, simply eliminating tuition expenses would still leave low-income students with unmet need for living expenses—the real cost of higher education for the majority of students.

So what can be done to reduce educational inequality and promote access to higher education for poorer households? While free education can be a great policy, it takes time to be implemented, tested and perfected. Educational disadvantage has built up over decades and it will take decades to fix it.

In the meantime, it requires a combination of effort, financing and skills to address the short-term solution: Aid.

Aid

In order to improve diversity and offer more opportunities for low-income students to access to education, schools and universities should consider providing the appropriate form of aid prior to, during, and after admissions. This is also the practice that Fulbright University Vietnam (Fulbright) follows in the hope to fulfill its mission to the Vietnamese society.

To bridge the information gap, Fulbright conducts outreach activities to high schools across the country. The objective of this program is to put Fulbright within the reach of any student no matter how financially unattainable a goal it may seem, by giving them the right information and guidance needed to understand the opportunity and the application process.

Fulbright also provides buses for schools in the provinces to come to its admissions events, which are organized in key cities of Vietnam, and at Fulbright campus. These activities give the students a taste of the life at Fulbright, extra-curricular activities, and demo classes instructed by the University’s undergraduate and graduate faculty.

The Fulbright Admissions team also provide help to interested students who indicated an existing interest in studying at Fulbright but were not sure about acting on that interest due to lack of knowledge or financial resources to attend university and/or not being familiar with the steps involved in applying to Fulbright and for financial aid.

Fulbright’s admission process is inspired by prominent American institutions, but mindful of the Vietnamese cultural, social and educational background. Taking into account the imminent educational achievement gap, Fulbright University has designed an application package that is unique and exciting. It allows every student to demonstrate who they really are. Fulbright’s evaluation process is also designed in a way that every student is considered fairly, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Fulbright is also the first university in Vietnam to offer a need-based financial aid, which is solely awarded based on a family’s financial circumstances and does not take into account a student’s academic merit. This need-based financial aid package covers not only the tuition fees, but also the living expenses to mitigate the barriers for low-income students to attend Fulbright.

Once admitted, Fulbright students also receive many other forms of aid to help them complete their four-year journey at Fulbright without feeling insecure about their capabilities. For those seeking added language support prior to starting the undergraduate program, Fulbright has a seven-week Bridge Program that runs the summer prior to the start of classes. Throughout the four-year, should a student feel struggle with his or her academic work or personal issues, the Learning Support team and the Wellness Center will provide them with appropriate aid, either in the form of private counseling sessions or mentorship.

At Fulbright, we believe knowledge is for everyone, and education must be accessible for the students from every status. Every person has the right to acquire knowledge as much as he or she wants. The journey to ensure equality in education is a long one, but it should not deter us to initiate the first step.

Thach Thao

Fulbright University Vietnam is opening the second admissions cycle for its Class of 2024. This Spring cycle starts on January 15 and closes on April 1, 2020, and the results will be announced in late May.

Applications for Financial Aid will be assessed simultaneously. Instead of merit-based scholarships, Fulbright offers need-based financial aid, for which the students’ financial capability is the sole determinant in offering aid to cover up to 100 per cent of the tuition as well as room and board fees. All applicants must fill out the information required in the financial aid application form.

The admissions portal for Fulbright’s Undergraduate Class of 2024 is open at: https://apply.fulbright.edu.vn, no application fee required.

Those who can apply during this Spring Cycle include twelve-graders attending high schools in the country; high school graduates who have not yet obtained a bachelor’s degree; and students who applied in the previous Priority Cycle but have not finished their admission and/or financial aid application or were not selected for the interview rounds.

This is the first year Fulbright organizes two admissions cycles: the Priority Cycle, and the Spring Cycle. The Spring Cycle is an opportunity for the students who missed the first cycle, or who did not pass the first round of application assessment. They can now revise, adjust, or add supporting details, and thus bolster their application to make it more convincing to Fulbright’s Admissions and Financial Aid officers.

Ms. Le Thi Quynh Tram emphasizes the comprehensiveness, fairness and transparency of the evaluation of each and every application. Having designed the application process, Ms. Tram asserts it is unique and might be unfamiliar to some, but it is not difficult. Rather than implementing a rigid formula, officers make decisions very carefully on a case-by-case basis, which means students will not be selected or denied based solely on scores on their transcripts.

Video tutorial on how to complete Fulbright’s Undergraduate online admissions application.

Read more about Fulbright’s Priority Cycle here.

Read more about Fulbright’s Undergraduate curriculum.

About Fulbright’s application process.