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Loyola University Chicago Becomes First U.S. University to
Establish a Representative Office in Vietnam
Partnership Includes ESL and Leadership Programs; Study Abroad Opportunities
CHICAGO, March 11, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago has partnered with the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training to establish a University Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City. The partnership, which became official in February, makes Loyola the first University in the nation to have a site location in Vietnam.
Through the office, Loyola will work in three critical areas of need: English as a Second Language (ESL) education for health-care professionals, leadership programs for Vietnamese professionals and administrators, and study-abroad programs for U.S. students. Details and timing of the ESL and leadership programs are still being worked out. However, the study abroad program will commence this summer.
The partnership between Loyola and the ministry office began in the summer of 2007, when Loyola’s president, Michael J Garanzini, S.J., and representatives of the University were invited and welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam to meet with the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training to discuss Loyola bringing its expertise to Vietnam by sponsoring specific courses. As a result of that meeting, Loyola appointed a young Vietnamese graduate of Loyola, Joseph Dao, to represent the University in Vietnam. For the next couple of years, the University and Dao worked on a number of projects and discussed the parameters of the partnership with the Vietnam Ministry of Education until an agreement was reached.
The ESL program, coordinated by Shannon Olson, assistant director of international programs and ESL at Loyola, will provide high-quality English language training to medical students at Hanoi Medical University. The leadership program for administrators will include a series of workshops for Vietnamese school officials that will help them better contribute to the efficiency of their universities, work environment, and education.
The final project of this partnership is a four-week study-abroad program and service-learning experience for approximately 10 Loyola University Chicago students in early June 2009. The students will work in Vietnamese orphanages and schools during the summer, continue their university education, and learn more about Vietnamese culture. Patrick Boyle, associate provost for international initiatives, is looking forward to this mutually beneficial relationship between Loyola and the Vietnamese educational system.
“These Vietnamese projects offer a promising set of new opportunities for both Loyola and Vietnamese students,” says Boyle. “Our hope is that Loyola can provide leadership and academic programs that help the Vietnamese and their higher education sector better serve the needs of the country.”
Those involved in the Vietnam partnership include President Garanzini, Patrick Boyle, John Frendreis, professor of political science, Shannon Olson, assistant director of international programs, Ted Karamanski, professor of history, and Joseph Dao, who will be leading Loyola’s representative office in Vietnam.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S. News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.