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6th Annual VEF Fellows and Visiting Scholars Conference


From January 3 - 5, 2009 in Washington D.C, Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF), in cooperation with the National Academies, convened the 6th annual conference for more than 200 VEF fellows, visiting scholars, and alumni who are studying and doing academic training in the U.S. The main theme of this conference was "All the Ways Home" (Đường về Tổ quốc), which was reflected through many meaningful activities, including motivational talks, networking and "All the Ways Home" discussion. In addition, academic and recreational activities were held to enhance the connection among participants.

During the conference, four keynote speakers from Vietnam and the U.S, Dr. Nicholas Vonortas (Director, Center for International Science and Technology Policy, Department of Economics, George Washington University), Dr. Nam T. Tran (Vice General Director, Mobivi, Vietnam), Dr. Charles M. Vest (President, National Academy of Engineering) and Mr. Keith Luse (Senior Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee), were invited to give talks, sharing their valuable experiences about leadership, entrepreneurship, career development and working opportunities in Vietnam. Furthermore, four proposals focusing on science and technology development as well as career growth in Vietnam were proposed and represented by the VEF fellows and visiting scholars. These activities provided the fellows and visiting scholars with a better preparation for their return to Vietnam upon their graduation in the U.S.

Agenda

Opening and Closing Remarks
     Opening Speech by Dr. Vo Van Toi, Executive Director, VEF
     Closing Remark by Dr. Vo Van Toi, Executive Director, VEF

Presentations
     Presentation by Dr. Alain Montegut, VEF Faculty Scholar
     Presentation by Dr. Benjamin Kelley, VEF Faculty Scholar
     Presentation by Professor Nicholas Vonortas, Keynote Speaker

Photos
     A Group Photo at the Conference
     Photos by Linh Ha, VEF Fellow 2005
     Photos by Thi Dang, VEF Fellow 2003



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