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7th Annual VEF Fellows and Visiting Scholars Conference


From January 3 - 5, 2010 in Troy, New York, Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF), in cooperation with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), convened the 7th Annual Conference for 185 VEF Fellows, Visiting Scholars who are studying and doing academic training in the U.S. and 3 U.S. Faculty Scholars, who are teaching at Vietnamese universities either on site in Vietnam or via video conference. The main theme of this conference was "Leaders of the Future: Entrepreneurs", which was reflected through many meaningful activities, including motivational talks, networking, and "All the Ways Home" sessions. The Job Fair at the Annual Conference helped VEF Fellows and Scholars to establish important contacts with Vietnamese universities and research institutes as well as international companies involved in Vietnam that want to recruit talented and outstanding VEF Fellows into their workforce. In addition, academic and recreational activities were held to enhance the connection among participants.

During the conference, the following keynote speakers from Vietnam and the U.S. gave presentations sharing their valuable experiences about leadership, entrepreneurship, career development, and working opportunities in Vietnam:

Furthermore, seven parallel scientific sections with multiple presentations were presented by the VEF Fellows and Visiting Scholars introducing their research activities.

This year’s Annual Conference was a valuable opportunity for professional career development, networking, and scientific discussions.


PROCEEDINGS

IMMIGRATION MATTERS + Q&A

    Immigration Matters by Ms. Sandarshi Gunawardena, Program Officer, VEF

U.S. FACULTY SCHOLAR PRESENTATIONS

    GRANT #1 - Team Teaching - Spring 2010 - Videoconferencing by
    Dr. Quyen D. Chu, M.D., Fellow of the America College of Surgeon (F.A.C.S.), Associate Professor, Louisiana State University
    Dr. Hung S. Ho, M.D., Fellow of the America College of Surgeon (F.A.C.S.), Professor, Surgery Clinic at University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
    GRANT #2 - Academic Year 2009-2010 - On-site in Vietnam by
    Dr. Findlay Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Arkansas Field: Environmental Engineering

THE OPENCOURSEWARE CONSORTIUM (OCWC)

    The OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) by Mary Lou Forward, Executive Director, OpenCourseWare Consortium

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Leaders of the Future: Entrepreneurs by Dr. Robert Chernow, Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, RPI

LEADERSHIP

    Elevator Pitches and Public Speaking byTracy Schierenbeck
    Team Development by Annie Virkus

ON-CAMPUS TOUR

    Rensselaer Incubator Center
    The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies

ALL THE WAYS HOME

    Entrepreneurship by Mr. Khai Quang Vuong, Vice President of Web Business, VinaGame
    Academic Careers by Mr. Hung Quang Ngo, Professor, Computer Science Department, State University of New York at Buffalo


PHOTOS TAKEN DURING THE 7TH VEF ANNUAL FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS CONFERENCE

    Taken by Photographer:
    VEF 7th Annual Conference

    Provided to VEF by Fellows:
    7th VEF Annual Conference by TRAN Viet Hung (Fellow 2007)
    Gala Dinner by LE Ro To (Fellow 2007)
    BookDrive by LE Ro To (Fellow 2007)
    Recreational Activities by LE Ro To (Fellow 2007)
    Others by LE Ro To (Fellow 2007)



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