Loyola University Chicago

Office for International Programs

Vietnam Initiatives

In 2007, an administrative visit from Vietnam’s Ministry of Education & Training (MoET) to Chicago and then a Loyola visit to Vietnam started conversations leading to a number of initiatives designed to assist the development of higher education in Vietnam. In February of 2009, Loyola University Chicago, in partnership with Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training, became the first U.S. University to establish a representative office in Vietnam. Loyola's projects in Vietnam have included ESL for medical students; a management seminar for 10 Vietnamese university presidents; and a summer study abroad/service learning program. With two staff now working in Vietnam, current projects include the launch of a study abroad program in January 2011; executive education programs; and additional management seminars for university leaders.

For more information about Loyola's Vietnam Center, see Loyola University Chicago in Vietnam .

Questions regarding Loyola’s initiatives in Vietnam should be directed to Dr. Patrick Boyle, Vice Provost, Academic Centers and Global Initiatives.

Vietnam Center Address & Contact Information:

Ky Nguyen

Loyola University Chicago
Vietnam Center
SaigonLand Building, 4th Floor
7 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: (84.8) 3910.4154
Fax: (84.8) 3910.4215

Current Vietnam Center Initiatives


1. Undergraduate Semester Program in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City

Loyola has launched a semester study abroad program in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City with a small number of students. The University seeks to grow this program to 20 students per semester with a curriculum emphasizing language immersion, Vietnamese history and literature, ecology, business and social justice. A service component is a key aspect of the program.


2. Faculty & Staff Global Immersions in Vietnam 

Loyola’s Faculty and Staff Global Immersions began in January 2006. In 2007, we had the first faculty and staff immersion program in Vietnam. The program is continuing in summer 2011 with 12 Loyola faculty members visiting Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta Region. Each faculty member will explore their area on academic expertise within the context of contemporary Vietnam.



3. Nursing Faculty Education

Loyola’s School of Nursing has formulated an ambitious project for professionalizing nursing faculties in Vietnam. The program partners with local universities to raise their faculty educational levels from BSN to MSN through a hybrid on-line and on-location 3-year program. The School of Nursing’s program will maximize student time in Vietnam and seek to professionalize the field of nursing in Vietnam. This is a vitally important project for the development of human capital and capacity within the Vietnamese health care sector.


4. University Management Training Seminars

In October of 2009, Loyola hosted ten leaders of higher education in Vietnam including presidents of several Vietnamese universities. Loyola hosted a 10-day training seminar on strategic planning, higher education finance, quality assurance, international planning, and human resource management. This seminar was funded by Loyola and fits with the University’s institutional commitment to assist Vietnam in the challenges of professionalization of its large higher education sector. Loyola hopes to continue this program in some form in the future, possibly with an emphasis on health care management.


5. Business Education

In January 2011 Loyola conducted an “active listening session” with 25 business executives in Ho Chi Minh City. Of the major issues that surfaced, the most common were how to access the global market place and negotiating for successful supply-chain management.  The issues were addressed at a major public conference on March 5th with 60 participants.  A number of companies are now engaging Loyola Vietnam Center and the University’s Executive Education is designing executive style training to improve their human resources and identify new business opportunities.


6. English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

In summer 2010, six Vietnamese English language teachers attended Loyola’s custom-made six week summer program in Chicago for learning new, unique language teaching techniques. This program is supported by Loyola ESL program office and it will continue in summer 2011 with two separate sessions.


7. Stritch Medical School Rotation Program

Starting in April 2011, Loyola Vietnam Center, will inaugurate on an annual basis at least one medical rotations for fourth year students of Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine,  in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City. One team of three Fourth Year medical students will serve rotations in Tropical Disease & Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of Tropical Disease; and two students will serve rotations in Trauma Care at the Trauma and Orthopaedic Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. These rotations were organized in partnership with Pham Ngoc Thach (PNT) University of Medicine, Nursing and Mid-Wifery. Both groups of Loyola medical students will have a Vietnamese doctor as a mentor. Local medical students from PNT will provide translation as needed. The Loyola medical students will receive formal academic credit from PNT for these rotations. These rotations will be the final rotations the Loyola medical students will complete before receiving their MD degrees from Loyola in June.