U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Meets FETP Faculty and Alumni

In his visit to Vietnam, on December 14, 2013 at the American Center in Ho Chi Minh City, U.S. Secretary of State met with Fulbright Economics Teaching Program's (FETP) participants, including FETP leadership, faculty and alumni, and the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City's President.  

Secretary Kerry meets FETP participants

Photo: U.S. Department of State

Below is an excerpt from Sec. Kerry's remarks to HCMC Business Community and Fulbright Economic Teaching Program Participants:

"...It is, frankly, why the vision of educators and education has been so important to this transformation. And I just want to take a moment to say that I can’t think of anyone who’s done more to help make that happen than the combined team of Tom Vallely and Ben Wilkinson, who are leading Harvard’s – Harvard University’s efforts here in Vietnam, and the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, a program I was proud to first support as a senator. And we put it in place and it was built into the largest Fulbright program in the world. Today, I think it’s the second-largest program in the world, and we’ve got to see if we can’t make it the largest again if we keep working at it. But I want to thank Tom and Ben for all that they do to contribute to this transformation...

"American institutions of higher learning in Vietnam already provide some of the highest-quality education in the world, and I have long supported this program, the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City, which has provided a huge number of Vietnamese officials in government now opportunities to study economic policy. And this exchange process is a wonderful way for people to see what the rest of the world is doing and bring back ideas to their own country, and not be afraid of change and of the possibilities of the future...

"...I’m very pleased that the leadership of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program is here today, and I look forward to working with the Vietnamese Government to establish a Fulbright University of Vietnam in the near future...


Source: U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City

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