History

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Over two decades ago, Dr. Binh Tran returned to her home country to help provide educational opportunities to young people. Out of that desire came the APU International School - a leading K-12 institution with campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.​

Building on that success, a long process began with the ultimate goal of creating the first American-styled university in Vietnam. ​

An investment license was received in 2009 and a ground breaking for the campus conducted in September 2010. US university relationships were created with the University of Missouri, Kansas City, campuses of the California State University, State University of New York and other high quality colleges and universities. ​

Dr. Roy J Nirschel was appointed as the Founding President of the project and an International Advisory Board of leading US educators and leaders in art, science and medicine was established. ​

With support from the leadership of DaNang and others, approvals were received from the government of Vietnam in 2015 with courses and degrees anticipated for fall 2016. AUV the American University in Vietnam - will offer strong general education foundation courses, initial degrees in business, marketing, management, hospitality, communication and computer science. Future degree plans include pre-medicine, health sciences, engineering and other disciplines.

President's Message

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elcome to the American University in Vietnam.

As an educator with over thirty years experience, including service as a university president and vice president at prestigious research universities, I know the importance students and families place on higher education.

AUV is special. Students will enjoy small classes and personalized instruction from faculty with the highest credentials from some of the best universities in the United States.

The curriculum is designed to help you on your career path – whether in business, hospitality, science, technology or communication. We also want each student to be able to communicate effectively, think critically and be a globally connected citizen.

Students will leave AUV with a strong foundation for future study or career, whether they complete their bachelor degree here in Vietnam or at one of many outstanding university partners in the US. These partners include campuses of California State University, State University of New York, Florida Institute of Technology, University of Missouri Kansas City and countless others.

We encourage you to look further into our website and learn more about our student-centered, American quality education close to home.

Sincerely,


Roy J Nirschel, PhD
President

Mission & Value

The American University in Vietnam is committed to

High quality, American style higher education for our students
A foundation in the liberal arts while preparing students for careers and further study
Small classes, personalized instruction and excellence in its teaching faculty
Becoming the center for US study abroad in Vietnam
Graduate students with an ability to communicate effectively in English, critical thinking skills and global perspectives

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Zorica Pantic

President

Wentworth Institute of Technology

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DR. BINH TRAN

Chairperson

APU Educational Development Group

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DR. ROY NIRSCHEL

President

The American University in Vietnam

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DR. ALAN GOODMAN

President

Institute of International Education

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HON. AHMAD KAMAL

Senior Fellow

UN Institute for Training & Research

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DR. HALA TAWEEL

President

President, University of the Middle East Project

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DR. CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS

Founder

Society for Philosophical Inquiry

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GARY BEER

Former, President

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

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DR. GAIL HACKETT

Provost and Vice President

Virginia Commonwealth University

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RICHARD MACKENZIE, MD

Associate Professor

University of Southern California School of Medicine

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VINCENT MORELLI, MD

Vanberbilt School of Medicine

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ROGER DAVIDSON

Founder

Society for Sacred Universal Music

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DR. T. DWAYNE MCCAY

President and Chief Operating Officer

Florida Institute of Technology

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MEL TYLER

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

University of Missouri - KC

FACULTY

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ROY J NIRSCHEL, PhD

University of Miami
President of AUV

JOHN BEHZAD, PhD

Indiana University

NEAL BERMAS, PhD

Brandeis University

RYAN PRESTON, PhD

Harvard

ALEX BLEECKER, MS

Bank Street School of Education, New York

BRANDON FINK, MS

Western Oregon State University

STEPHEN DONALD HOWELL, MA

Campbell University

SHANNON AHRNDT, MA

University of Wisconsin

RALPH MILSAP, MA

Northern Michigan University

FRANK VINH, MS

UC – Long Beach

MATHEW KLEIN, MS

University of Massachusetts – Boston

CAROL THOMPSON, Grand Diplome de Cuisine

Culinary Institute of America

BRANDON MCLAUGHLIN, MS

University of Maine

HOANG NGUYEN, PhD

University of Southern California - USC

KEVIN TRUMAN, PhD

University of Missouri -Rolla

QUYEN DI BUI, PhD

UCLA

HUNG LE, PhD

UCLA

RICHARD MACK, PhD

Colorado State University
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VINCENT J MORELLI, MD

Duke University

BRIAN ERSKINE, MBA

Wharton – University of Pennsylvania

KENNY WONG, MFA

New York Film Academy

GEORGE YAP, MBA

Curtin University Of Technology

HIEN LE, MA

Texas Christian Univesity (TCU)

BEN THELWELL, MS

University Of Maine

CHRISTOPHER NIRSCHEL, Grand Diplome de Cuisine

French Culinary Institute

Ralph Longobardi, PhD

University of Colorado

Robert M. Mackay PhD

Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology

Juergen Simon PhD

Indiana University

Maynard F. Yutzy EdD

University of Oregon