Our Story

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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 the success of APU, a long process began with the goal of creating the first American-styled university in Vietnam.

The American University in Vietnam (AUV) received an investment license in 2009 and the groundbreaking ceremony for campus was in September 2010. AUV then partnered with the University of Missouri Kansas City, California State University, State University of New York, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Wentworth Institute of Technology, and other elite American colleges and universities to continue growing.

Along with an International Advisory Board of US educators, AUV established a focus in areas of art, science, and medicine.

With support from the leadership of MOET, DaNang city, and others, AUV received approval from the government in 2015 for courses and degrees to begin in fall of 2016. The American University in Vietnam now offers a variety of general education courses, with degrees in business, marketing, management, hospitality, communication and computer science. In the future, AUV plans to offer degrees in 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 and Values

The American University in Vietnam is committed to:

High quality, American-style higher education for our students
A foundation in Liberal Arts to prepare students for careers and further studies
Intimate classroom size, personalized instruction and excellence from our faculty
Becoming the center for US study abroad students in Vietnam
Shaping graduates for global citizenship by enabling them to communicate effectively in English and to think critically

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

DR. BINH TRAN

Chairperson

APU Educational Development Group

DR. ROY NIRSCHEL

President

The American University In Vietnam

Dr. KAREN HAYNES

President

President, California State University, San Marcos

Dr.CHRISTOPHER WOLF

CEO and Chief Investment

Officer of Preservation Trust Advisors

Dr. EMILY CUTRER

President

President, Texas A&M University - Texarkana

Dr. Zorica Pantic

President

Wentworth Institute Of Technology

DR. ALAN GOODMAN

President

Institute Of International Education

HON. AHMAD KAMAL

Senior Fellow

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

DR. HALA TAWEEL

President

President, University Of The Middle East Project

DR. CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS

Founder

Society For Philosophical Inquiry

GARY BEER

Former, President

Smithsonian Institution

DR. GAIL HACKETT

Provost And Vice President

Virginia Commonwealth University

RICHARD MACKENZIE, M.D.

Associate Professor

University Of Southern California School Of Medicine

VINCENT MORELLI, M.D.

Vanberbilt School Of Medicine

ROGER DAVIDSON

Founder

Society For Sacred Universal Music

DR. T. DWAYNE MCCAY

President And Chief Operating Officer

Florida Institute Of Technology

MEL TYLER

Vice Chancellor For Student Affairs And Enrollment Management

University Of Missouri - Kc

FACULTY

ROY J NIRSCHEL, Ph.D.

University Of Miami
President Of AUV

JOHN BEHZAD, Ph.D.

Indiana University

NEAL BERMAS, Ph.D.

Brandeis University

RYAN PRESTON, Ph.D.

Harvard

ALEX BLEECKER, M.S.

Bank Street School Of Education, New York

BRANDON FINK, M.S.

Western Oregon State University

STEPHEN DONALD HOWELL, M.A.

Campbell University

SHANNON AHRNDT, M.A.

University Of Wisconsin

RALPH MILSAP, M.A.

Northern Michigan University

FRANK VINH, M.S.

Uc – Long Beach

MATHEW KLEIN, M.S.

University Of Massachusetts – Boston

CAROL THOMPSON, Grand Diplome De Cuisine

Culinary Institute Of America

BRANDON MCLAUGHLIN, M.S.

University Of Maine

HOANG NGUYEN, Ph.D.

University Of Southern California

KEVIN TRUMAN, Ph.D.

University Of Missouri -rolla

QUYEN DI BUI, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

HUNG LE, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

RICHARD MACK, Ph.D.

Colorado State University

VINCENT J MORELLI, M.D.

Duke University

BRIAN ERSKINE, M.B.A.

Wharton – University Of Pennsylvania

HIEN LE, M.A.

Texas Christian Univesity (Tcu)

BEN THELWELL, M.S.

University Of Maine

CHRISTOPHER NIRSCHEL, Grand Diplome De Cuisine

French Culinary Institute

Ralph Longobardi, Ph.D.

University Of Colorado

Robert M. Mackay Ph.D.

Oregon Graduate Institute Of Science & Technology

Juergen Simon Ph.D.

Indiana University

Maynard F. Yutzy E.d.D.

University Of Oregon

Marty Feess Francis, Ph.D.

Northern Arizona Universiry

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