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About AUV

The American University in Vietnam (AUV) is a four-year degree granting university providing liberal arts education and majors to quality-conscious students. AUV is ideal for those who demand top-notch instruction, a solid foundation for advanced career skills, a supportive learning environment, and the opportunity for direct placement in graduate programs (MA, MS, MBA, PhD) in American universities.

AUV’s curriculum is entirely based on the American model of higher education. Before choosing to major in a specialized area of interest, students must complete a rigorous general studies program. They must demonstrate proficiency in communication and basic academic skills before strengthening their critical thinking and analytical abilities through a comprehensive study of social sciences, arts and humanities, math and natural sciences, technology and global communication.

AUV is home to a vibrant student community that nurtures interaction and involvement. Our students have unique opportunities to experience transnational university life in Vietnam and in the U.S. Students can complete their studies in their preferred field of specialty through 2+2 programs for undergraduate degrees and 2+3, 2+4, 4+1 or 4+2 for master’s degrees at select partner universities in the U.S. Course credits are generally transferable to universities in the U.S. through our U.S. partner institutions or through individual submission to admission offices at other U.S. universities.

AUV is accountable to the universities in the U.S. with whom we partner, an International Advisory Board, governing national laws and regulations, and to our world-class faculty and administrative staff.

AUV is distinctive in many ways. These are reflected in our mission, our values, an academic philosophy based on a liberal arts education, and the curricula of our introductory courses and majors. Through this uniquely American process we educate individual students to become the professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, executives, and leaders of tomorrow.

Mission

We envision a global community in which individuals are inspired to create and sustain highly productive, fulfilling, and meaningful lives and to elevate the economic, social, and living conditions of their families and others.

Our mission is to provide a stimulating intellectual community that prepares graduates for the challenges of life, work and leadership in a diverse and rapidly changing world. Such preparation invariably involves equipping future professionals and leaders with cutting-edge knowledge, lifelong skills and higher personal values to function as local actors and global citizens.

We achieve this mission through the delivery of empowering curricula, programs, scholarship, and face-to-face instruction in ways that develop students’ intellectual capacity, social and global perspectives, and foundations for career success.

Values

Learning and Discovery

Advanced curricula backed by outstanding teaching that reinforces intellectual inquiry and exploration, critical thinking and skills, and a deep understanding of self, nature, society, and human relations.

As a community of educators, we are committed to:

  • Learning and Discovery

  • Individual Opportunity and Leadership

  • Personal Growth and Responsibility

  • Engagement and Motivation

  • Community Development

  • Empathy

  • Global Mindedness

  • Openness

Story

Over two decades ago

Over two decades ago, Dr. Binh Tran followed her passion to embark on a lifelong project, providing educational opportunities to young people in Vietnam. Out of that passion came the APU International School – a leading K-12 institution with campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. Building on the success of APU, a long process lead to the creation of the first American-style university in Vietnam.

Over two decades ago

2009

The American University in Vietnam (AUV) received an investment license in 2009 and broke ground for the construction of a large scale campus in Danang City in September 2010. Soon after, AUV entered into relationships with a number of universities in the U.S. with whom we have formed academic relationships.

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Along with an International Advisory Board of US educators, AUV established a curricular focus in liberal arts, business administration, management, and communication studies.

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2015

With support from the provincial leaders, the Government of Vietnam, and the community, AUV received approval from the government in 2015 for courses and degrees to begin in fall of 2016.

2015

Currently

AUV is expanding its reach and programs to include business administration, communication studies, broadcast journalism, health sciences, media communications, PR, software engineering, computer science, sustainable tourism, and select other disciplines.

Academic Focus

Our strategy for achieving our mission is to provide an American style education that offers compelling academic programs with the following characteristics.

Our General Studies  program focus

Our General Studies program focus

Our Major programs focus

Our Major programs focus

Our courses focus

Our courses focus

Our classroom instructions focus

Our classroom instructions focus

Our capstone requirements focus

Our capstone requirements focus

Our General Studies  program focus

Our General Studies program focus on developing students’ intellectual abilities, personal values, and lifelong skills including oral and written fluency in English and a rich understanding of natural sciences, humanities, technology, social institutions, and world cultures. Our General Studies are compatible with the programs of reputable institutions of higher education in the U.S.

Advisory Board

Hon. Ahmad Kamal
Hon. Ahmad Kamal

Senior Fellow

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Dr. Alan Goodman
Dr. Alan Goodman

President

Institute of International Education

Dr. Gail Hackett
Dr. Gail Hackett

Provost And Vice President

Virginia Commonwealth University

Roger Davidson
Roger Davidson

Founder

Society for Sacred Universal Music

Dr. Binh Tran
Dr. Binh Tran

Chair of AUV Board of Trustees

APU Educational Development Group

Nhan Tran, M.D.
Nhan Tran, M.D.

Neurologist, General Radiologist, Teleradiologist

Brown University of Medicine

Vincent Morelli, M.D.
Vincent Morelli, M.D.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Richard Mackenzie, M.D.
Richard Mackenzie, M.D.

Associate Professor

University of Southern California School of Medicine

Dr. Karen Haynes
Dr. Karen Haynes

President

California State University, San Marcos

Dr. Henry Nguyen
Dr. Henry Nguyen

Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Biotechnology

University of Missouri

Dr. Christopher Wolf
Dr. Christopher Wolf

CEO and Chief Investment

Officer of Preservation Trust Advisors

Dr. Zorica Pantic
Dr. Zorica Pantic

President

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Gary Beer
Gary Beer

Former President

Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Christopher Phillips
Dr. Christopher Phillips

Founder

Society for Philosophical Inquiry

Dr. T. Dwayne McCay
Dr. T. Dwayne McCay

President And Chief Operating Officer

Florida Institute of Technology

Dr. Kevin Truman
Dr. Kevin Truman

Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering

University of Missouri–Kansas City

Mr. Jeffrey S. Goss
Mr. Jeffrey S. Goss

Associate Vice Provost, Vietnam SE Asia Programs

Arizona State University

Dr. Emily Cutrer
Dr. Emily Cutrer

President

Texas A&M University – Texarkana

Faculty

Dr. John Behzad
Dr. John Behzad

Professor of Finance and Academic VP

Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

Dr. Monty Vierra
Dr. Monty Vierra

Associate Professor of English Literature

Ph.D., Idaho State University

Prof. Benjamin Quick
Prof. Benjamin Quick

Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies

M.F.A, The University of Arizona

Prof. Leigh Cantero
Prof. Leigh Cantero

Lecturer of Entrepreneurship

Prof. Ralph Milsap
Prof. Ralph Milsap

Senior Lecturer of World History

M.A., Northern Michigan University

Dr. Marcelo Gonzalez
Dr. Marcelo Gonzalez

Professor of Modern Languages

Ph.D., Monash University

Dr. George Main
Dr. George Main

Senior Professor of Business Law

J.D., Seattle University School of Law

Dr. Mirja Holst
Dr. Mirja Holst

Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., University of Leeds

Dr. Russell Freeman
Dr. Russell Freeman

Lecturer of Health & Wellness

Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College

Dr. Hoa Nguyen
Dr. Hoa Nguyen

Professor of Media Communications and Coordinator of Communications Program

Ph.D, University of Maryland

Prof. John Saboe
Prof. John Saboe

Associate Instructor of Media Communications

Dr. Phong Phan
Dr. Phong Phan

Professor of Biochemistry and Coordinator of Health Sciences Program

Ph.D, Iowa State University

Prof. Jason Nanton
Prof. Jason Nanton

Professor of Economics & Finance

M.B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dr. Wayne Powel
Dr. Wayne Powel

Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Dr. Robert M. MacKay
Dr. Robert M. MacKay

Professor of Physics

Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology

Prof. Siben Dasgupta
Prof. Siben Dasgupta

Associate Professor of Engineering and Coordinator of Engineering Programs

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Dr. Jurgen Simon
Dr. Jurgen Simon

Associate Professor of International Business

Ph.D. Indiana University Bloomington

Dr. Marty F. Fees
Dr. Marty F. Fees

Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D., Northern Arizona University

Dr. Jean L. Briastre
Dr. Jean L. Briastre

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Dr. Hoang Nguyen
Dr. Hoang Nguyen

Associate Professor of Statistics

Ph.D., University of Southern California

Dr. Hung Le
Dr. Hung Le

Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Maynard F. Yutzy
Dr. Maynard F. Yutzy

Professor of Education

Ed.D., University of Oregon

Dr. Quyen Di Bui
Dr. Quyen Di Bui

Professor of Asian Studies

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Ryan Preston
Dr. Ryan Preston

Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., Harvard University

Dr. Richard Mack
Dr. Richard Mack

Professor of English Literature

Ph.D., Colorado State University

Dr. Vincent J. Morelli
Dr. Vincent J. Morelli

Professor of Sport Medicine

M.D., Duke University

Prof. Fabrice Boucard
Prof. Fabrice Boucard

Associate Instructor of French Culture

M.S., IUP University, France

Prof. Stephen Donald Howell
Prof. Stephen Donald Howell

Senior Lecturer of U.S. History

M.A.,Campbell University

Prof. Hien Le
Prof. Hien Le

Associate Instructor of Intensive English

M.A., Texas Christian University

Prof. Frank Vinh
Prof. Frank Vinh

Senior Lecturer of Languages

M.S, University of Southern California

Prof. Brandon Mclaughlin
Prof. Brandon Mclaughlin

Associate Instructor of Psychology

M.S.,University Of Maine

Prof. Shannon Ahrndt
Prof. Shannon Ahrndt

Associate Instructor of Intensive English

M.A., University of Wisconsin

Prof. Ben Thelwell
Prof. Ben Thelwell

Associate Instructor of Intensive English

M.S., University of Maine

Prof. Brandon Fink
Prof. Brandon Fink

Associate Instructor of Intensive English

M.S., Western Oregon State University

Prof. Matthew Klein
Prof. Matthew Klein

Associate Instructor of Intensive English

M.S., University of Massachusetts, Boston

Prof. Alex Bleecker
Prof. Alex Bleecker

Associate Instructor of Intensive English

M.S., Bank Street School of Education, New York

Campus

The American University of Vietnam campus is in a perfect location for students to enjoy the quiet subtleties of Vietnam’s natural landscape all while being only a short walk to the beach or a bus ride into the city center. The campus is well organized to meet all student needs such as an international library, up to date computer lab, SMART board classrooms and facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool. As Da Nang is the fastest growing city in Southeast Asia, AUV will continue to cater to students from all over the country and the globe giving students the resources and skills to thrive in their futures.

AUV Campus Visits

We welcome visitors to our lush and ever-growing campus south of the Da Nang city center. You can explore the halls of our main building, peeking in on our smart classrooms where you are likely to catch a glimpse of students and faculty engaged in the lively give and take of classroom learning, wander along paths winding around lotus ponds and listen to the sounds of local birds, and sip on a smoothie or traditional Vietnamese milk coffee in our student lounge when you’re finished. Our hours are 8:00AM- 5:00PM M-F, and we do ask that you call or email us before your visit so we can help provide you with the best possible experience.

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