…We’re very excited that…the new Fulbright University Vietnam will open in Ho Chi Minh City — this nation’s first independent, non-profit university — where there will be full academic freedom and scholarships for those in need. Students, scholars, researchers will focus on public policy and management and business; on engineering and computer science; and liberal arts — everything from the poetry of Nguyen Du, to the philosophy of Phan Chu Trinh, to the mathematics of Ngo Bao Chau…

President Barack Obama
Hanoi, May 24, 2016

Fulbright University Vietnam was introduced to the world by President Barack Obama in Hanoi on May 24, 2016.

Our origin story dates back to the establishment of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP), now the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM), in 1994 by the Harvard Vietnam Program. Powered by funding from the US Department of State, FETP built a reputation as a center of excellence in public policy research and teaching in Vietnam.

The initial vision for an independent, nonprofit university emerged from discussions among FETP supporters and stakeholders. In 2012, the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam, a US-based nonprofit corporation, was established to sponsor and take forward the FUV project.

FUV is a private initiative, led by private citizens from Vietnam and the US. Since the beginning, we have benefited from the strong support of the Vietnamese and American governments. Highlights of this track record of bilateral support include:

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    FUV highlighted by President Truong Tan Sang and President Barack Obama.

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    The US Congress allocates funding to create an American-style university in Vietnam.

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    The Ho Chi Minh City government grants 15 hectares of land in the Saigon High-Tech Park in District.

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    Former U.S. President Barack Obama announces the opening of Fulbright University Vietnam.

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    The Vietnamese government grants FUV its operating license.