"Together, we can make
this world a better place"
(Nguyen's speech at the HGSE commencement 2000)
Though 25 years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnam still struggles with its consequences. Vietnam today, as the World Bank reported, faces a difficult economic situation. One reason for the economic hardship, I believe, is that the people were not ready for the rapid change brought by the recent Economic Renovation, "Doi Moi." The educational system could not adequately prepare people to cope with changes, both within the country and in the international arena.
By focusing on quality education in Vietnam, we can help the Vietnamese improve their social and economic possibilities. The ideal first step would be to bring thoughtful and well-respected Vietnamese teachers and educators to programs at the Harvard Graduate School of education as visiting scholars. At the same time, American educators could go to Vietnam to share and exchange their ideas to Vietnamese educators.