Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – FUV is thrilled that Ted Osius, former US ambassador to Vietnam, has joined the university as Vice President. He will support the President in her effort to build the university, create partnerships and design its programs. He will also direct the Grand Challenges Initiative, ensuring that FUV contributes to addressing Vietnam’s most pressing problems.
Osius’ move to the FUV academic venture after leaving the foreign service is rooted in a long-standing interest in higher education which was first sparked by a 1984 yearlong internship at the American University in Cairo, and rekindled more recently by an associate professor position at the National Defense University in 2013. In addition to a palpable love for the people, culture, and language of Vietnam that blossomed over the six years he served as a diplomat in Vietnam, Osius brings to FUV a sophisticated understanding of the challenges facing Vietnam and a deep appreciation for the role universities will play in enabling Vietnam to cultivate the full potential of its people and to thrive in the 21st century.