Fulbright University Vietnam is privileged to bear the name of Senator J. William Fulbright. We share the Senator’s conviction that educational exchange can bring peoples and nations closer together.
In Vietnam, the Fulbright name resonates deeply. Some recall the Senator’s courageous stance against the Vietnam War. The Fulbright Exchange Program was re-established in 1991, making it one of the very first links between the two countries in the post war period. Today Vietnamese Fulbright are leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. For many Vietnamese, the Fulbright name is associated with excellence, meritocracy, and openness.
The decision to name the university after Senator Fulbright was driven by the university’s Vietnamese stakeholders, who persuaded the university’s American supporters that no other name would be as appropriate.
Fulbright University Vietnam is a start-up, and much about its programs remains to be determined, but we know that the Senator’s legacy and values will be reflected in the university’s educational experience. As FUV evolves we look forward to working with the Fulbright community in Vietnam, and around the world.
FUV president Dam Bich Thuy speaking at a Fulbright panel at a conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, in December 2016.