The Partnership for Higher Education Reform is a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen teaching, research, innovation, and governance within the three largest national universities in Vietnam. The initiative was awarded to Indiana University in 2021 for approximately $14.2 million, subject to availability of funds. This new USAID grant underscores the United States’ commitment to the future of Vietnam and the enduring nature of the U.S.-Vietnam partnership, and the project will support inclusive economic opportunities for nearly 150,000 Vietnamese students in support of a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam as a vital U.S. partner.
Mobilizing IU expertise to modernize universities in Vietnam
The project will be spearheaded by O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor Anh Tran and Teshome Alemneh, Associate Vice President for International Research and Development and head of IU's Office of International Development. Supporting three major Vietnamese universities -- Vietnam National University-Hanoi, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City and the University of Danang -- the program aims to help these institutions become more sustainable, accountable, and autonomous; improve academic quality; and advance research and innovation.