K-State to recruit in Vietnam

By The Mercury

Kansas State University is expanding its international outreach to welcome students from Vietnam.

Administrators at the office of international programs have announced a partnership agreement with Capstone Vietnam and its managing director, Mark Ashwill. Capstone and Ashwill will represent the university in Vietnam, effectively establishing a recruitment office in the country.

“As a leading academic resource development organization in Vietnam, Capstone is in a position to capture a share of the developing student market quickly and effectively,” said Jim Lewis, the university’s director of international admissions and recruiting. “Mark is dynamic and well-versed about academic connections and U.S.-Vietnam relations. This partnership will give us a full-time representative in Vietnam.”

Caspstone Vietnam is a firm that specializes in matching applicant students from that country with universities and colleges in the United States. It is aligned with 34 institutions in the U.S., most of them community colleges or small colleges. It does, however, list some major four-year universities in addition to K-State among its clients, notably the University of Chicago.

K-State provost April Mason said Ashwill “brings to our university years of experience in structuring and establishing mutually beneficial academic partnerships. This ties in nicely with one of the university’s Vision 2025 goals to further internationalize the campus by continuing to diversify its international student population.”

Marcelo Sabates, interim associate provost for international programs, said establishing an office in Vietnam was an exciting opportunity to maximize the university’s reach into an emerging market and a country that places a high value on higher education.

“Vietnam holds promise for U.S. academic engagement because of its population of more than 90 million people, being the 14th largest country in the world and the rise of English as the second most popular language in its territory,” Sabates said. “

The number of Vietnamese students in the U.S. has grown by more than six times in a decade. Vietnam will be the third international office established by Kansas State University. An office in China was opened in 2006 and an office in India began in 2008.

“In Vietnam, Capstone will elevate the profile that, in the context of Vision 2025, Kansas State University wants to achieve in terms of collaborative research, faculty-led study abroad opportunities and development of partnerships throughout the country,” Sabates said.

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