Increase the skills levels of the Vietnamese people so that they are more productive in commercial enterprise, can sustain higher value manufacturing and services, and therefore command higher salaries; 2) Increase awareness of U.S. education opportunities, both in the USA and Vietnam
Committee members will be responsible for:
- Attending 80% of the scheduled monthly meetings
- Each member collaborating on at least one event that advances one or more of the Committee’s 2014-2015 objectives
- Reaching out to individuals and organizations in the education sector in Vietnam and invite them to join Am Cham.
Goals and Objectives
- Assist in the development of a workforce in Vietnam that supports high value-added manufacturing, and creates jobs with higher salaries. The basis for a solution exists, in part, in the HEEAP program.
- Continue to support and expand the AmCham Scholarship Program. Ongoing critical evaluation of the program in order to assure it meets its goals is important. Adding programs for target groups such as women, vocational training (as compared to university education in the current program), and liberal arts education should be considered.
- Encourage Vietnamese women to enter the technology and technical manufacturing sectors through vocational education. This can be achieved by an active PR campaign that stresses the positive aspects of women’s roles in this sector. Expanding the AmCham scholarship program to include technical education scholarships for women is also desirable.
- Support the development of high quality vocational education that meets international standards in target industries, which in addition to technology includes hospitality, healthcare, tourism, and training English teachers.
- Use Am Cham knowledge about and connection to American post-secondary education to help Vietnamese members of AmCham make education decisions for their children. This can also be a big selling point on getting more Vietnamese members in Am Cham.
- Develop education investment opportunities for US companies
- Develop stronger connections between Int’l secondary school communities and AmCham.
Ted Osius, Vice President of Fulbright University Vietnam
ormer Ambassador Ted Osius joined the leadership team of Fulbright University Vietnam in January 2018. He retired from the State Department in 2017 after nearly thirty years as a diplomat. From 2014 to 2017, he served as U.S. ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. During his tenure, he devised and implemented strategies to deepen security ties, sign tens of billions worth of commercial deals, expand educational exchange, and pin down agreements on trade, law enforcement, environmental protection, and addressing honestly a difficult past. Ambassador Osius’ leadership helped bring about a transformation in U.S.-Vietnam relations.
Earlier, Ambassador Osius was associate professor at the National War College and Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. Ambassador Osius also served as deputy director of the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, regional environment officer for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and senior advisor on international affairs at the Office of the Vice President.
Early in his career, Ambassador Osius helped open the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and was one of the first U.S. diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked in the Office of U.S. Senator Al Gore, and as a presidential intern at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education.
Ambassador Osius serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam. He chairs the Education Committee, which seeks to boost educational innovation for the betterment of Vietnamese society. Ambassador Osius loves travel, biking, sailing, theater and photography. He is married to Clayton Alan Bond; the couple has a three-year-old daughter and four-year-old son.
Board of Liaison
Michael Beckman, Russin & Vecchi
Michael works closely with Sesto Vecchi at Russin & Vecchi, one of the oldest foreign law firms in Vietnam.
Priorto joining Russin & Vecchi, Michael worked as a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell and Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, Los Angeles and London, focusing on securities and M&A transactions. He is a member of the bar in New York and California.
Outside of law, Michael was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their Pharmaceutical and Medical Products practice group. After leaving McKinsey, he launched his own hedge funds, which he managed for a decade.
Michael graduated with his BA magna cum laude from Cornell University, received an MA from Princeton University and his JD from Yale Law School. He also studied at both Cambridge University in England and Georg-August University in Germany.
He has worked closely with members of the Food and Beverages Sector Committee, and, given his background, looks forward to becoming much more involved in the Healthcare and Education Committees.
The Committee meeting is organised monthly and open for members only.
Please visit amchamvietnam.com to get meeting agenda and register online in advance.