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In 2016, President Obama announced the U.S. Government’s commitment to opening a new, world-class, American-style university in Vietnam. Fulbright opened its doors to the first graduate students in October 2017, and will begin its undergraduate program this summer. Come and join Fulbright President Dam Bich Thuy, Vice President Ted Osius, Chief Academic Officer Ryan Derby-Talbot and award-winning architects from SHoP to learn more about this exciting project, its first batch of students, academic program, enhanced leadership and plans for a stunning new campus.


04:00 pm Registration and Refreshment
04:15 pm Welcome Remark by AmCham
04:20 pm Presentation of Fulbright
05:00 pm Q&A
05:30 pm Event ends


The event is free of charge.

Note: AmCham has very limited space for this event. Please make registration as soon as possible to reserve for yourself.



Ms. Dam Bich Thuy, Fulbright University Vietnam, President

After graduating from university in Ha Noi, Dam Bich Thuy established the first private foreign investment consultancy firm in Vietnam. Her clients included ANZ, Phillip Morris, Coca Cola, IBM and Citibank. She then continued her MBA in Finance at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania under Fulbright Scholarship.

After completing her MBA, she joined the Australia New Zealand Bank, helping set up ANZ’s investment banking business in Asia. Ten years later, she was appointed as CEO for ANZ Vietnam, making her the first Vietnamese national to lead an international bank in Vietnam.

In 2016, she became the Founding President of Fulbright University Vietnam.

Mr. Ted Osius, Fulbright University Vietnam, Vice President

After the end of his term as the sixth U.S. ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr. Osius has decided to stay and join Fulbright University Vietnam as its Vice President.

Prior to his tenure as ambassador, Mr. 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. Mr. Osius also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Korean Affairs at the State Department, 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, Mr. 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. He also served in the United Nations, the Holy See and the Philippines. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Osius worked in the Office of U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Jr., and as a Presidential Intern at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. Ryan Derby-Talbot, Fulbright University Vietnam, Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Derby-Talbot joins Fulbright University Vietnam after eight years on the faculty of Quest University Canada, an innovative, private liberal arts college in British Columbia. For four years he served as Quest’s vice president and CAO. Under Dr. Derby-Talbot’s leadership Quest doubled the size of its full-time faculty, greatly strengthened its undergraduate curriculum and launched a number of initiatives aimed at enriching the learning experience for Quest’s students.

Prior to joining Quest, Dr. Derby-Talbot spent three years as an assistant professor at the American University in Cairo. After graduating from Pomona College he taught English to Japanese students through the Japanese Education and Teaching (JET) Program.

Dr. Derby-Talbot holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the field of topology and studies objects that are potential candidates for the shape of the universe, understanding them primarily through their so-called “Heegaard splittings.” He publishes regularly in mathematics as well as in teaching and pedagogy.

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