Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius to Lead Fulbright Vietnam University

Tuan Minh

18:16 01/11/2017

BizLIVE - The U.S.-Vietnam relationship made huge strides during the past three years with Ted Osius being ambassador to the Southeast Asian country.

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius to Lead Fulbright Vietnam University

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius. Photo by USAID

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius will assume vice chair of Ho Chi Minh City-based Fulbright Vietnam University, expecting to further contribute to the U.S.-Vietnam relations after leading the U.S. diplomatic corps in the Southeast Asian country for three years.
At a farewell meeting with the ambassador in Hanoi on October 30, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang expressed hope that the ambassador on his new position will continue contributing to education cooperation between the two countries.
The president stressed that Vietnam gives top priority to education, aiming to develop highly-skilled manpower and catch up with developed regional countries.
President Quang highly valued Ambssador Ted Osius’s contributions to and active role in advancing the U.S.-Vietnam ties. During his three-year term, the ambassador helped prepare high-ranking visits, the most for a U.S. ambassador to Vietnam so far.
In the past three years, the two former foes have seen large strides in their relationship, marked by the history-making visit by General Secretary of the Vietnam Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong to the U.S. in July 2015, President Obama’s Vietnam tour in May 2016, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s U.S. visit in May 2015, and the upcoming official visit by President Donald Trump.
At the meeting, Ambassador Ted Osius expressed his joy to stay in Vietnam and be able to help advance bilateral ties.
He tipped that the his successor, Daniel Kritenbrink, is eager to come to Vietnam and present his credentials to President Tran Dai Quang before the kickoff of the APEC 2017 Week Summit in Da Nang.
Dam Bich Thuy, former CEO of ANZ Vietnam, is now president of Fulbright Vietnam University.
In June this year, Fulbright Vietnam University received $7.2 million in assistance from the USAID and another $8.3 million in assistance from the U.S. State Department.