U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius hosted a reception at the Hilton Hotel for 150 alumni of various U.S. Government exchange programs. There are a total of 4,000 Vietnamese alumni of different U.S. Government exchange programs, including the Fulbright Program, the International Visitor Leadership Program, the Humphrey Program, the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program, the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, the Vietnam Education Foundation, the Global Undergraduate Programs and other programs for Vietnamese youth. These alumni are contributing greatly to the development of Vietnam and U.S. Vietnam relations. Speaking at the reception, Ambassador Osius said, “The more Vietnamese alumni are working together and coordinating on issues that matter, the better off we will all be… We are eager to hear your recommendations on how we can build on the Comprehensive Partnership and strengthen our ties in 2015 and beyond.” In July 2014, the Vietnam-U.S. Alumni Club (VUSAC) was established under the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) in order to promote networking among these alumni and help them better achieve these important things.
The reception was one of the important events the U.S. Mission is doing in 2015 to mark the 20th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam relations. During this year, the U.S. Mission in Vietnam plans to celebrate with major events highlighting our journey during the last 20 years and, more importantly, where we can go in the future. “We plan to celebrate the future of Vietnam through events in each of Vietnam’s 63 provinces. The United States wants to share this anniversary with all of the people of Vietnam—from Cao Bang to Ca Mau and everywhere in between,” said Ambassador Osius at the reception.
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