Ho Chi Minh City, September 4, 2020 – At “The Future of ASEAN: The Youth Factor” event, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell announced that the U.S. Department of State intends to provide $5 million to establish the YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, to deliver capacity-building seminars to entry- to mid-level professionals ages 25-40 from across Southeast Asia around the themes of technology and innovation, public policy, and entrepreneurship. Selected fellows will participate in seminars, group projects, and site visits. They will have many rich opportunities to expand their professional networks.
This partnership will bring together YSEALI, the U.S. government’s signature program to improve the education and skills of future leaders from all 10 ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste, with Fulbright University Vietnam, the first nonprofit, independent, U.S.-affiliated university in Vietnam. YSEALI is helping the next generation of ASEAN leaders build the skills they need through programs like the new YSEALI Academy. The YSEALI Academy builds on previous cooperation between FUV and the U.S. government. In 2015 and 2017, the U.S. Mission to Vietnam, in partnership with Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (now one of FUV’s schools), hosted two Fulbright YSEALI Summer School Programs in Ho Chi Minh City where 200 YSEALI members from all over Vietnam deepened their knowledge about issues relating to the ASEAN Economic Community, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
In collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright University Vietnam plans to bring together academics, policy practitioners, and guest speakers from the United States and Southeast Asia to instruct and mentor more than 400 young professionals from all 10 ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste.
This innovative YSEALI program is poised to start in 2021. Fellows will receive a certificate and be a part of the YSEALI and Fulbright University Vietnam alumni networks.
Speaking virtually at the event, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink said, “The U.S. Mission to Vietnam, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, and the entire U.S. Government, considers YSEALI to be a signature program, strengthening human capital development across the region. Since the initiative was launched in December 2013, there have been more than 150,000 members in the YSEALI network, including 30,000 members from Vietnam. The U.S. Government is proud to contribute to YSEALI and Fulbright University Vietnam to strengthen youth capacity, not only in Vietnam, but also in the ASEAN community.”
Also joining the event virtually, Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States Hà Kim Ngọc and U.S. Mission to ASEAN Chargé d’Affaires Melissa A. Brown, highlighted the importance of YSEALI and FUV in strengthening the future of Vietnam and ASEAN.
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