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Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco signing an agreement with officials from Hanoi University in Vietnam
Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco signs a memorandum of understanding at Hanoi University in Vietnam.

Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco, president of The College of Saint Rose, signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Nguyen Tat Thanh University and Hanoi University during her recent trip to Vietnam, where she also spoke about the importance of international students to American higher education, and met with prospective students and their families and the family members of a current Saint Rose student from Vietnam.

The MOUs with Nguyen Tat Thanh University (NTTU), a private university in Ho Chi Minh City with 30,000 students, and Hanoi University, a public university in Hanoi with 20,000 students, will support student-exchange programs, visiting faculty members, short-term academic programs, and joint degree programs. The College of Saint Rose is the first American institution of higher education to sign an MOU with NTTU.

“I am honored to have been invited to meet with the presidents and senior leaders of both Nguyen Tat Thanh and Hanoi universities, to tour their campuses with my Saint Rose colleague, Assistant Vice President for Global Affairs Dr. Alfredo Varela, and to have had the opportunity to discuss how our partnerships will facilitate our shared goal of global connectedness,” Stefanco said. “I look forward to pursuing the many ideas we discussed, which will benefit all of our students.”

Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony with Nguyen Tat Thanh University officials in Vietnam.

Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony with Nguyen Tat Thanh University officials in Vietnam.

NTTU offers undergraduate programs in health sciences, economics, humanities and social sciences, technology, and fine arts. The university also offers master’s degree programs.

Hanoi University is home to programs in languages, business, marketing and communications, and information technology. The university encourages lecturers and students to participate in scientific research and practical applications. Programs are offered at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.

President Carolyn J. Stefanco with the family of a current Saint Rose student in Vietnam

President Carolyn J. Stefanco in Vietnam with the family of a current Saint Rose student.

Along with visits to these universities, Stefanco and Varela spoke about American higher education at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi during two special sessions for students organized by EducationUSA, a U.S. Department of State network of more than 400 international student-advising centers in more than 170 countries. They also met with Consular officials about the student visa application process.

Seventy countries are represented among the student body at Saint Rose, including Australia, Cape Verde, Denmark, France, China, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Mauritius, Paraguay, Saint Martin, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Yemen, Vietnam, and many more.

A report issued in Fall 2017 by the Institute for International Education noted that the population of students from other countries currently studying in the United States increased by 3.4%. The top two states to which international students come to study consistently remain California and New York, with the percentage studying in New York State increasing by 3.6% from 2016 to 2017.

“Saint Rose is located in the heart of the great state of New York and is a perfect destination for students from around the world,” Stefanco said. “I am looking forward to welcoming more students from Vietnam to our campus, and furthering the College’s strategic plan goal of becoming a first-choice institution for students coming to study in the U.S.”

The College of Saint Rose is a private, independent, coeducational institution of higher education in Albany, New York, offering more than 100 bachelor’s degree programs, master’s degree programs, and certificate programs. Through a strong liberal arts education curriculum and professional academic programs, the College serves undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, international students, and more.