Nineteen Vietnamese students joined the Keuka College alumni ranks as the College held its first graduation ceremony at Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi Sunday, Dec 18.
The graduation was held at the Fortuna Hotel in Hanoi and was attended by top officials from VNU and its International School, including Vice President Nguyen Huu Duc, Rector Professor Do, and Vice Rector Dr. Tu. Keuka President Dr. Jorge Díaz-Herrera and Vice President for the Center for Professional Studies and International Programs Dr. Gary Smith also took part in the ceremony.
“I am honored to preside at this ceremony that recognizes in formal spirit the educational accomplishment and personal growth of students who have completed, in partnership with the International School at VNU, Keuka College’s Bachelor of Science degree in management,” said Díaz-Herrera.
The president told the graduates that “the business of universities is ideas through the creation of new knowledge via research and the dissemination of this knowledge with education. But in today’s world, we mean the global circulation of ideas through global flow of students and scholars and the internationalization of research.”
According to Díaz-Herrera, “globalization used to go one way, now it goes every way, so we touch on building bridges and breaking down barriers between countries through education. Internationalization of education is today an institutional imperative. Global learning and exploration is a reality and we at Keuka College have had firsthand experience for more than a decade and our offerings are expanding. Our global educational objectives cover multiple fronts, delivering education and providing experiences to non-U.S. students enabling global experiences for U.S. faculty and students, and fostering global intelligence for all.”
The College boasts the largest undergraduate enrollment of any American college operating in China, with 2,960 Chinese students pursuing degrees at four partner universities, and is on its way to making a similar claim in Vietnam.
In spring 2010, Keuka started a Bachelor of Science degree in management program at VNU in Hanoi and in October of this year opened a second site at the University of Science, VNU—Ho Chi Minh City (HCMUS), ITEC (International Training and Education Center). Enrollment in Ho Chi Minh City is 174 and 304 in Hanoi.
The Vietnamese students who graduated Sunday were transfer students, according to Bill Myers, director of the College’s Vietnam program.