The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) has announced the selection of the fourth group of American professors to teach at Vietnamese universities during the 2011-2012 Academic Year as part of its US Faculty Scholar (USFS) Grant Programme.

Accordingly, US Faculty Scholars will teach in English at Vietnamese universities in their fields of expertise. Teaching may be conducted either on-site in Vietnam or by interactive, real-time videoconferencing from the United States.

The VEF will serve as the sponsor and organiser while the Vietnamese universities serve as the hosts and the US universities cooperate in the collaborative programs. This year the US National Academies assisted the VEF in the selection of Faculty Scholars.

Virginia Palmer, the US Deputy Chief of Mission to Vietnam, affirmed: "The USFS programme is an outstanding US government programme, which reflects one of our Mission's top priorities of enhancing US cooperation with Vietnam in the area of education. I believe it will also serve to support Vietnam's efforts to further reform and develop its higher education system."

Dr. Lynne McNamara, VEF Executive Director, stated: "An excellent example of American and Vietnamese university collaboration, the USFS program is a significant initiative of VEF, bringing outstanding American experts to teach at Vietnamese universities. Without a doubt, it will have a lasting impact on higher education in Vietnam."

Vietnam Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Hoang Van Phong said the USFS programme is an excellent initiative of VEF and will have significant effects in promoting cooperation between Vietnam and the United States.

VEF has provided grants to 11 US Faculty Scholars since 2008. This year the foundation will support six more American professors, each of whom will lead different teaching projects in Vietnam this year under the USFS Program./.