Kansas State University Joins Capstone International Academic Center


Hanoi — Kansas State University (K-State), recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges and by ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 75 public universities in the U.S., recently signed an agreement to join Capstone Vietnam’s International Academic Center (IAC) in Hanoi.


The IAC is a shared facility that serves as a home base from which a U.S. or other foreign institution of higher education can promote its programs and services in Vietnam, and even regionally.The center, which offers a modern and collegial work environment for school representatives to do their work, is supported by Capstone staff, and includes a reception area and conference room for meetings and presentations.Dr. Mark Ashwill, Capstone managing director and founder, provides assistance, supervision and strategic input on an as-needed basis.


"Mark Ashwill is dynamic and well-versed about academic connections and U.S.-Vietnam relations. This partnership will give us a full-time representative in Vietnam," said Jim Lewis, K-State’s director of international admissions and recruiting.

"The Capstone Vietnam office staff background and knowledge of international education both in the U. S. and Vietnam will be a great asset to Kansas State University's international operations," said April Mason, university Provost and senior vice president.

Marcelo Sabates, interim associate provost for international programs, said establishing an office in Vietnam was an exciting opportunity to maximize the university's reach into an emerging market and a country that places a high value on higher education. "Vietnam holds promise for U.S. academic engagement because of its population of more than 90 million people, being the 14th largest country in the world and the rise of English as the second most popular language," Sabates said. "More importantly, the quality of Vietnamese students, both undergraduate and graduate, is promisingly high."

“The IAC gives K-State and other institutional members a meaningful long-term presence in Vietnam.Some of the advantages include free advising services for students and parents, and the chance to explore other opportunities, in addition to student recruitment,” noted Dr. Ashwill.


Capstone has announced the appointment of Nguyen Thi Thu Huong as the Vietnam country coordinator for Kansas State University.Ms. Huong, who comes to the IAC from the Ministry of Education and Training’s (MoET) National Foreign Languages 2020 Project, has an undergraduate degree from Russia and a Master’s degree from Fordham University in New York in the U.S.


Capstone Vietnam, whose slogan is Reaching New Heights, is a Hanoi-based human resource development company that offers education and training solutions in a variety of areas, including institutional services, overseas study advising, skills training and the sale of education products.


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