This program will be led by Professor Anh Tran and the client will USAID Partnership for Higher Education Reform Porject in Vietnam. O’Neill students will work with graduate students from partner institution, Vietnam National University, to complete the capstone project for the client. Partner and client work will take place on Zoom until May 2023, when the optional travel portion to Hanoi of the course begins.
Global Capstone 2023: Vietnam
Course information: The V600 Capstone courses are intended to address topics that integrate public policy, management, and science/technology in an interdisciplinary framework. The expectation is that the class will involve a group project that requires students with very different backgrounds and skills to work together in a collaborative learning format. The course is a capstone for the core curriculum rather than a concentration element and deals with interdisciplinary, interrelated issues that generally arise in the professional positions students are expected to obtain. In keeping with these objectives, this section of V600 is intended to integrate a wide variety of previous coursework, including both the core curriculum of our O'Neill degrees and each student's individual concentration areas.
In this specific Capstone, O’Neill students will work as consultants for USAID Partnership for Higher Education Reform Project in Vietnam.
The assignment is develop an online self-pace course “Building a 21st Century University: Experience from Indiana University” for thousands of university administrators and faculty members in Vietnam. Students will work virtually in an cross-cultural team with graduate Vietnamese students from Vietnam National University in Hanoi to jointly develop this course.
The optional international travel portion of the course will take place May 7- May 14, 2023 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Students can meet with their Vietnamese teammates and present the course to the Client, and submerge yourselves in the Vietnamese culture, economy and landscapes. It also provides an opportunity to meet with distinguished guest speakers, IU alumni from national and local government, non-profit, academic and international institutions.
The international travel portion of the course will include the following items:
- Comprehensive pre-departure training covering country-specific health and safety information
- Ground transportation in-country to/from excursions
- Welcome and farewell dinners as a group
- Professional meetings with client
- Site-visits to organizations relevant to client
- Professional development activities
- Cultural excursions
The 2023 Global Capstone fee (for students participating in the travel component) will be $600-750. To secure their spot, students will accept their offer with a $250 deposit towards the program fee. The remaining program fee amount will be charged to students’ bursars prior to the travel portion of the course.
In addition to the program fee, students will be responsible for covering their flight and personal expenses while on the ground overseas, as well as paying tuition for the V600 Capstone course (3 credits).
Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. Please note scholarships are only applicable for students participating in the traveling component.
We invite applications from O’Neill graduate students in the MAAA, MPA, or MSES programs who are in good academic and disciplinary standing. Course capacity is 20 students.
Applications will open on Thursday, September 15th. We will take applications until Saturday, October 1st. Enrollment decisions will be announced mid October with a priority for students who want to participate in the travel portion of the course.
The application is very simple. Everyone who wants to enroll in this course must complete the application. You will need the following to complete the application:
- Personal information (name, degree, GPA, etc.)
- Intention to participate in the travel portion of the course (yes/no)
The O’Neill International Office will administer a pre-departure training and preparation process covering health, safety, security, and cultural information for students doing this program. A pre-departure group meeting covering these topics will take place in Spring 2023 preceding departure for the international travel portion of the course.