Our employment service provides operational support for the Kennedy School’s longstanding research, teaching, and policy initiatives in Vietnam.

Informing Policy and Improving Governance in Vietnam

The Ash Center’s Vietnam Program has been a leading and influential voice in the country’s socioeconomic policy dialogues since the late 1980s. Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center, and Thomas Vallely, senior advisor for Mainland Southeast Asia, oversee the program's activities, for which we have provided employment and payroll services.

The Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (also known as the Fulbright School) is the Vietnam Program’s flagship initiative. Funded by the U.S. State Department, it began as a partnership with the University of Economics-Ho Chi Minh City and has now evolved into Fulbright University Vietnam, the country’s first independent nonprofit university. Offering executive education courses and the country’s first-ever master’s degree in public policy, its curriculum is tailored to the challenges that developing nations face.

The Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative is embedded within the Fulbright School and funded by USAID. Its research, policy dialogue activities, and courses focus on building capacity for public policy analysis and cooperation among Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, particularly in economic development that is ecologically sustainable.

Harvard Global Services in Vietnam

The Ash Center utilizes our employment service to hire academics for medium-term teaching and research assignments. We’re able to provide employment in Vietnam through a Vietnamese government decree and an agreement between HKS and the Vietnamese partner.