August 19th – 27th, 2017
Schar School Vietnam Residency Program
Regional Security Challenges and Economic Development Successes
Held at Vietnam National University, Hanoi
This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students.
Minimum 15 students
This is a fall 2017 course. Fall financial aid can be used for payment.
Course Directors: Bob Deitz, Stuart Kewley, and Michal McElwain Malur
GMU’s August 2017 residency program in Hanoi, Vietnam, takes you to the capital of Asia’s newest tiger. The start of the 21st century has witnessed a historic rebalancing of the world economy in favor of the world’s most populated region, Asia. At its core is the rise of China, which is now the world’s second-largest economy. Today one quarter of the world’s total manufacturing output is produced in China.
As China’s economy matures and inevitably slows down, however, Chinese manufacturing has become less competitive in the more labor-intensive parts of the supply chain. In response, corporations are shifting this type of manufacturing to countries with lower wage rates. At the forefront of this shift is Vietnam: a dynamic economy in Southeast Asia Vietnam has seen continuous GDP growth, on average 6 per cent per annum, since first implementing free-market reforms in 1997 (the “Doi Moi” policy). For the past few years, multinationals from the US, Japan, South Korea and other countries have been ramping up their operations in Vietnam, building factories and launching joint ventures.
Vietnam has many economic advantages aside from a low cost of labor. Its ports are modern and well-situated on shipping routes, making it easy to integrate exports into global supply chains. Its population is young, with 40% of the population aged 15–49 and in the labor force. Finally, its government is actively promoting foreign investment and has committed to reforming the country’s inefficient public sector, a holdover from Vietnam’s communist past.
In the midst of this impressive progress, socio-economic disparities remain entrenched. Poverty continues to be a predominantly rural phenomenon with 91 per cent of the poor living in rural areas. In 2010, minorities accounted for nearly half (47 per cent) of the total poor, but only 15 per cent of the population. At 66.3 per cent, the ethnic minority poverty rate was five times higher than the poverty rate for the Kinh majority (12.9 per cent). Today, many ethnic minority children live in households earning less than US$1 a day and have fewer opportunities to attend school or access healthcare. Child poverty is a major concern, accounting for 21.1 per cent in 2010, 20.7 per cent in 2008 and 22.6 per cent in 2006. Moreover, multi-dimensional child poverty is much higher, with around 30 per cent (approximately 7 million) of children in Viet Nam suffering from two or more deprivations.
While Vietnam has remained relatively conflict-free since its Cambodia days, tensions have arisen in the past between Vietnam and its neighbors, especially in the case of China since both nations assert claims to the Spratly Islands, an archipelago in a potentially oil-rich area of the South China Sea. Vietnam and Russia declared a strategic partnership in March 2001 during the first visit ever to Hanoi of a Russian head of state, largely in an attempt to counterbalance China’s growing profile in Southeast Asia. The U.S. has begun to push back against China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea and elsewhere.
The registration fee for this program is $4,300.
Please Note: Please complete your online registration forms by May 15, 2017. The $1,000 deposit or completion of financial aid paperwork must be submitted before May 25, 2017. You will receive your acceptance notice on or about May 15, 2017. The second round of applications will be reviewed on July 1, 2017 with the deposit due by July 15, 2017 and the balance by August 1, 2017.
Cancellations: If you apply for early registration and withdraw before the May 15, 2017 deposit deadline, you will be charged an application fee of $150. If you drop after May 25, you will be charged the full non-refundable deposit of $1,000. The balance is due August 1, 2017. There are no refunds for any reason after August 1, 2017. You must cancel in writing to Michal Malur at email@example.com.
Online Registration for GMU and nonGMU students
PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:
- 3 credits tuition
- 8 nights of accommodation
- Most meals
- In country travel to all program activities
- Cultural excursions and site visits
PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Some meals
- Expenditure for items of personal nature (laundry, telephone, internet fees, etc.)