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Hockfield Discusses Education With Vietnamese Prime Minister

Hockfield Discusses Education With Vietnamese Prime Minister

President Susan Hockfield reaffirmed MIT’s status as a beacon for international students and education efforts in a meeting with the Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai on June 24.

“MIT is committed to keeping our doors open to the students of Vietnam — and of countries around the world — as we advance our mission of service to the nation and the world,” Hockfield wrote in an e-mail. “The Prime Minister appreciates the value MIT places on openness and on the importance of need-blind admission.”

The two also discussed ways in which programs such as OpenCourseWare “might help advance the development of excellent higher education institutions in Vietnam,” Hockfield wrote. Presently, some OCW materials are being translated into Vietnamese by a Fulbright-sponsored program.

Khai met with Hockfield as part of his recent tour of the U.S., which also included meetings with President George W. Bush and Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers ’75. Khai’s visit made him the highest ranking Vietnamese official to visit the White House since the end of the Vietnam War.

Kelley Rivoire