Troy University officials will award degrees in Vietnam this week during the university’s commencement ceremonies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will preside over the ceremonies, which will include remarks from Sen. Gerald Dial, President Pro-Tem of the TROY Board of Trustees.
Troy University began offering courses in Vietnam in 2004. The first students graduated in 2008, making TROY the first U.S. university to award the baccalaureate degree in Vietnam. There are about 1,000 TROY graduates in Vietnam, including many rising leaders in business, government, military and education.
International partnerships like those in Vietnam have helped transform TROY into Alabama’s International University, Dr. Hawkins said.
“Life is about relationships, and today, Troy University has 135 international partnerships in 31 different countries,” Dr. Hawkins said. “I think it is critical that our students understand the world around them. Understanding precedes appreciation and it is through the appreciation of others and their cultures that strong and lasting relationships can be established. In this evolving world, the global village is where we all will live. We want our students to be globally aware, so they can, in turn, be globally competitive.”
Through its partner institutions, TROY currently offers two degree programs to local students in Vietnam: the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Twenty-seven degrees will be awarded on Oct. 28 during commencement ceremonies at the University of Economics & Business, Vietnam National University in Hanoi. All 27 graduates will receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in general business.
On Oct. 30, TROY will award bachelor degrees in business administration with a concentration in management to 24 students at ceremonies at Hanoi University of Science and Technology.
At Saigon Technology University on Nov. 1, TROY will award bachelor’s degrees in business administration to 16 graduates and bachelor’s degrees in computer science to four graduates.
More than 1,000 international students, representing 76 different countries, are enrolled on the Troy Campus, including about 85 students from Vietnam.