Here’s what some colleagues have had to say about Capstone Vietnam and our fairs.
The Capstone student recruitment fair was an excellent opportunity to introduce San Francisco Christian School to a good group of qualified and motivated students. The event was extremely well-organized, publicized, and supported by the Capstone team. We look forward to attending future events and forging a long term relationship with Capstone as a major part of our marketing plan in Vietnam.
San Francisco Christian School
MTSU participated in the Capstone Vietnam virtual Fall (2020) Flex Fairs in five Vietnamese cities in November. These were the first hybrid type virtual fairs that I have done. The format included an MTSU representative on site, a designated translator in the Capstone office, and me, an international student recruiter, on my laptop in Tennessee. Previously, I had done only in person or all online virtual fairs. This format provided the best of both virtual and in person representation. The Capstone assigned representative and translator was outstanding. They were very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and eager to promote my university. Moreover, the format was easy to use and glitch free. The Capstone staff gave excellent customer service and assistance in building the virtual booths, uploading the required documents, and answering all my questions. After the fair, we were also given important and targeted diagnostics which enabled me to follow up on all the visitors to our booth and all the student participants in the virtual fair. These valuable leads will prove invaluable to our outreach strategy for Vietnamese students. The quality of the prospective students was also excellent. I found them to be very serious, well-qualified, knowledgeable about the US higher education system, and confident to ask the right questions. They seemed to know exactly what they wanted from a US American degree.
I’ve participated in over 30 virtual fairs all around the world this year, and I can say with certainty that the Capstone Vietnam organization is superior. They offer excellent customer service, great access to well-qualified students, and a true commitment to international education. I am grateful to have found such a great partner in Vietnam to promote my university. Please do contact me if you need further information
John Wilson, Ed.D.,
International Student Recruiter,
Middle Tennessee State University (Tennessee, USA)
I have been delighted to work directly with Capstone Vietnam for the past three years, though their relationship with my college has existed much longer. As an agency, they are relationship focused, transparent, caring and highly ethical. It is very clear they are invested in educating HEIs about trends and best practices in the region and will offer any support services needed for HEIs to be successful (they’ll even take you to the pharmacy if you find yourself in need!).
Capstone has sent us several of our top students from Vietnam, and as a true testament to their great work, we will be receiving the younger sibling of one of our Capstone graduates next quarter—nothing speaks to real, long-term family satisfaction as much as sending another child.
I feel very confident in recommending Capstone to HEIs that are interested in building their portfolio in Vietnam. I also welcome people to reach out if they want more in depth feedback. I certainly have many more good things to say.
Lisa A. Maroni,
Senior Associate Director, International Outreach,
Shoreline Community College (Washington, USA)
This fall’s Capstone Education Fair series was excellent, as usual! The fairs were well organized and well attended, and I’m always amazed at the huge number of well-trained student volunteers who help with interpreting and other logistics—they really do a great job. The Capstone staff are enjoyable to travel with, and I am looking forward to my next trip to Vietnam with Capstone!
Former Associate Director, International Admissions, Office of International Students and Scholars,
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota, USA)
I really enjoy the Capstone events; all the school visits and fairs are well-organized. I met many qualified students. Capstone provides both university reps and students/parents a wonderful opportunity to have long and great conversations instead of counting the number of students we talk to each day. Capstone staff are experienced and student assistants are so helpful during the fairs.
International Admissions Counselor Stony Brook University (New York, USA)
Thank you so much for all your hard work, your flexibility and diligence in pulling together everything for a very successful recruitment event.
It was an absolute pleasure working with your professional, dedicated and client-focused team in September of 2019 in Vietnam. Our several event days flowed smoothly and a number of guests remarked how much attention to detail there was, from the moment they walked into our rooms.
I want to say a big thank you for your efforts and amazing assistance to Pures College by the Capstone team. I am glad I have been able to work with individuals who were so determined and committed to making this event a success. I do hope we will meet again soon.
Overseas Marketing and Recruitment Manager,
Pures College of Technology (Ontario, Canada)
Mark A. Ashwill and the Capstone Vietnam staff are phenomenal!!! They go above and beyond with their professionalism, their communication and follow-up and, most important and impressive to me, their hospitality! My institutions and I have participated in Vietnam recruiting trips with Capstone Vietnam now for the past two years and they have been nothing but the best experiences for me. My institutions and I look forward to hopefully many more years of partnership with Capstone and helping give prospective Vietnamese students and families the best and most accurate information to help them make a very important decision! I have nothing but positive things to say about Capstone Vietnam, Mark and the Capstone staff. They are truly wonderful to work with!
Former Assistant Director of Admission, Intercultural LEAD (I-LEAD) Fellowship Program Liaison,
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University (Minnesota, USA)
Deciding what country to invest costly recruitment efforts in is always a risk. And personally, traveling to a new country can be tough. Mark Ashwill and his Capstone staff alleviated that travel stress and affirmed our decision to invest in Vietnamese student recruitment with a detailed pre-communication plan and an organized approach to recruitment visits. With only one trip with Capstone, we are optimistic our Vietnamese student enrollment will increase.
Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management,
Carson-Newman University (Tennessee, USA)
Capstone Vietnam organizes the best U.S. college tour in Vietnam. They cater to universities and community colleges and have many years of experience. Their knowledge of the market is unlike any other company in the region. I recommend using their services if you want to find high-quality Vietnamese students for your institution.
Managing Director, International Student Recruitment & Global Engagement,
Valencia College, (Florida, USA)
After participating in Capstone’s four-city Vietnamese student recruitment tour, one can’t help but be impressed. From the leadership team of Mark Ashwill and Hang Pham, to the coordinators and student translators, they were all friendly, caring, and professional. Capstone’s ability to network and effectively bring large numbers of Vietnamese students to the recruiting events was impressive. Their ability to use a warm, personal touch to create a feeling of excitement about the idea of studying in the U.S. was exceptional. I was so impressed when the Vietnamese students walked into the recruiting events --- they were well briefed on the benefits of studying in the U.S. and they were already excited to enroll in our University. If you are charged with recruiting high-quality Vietnamese students to your institution, I have no doubt that Capstone will do a terrific job to help you achieve your goals. As an organization that not only knows how to connect higher education with high-quality students, but also knows how to graciously host Americans in an exotic and wonderful country, I give Capstone my highest recommendation.
A. Keith Dils, Ed.D.,
Dean, College of Education, Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania, USA)
We have worked with Capstone Vietnam over the past several years. They are exceptional partners in helping our college establish a strong presence in Vietnam. Their knowledge and understanding of the Vietnamese market and educational system has greatly supported our efforts to increase enrollments from Vietnam. Thank you, Capstone!
Diana Sampson, former Executive Director, International Education,
Shoreline Community College (Washington, USA)
I have been working with Capstone Vietnam since its inception. Capstone’s professional way of doing business, the immense knowledge of the U.S. higher education system that their staff possess and the incredibly successful fairs they organize are the reasons Edmonds Community College has participated in all of their events related to studying in the United States.
Director of International Student Recruitment,
Edmonds Community College (Washington, USA)
Capstone provides excellent service to both potential U.S. international students and the schools that attend their fairs. It's clear Capstone knows how to attract authentic prospective students. Excellent planning, training of staff and volunteers, outreach and follow-up.
California State University-East Bay
I was very pleased by both the quantity and quality of the students I spoke with at the Capstone Vietnam fairs. Five students completed applications as a result of the fairs and I have corresponded with several fair participants by email. I look forward to working with Capstone Vietnam again in the future.
Former Manager of International Admissions
Columbia College (Missouri, USA)
I have spent a lot of time living and working in Asia, but this was my first experience recruiting in Vietnam. I am very happy I joined the Capstone Vietnam recruiting tour. The in-depth knowledge and understanding that Capstone staff brought to and shared with the group was a great way to get introduced to the students, the schools and the educational system there. They provided a great infrastructure for us. I visited a lot of schools and talked to a lot of students I would not have been in touch with otherwise. It was educational, and even fun!
Associate Director/International Enrollment,
Rochester Institute of Technology/RIT (New York, USA)
Capstone Vietnam is a recruitment agency like no other I've used: diligent, professional, and ethical. It's more than getting payment; it's also ensuring my institution and the student are good fits for each other. They achieve this goal by investing significantly in educating their clients--the recruiters and the students. Capstone Vietnam is an agency I can trust.
Director, Office of Internationalization, Professor of English for Academic Purposes,
Georgia Gwinnett College (Georgia, USA)
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