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2. Participation Guidelines
Only officially accredited Canadian institutions and regionally accredited institutions in the US are eligible to participate. (Capstone is the only educational consulting company in Viet Nam that works exclusively with regionally accredited colleges and universities in the US, and officially accredited institutions in other countries.)
Institutions may be represented by two colleagues of their choosing. This means a total of three at your table, including your student assistant.
Each school will be assisted by a student volunteer, who will help to represent your school and facilitate communication with students and parents. You have the option of contacting your student volunteer(s) before you arrive. There is time set aside for you to meet with them before each fair. We are proud of our student volunteers, who have received consistently outstanding evaluations in each city over the years.
Dr. Mark Ashwill, managing director and co-founder, will conduct a country briefing to provide participants with relevant and useful information about local market conditions and trends. (We’re happy to send a PDF version to those colleagues who cannot attend.) To learn more about Dr. Ashwill’s background, have a look at this biographical sketch and read this 2017 interview entitled Capstone Vietnam: Why This Education Entrepreneur Is Excited About Vietnam’s Future.
High School Visits and Consular Briefing
Visits are arranged to high schools with sizable numbers of alumni who study overseas, including in Canada and the US.Consular briefings (US only) will be arranged in HCMC or Hanoi, if possible.
In addition to all of the above, Capstone hosts a group dinner in HCMC, and organizes an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An for those who participate in the Danang fair. Both are great opportunities to network in a relaxed setting and learn more about Vietnamese society and culture.
Capstone is happy to organize a post-fair trip to Halong Bay, another UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the wonders of the world, for colleagues who join the Haiphong fair.
You should obtain a business visa from the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in your country or one of its Consulates General with a letter of invitation from Capstone Vietnam that will be sent to you as part of the fair package after you register. Since you will be traveling to Viet Nam for official purposes and participating in public events, it’s important that you have a business visa.
Here’s what some colleagues have had to say about Capstone Vietnam and our fairs.
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 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!
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 conversation 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 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!
Assistant Director of Admission, Intercultural LEAD (I-LEAD) Fellowship Program Liaison
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University (Minnessota, 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, Orlando, FL, 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 will 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
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 Viet Nam. 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
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
I have spent a lot of time living and working in Asia, but this was my first experience recruiting in Viet Nam. 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
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, Lawrenceville, GA