“We’re very excited that…the new Fulbright University Vietnam will open in Ho Chi Minh City — this nation’s first independent, non-profit university — where there will be full academic freedom and scholarships for those in need.


Students, scholars, researchers will focus on public policy and management and business; on engineering and computer science; and liberal arts —  everything from the poetry of Nguyen Du, to the philosophy of Phan Chu Trinh, to the mathematics of Ngo Bao Chau…”

President Barack Obama, Hanoi, May 24, 2016


Fulbright University Vietnam USA (“FUV USA”) is a US 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation located in Needham, Massachusetts on the campus of the Olin College of Engineering. Our mission is to build, steward, and govern Fulbright University Vietnam, Vietnam’s first private, nonprofit university. Incorporate in 2012 as the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam, in 2020 we rebranded as Fulbright University Vietnam USA to highlight our singular focus on building Fulbright into a world-class apex university.


Our Governing Board brings leadership and strategic vision to the Fulbright University Vietnam.

Resource Mobilization

We mobilize financial resources for Fulbright from public and private donors. Learn how you can support Fulbright University Vietnam.


As Fulbright University Vietnam’s US office, we facilitate linkages between the university and American collaborators. Learn more about Fulbright University Vietnam’s US partners.

  • 1990

    1990 - 

    Harvard University Vietnam Program pursues policy dialog with Vietnamese leadership.

  • 1991

    1991 - 

    Fulbright Scholarship Program established.

  • 1992

    1992 - 

    Senators John McCain and John Kerry work towards the normalization of US-Vietnam relations.

  • 1994

    1994 - 

    Fulbright Economics Teaching Program established.

  • 1995

    1995 - 

    US-Vietnam relations reestablished.

  • 2007

    2007 - 

    FETP launches Vietnam’s first master’s in public policy program.

  • 2012

    2012 - 

    Trust for University Innovation Vietnam (now FUV USA) incorporated.

  • 2014

    2014 - 

    US Congress directs remaining Vietnam Debt Repayment Fund funds to Fulbright.

  • 2015

    2015 - 

    Vietnamese government endorses Fulbright University Vietnam, grants 15 hectares of land in the Saigon High-Tech Park.

  • 2016

    2016 - 

    President Barack Obama announces the establishment of Fulbright University Vietnam.

  • 2018

    2018 - 

    Fulbright launches Co-Design Year as undergraduate program prototype.

  • 2019

    2019 - 

    Inaugural freshman class (Class of 2023) matriculates.

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