Over two decades ago, Dr. Binh Tran returned to her home country to help provide educational opportunities to young people. Out of that desire came the APU International School - a leading K-12 institution with campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.
Building on the success of APU, a long process began with the goal of creating the first American-styled university in Vietnam.
The American University in Vietnam (AUV) received an investment license in 2009 and the groundbreaking ceremony for campus was in September 2010. AUV then partnered with the University of Missouri Kansas City, California State University, State University of New York, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Wentworth Institute of Technology, and other elite American colleges and universities to continue growing.
Along with an International Advisory Board of US educators, AUV established a focus in areas of art, science, and medicine.
With support from the leadership of MOET, DaNang city, and others, AUV received approval from the government in 2015 for courses and degrees to begin in fall of 2016. The American University in Vietnam now offers a variety of general education courses, with degrees in business, marketing, management, hospitality, communication and computer science. In the future, AUV plans to offer degrees in pre-medicine, health sciences, engineering and other disciplines.