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Vietnam Public Policy Program

A critical participant in Vietnam’s policy dialogue, informing the country’s ongoing reform process

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Established in 1988, the Vietnam Public Policy Program is a recognized leader in the study of Vietnam’s political and economic development. Through a combination of teaching in Vietnam, research, and policy advising, the program is an influential participant in Vietnam’s policy dialogue, informing Vietnam’s ongoing reform process.

Research

The Vietnam Public Policy Program engages with dilemmas that are central to the broader study and practice of development. Improving the governance of public and private institutions is an important part of the economic development equation. Because of the primacy of governance to the challenges confronting Vietnam and other developing countries, the program engages in an ongoing and dynamic interchange with the other initiatives of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia.

Fulbright University Vietnam Partnership

The Vietnam Program was an integral part in the creation of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP) commonly known as the Fulbright School. FETP started as a partnership between the Vietnam Program and the University of Economics-Ho Chi Minh City in 1994. Now known as the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, the school has evolved into a leading center of public policy teaching and research offering a Master’s of Public Policy (MPP) — the first degree program of its kind in Vietnam — and executive training programs for senior officials. Today, the school is a part of the emerging Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), Vietnam’s first independent university not for profit university. The Vietnam Public Policy Program continues to facilitate scholarly exchanges between Harvard, the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, and the broader Fulbright University.

Meet the Team


David Dapice
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David Dapice

Senior Economist, Vietnam Public Policy Program

Hien Le
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Hien Le

Program Manager, Vietnam Public Policy Program

Thomas Vallely
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Thomas Vallely

Senior Advisor, Mainland Southeast Asia

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