Vietnamese students learn how to be good citizens through BenCares

Vietnamese students learn how to be good citizens through "BenCares"
December 9, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University students learn how to use their education not just for their own benefit, but for the sake of others.

Students enrolled in Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at University of Economics and Business - Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi are learning the same lesson.

Benedictine University's Asia Institute has established a program called "BenCares Project Vietnam." The program is designed to help students learn about social responsibility and giving back. The program is for graduating students in the M.B.A. program at VNU.

"The program helps the students understand what the Benedictine values mean and how important community is," said Elsie Yuan, director of the Asia Institute at Benedictine University. "It is our hope that the program will build lasting connections between the students and a better relationship with the local community there."

Students in the M.B.A. program at VNU are organized into "learning teams." They progress through the program at the same rate. As they approach graduation, the learning team – usually about 25-30 students – is broken into smaller groups. Each smaller group works on a proposal for a project that will help a local community organization.

"Each team is asked to identify a need, and make a case for supporting that organization," Yuan said.

Each team is required to research potential beneficiaries of a donation provided by Vietnam program manager Hinh Nguyen, director of the Asia Faculty Center John Carroll and Benedictine University. The teams determine where the donation will achieve the greatest impact and explain their evaluation process for making the recommendation.

The proposals are presented to a panel at VNU, which selects the top two proposals. The winning program is selected by Benedictine University officials. A donation is made in the name of the graduating class and Benedictine University.

"These students will be future business and government leaders and should learn the importance of being a good citizen," Yuan said.

"We also hope the program helps students touch people's lives," Yuan said.

The Asia Institute at Benedictine University was established to help meet the demand for western-based business programs that prepare students to participate in the global economy. Benedictine has forged partnerships with two universities in China – Shenyang University of Technology (SUT) and Shenyang Jianzu University (SJZU) – and two in Vietnam – Binh Duong University in Ho Chi Minh City and University of Economics and Business - Vietnam National University in Hanoi.

"The world is getting smaller and the need for cooperation is growing larger," said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. "We and our partners seek to provide students with the skills and knowledge that will help create a new era of understanding and cooperation, as well as equip them with the skills needed to be successful in their chosen careers."

For more information about the Asia Institute or Benedictine University's partnerships in China and Vietnam, contact the Asia Institute by e-mail at asiainstitute@ben.edu, by phone at (630) 829-1159, by fax at (630) 829-6242 or by mail at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Scholl Hall, Room 124A, Lisle, IL 60532.  



Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.