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Snapshot

Minimum GPA: 2.80

Terms and Dates:

  • Winter 2021

Advisor:

Donna Ramil

Cornell Affiliations:

Industrial and Labor Relations

Overview

Opportunity Description

Note: Due to the global pandemic this program will be held in a virtual format this winter break.

The ILR International Programs Office and the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution are offering a virtual winter break Engaged Learning (EL) opportunity Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam.   The focus of the program will be in the area of labor relations and conflict resolution and will be Art Wheaton, of the Scheinman Institute, The Worker Institute at Cornell and the Cornell in Buffalo Office. Donna Ramil, the Associate Director of the ILR International Programs Office, will serve as the administrative and engaged learning leads for the program. 

What is unique about this program?

Students will learn about labor relations and dispute resolution with peers from the School of Labor & Human Resources at Ton Duc Thang University (see website: https://laborrelations.tdtu.edu.vn/en).

The approximate program dates will be from January 11-24th, 2021.  Currently, ILR and TDTU leads are working on the details but students must be available during the entire time frame—no exceptions.

For the first week of the program, students will hear lectures from Vietnamese and US experts on various labor relations topics.  Students can expect 1-2 lectures and a group discussion each day, followed by off-line assignments to prepare for the next day. Due to the time difference between the US and Vietnam and the availability of the speakers, the times for the lecture will not be available until later. 

For the second week of the program, ILR and TDTU students will take part in a certificate course led by Art Wheaton on Effective Communication.  During the course, the students will work in teams where they will focus on the topics delivered by the speakers in the previous week and present on the topics.  After successfully completing the program, students will receive a certificate from the ILR Worker Institute.

During the  program ILR students will select a research topic that they will complete during the spring semester in a post-experience Directed Study.

A sample of potential research projects includes:

  • Labor Implications of international trade agreements
  • Human resources strategy at foreign investment enterprises
  • Dispute resolution in Vietnam
  • Wildcat strikes in the global supply chain
  • State-controlled trade union (VGCL)
  • Minimum wage policy (MWP) in a developing country
  • Monitoring the Codes of Social Responsibility
  • Role of the International Labor organization (ILO) in Southeast Asia
  • The impact of the Me Too Movement on Vietnamese women in the labor force

To learn more about recent trip experiences see the Vietnam blog.

Program Timeline

Fall 2020

Students are REQUIRED to take part in 4-5 pre-departure meetings, beginning in late October (the meetings will be planned around students’ schedules).   The meetings will cover a mix of topics to prepare students academically, personally and culturally for the winter break virtual program.

Spring 2021

Students selected to the program will be enrolled in a 1 or 2 credit directed study project, co-supervised by an ILR faculty member and Art Wheaton.  Students will be required to submit a final academic reflection based their in-country experience and research focus (will determined based on students’ interests).

How do I apply?

1) Review the program Requirements.

2) If possible, attend the info session or meet with the program advisor (Donna Ramil, dmr47@cornell.edu) to discuss the program details and your eligibility.

3) Complete the online application by clicking on the "Apply" button on this web page. Note that the term is "Winter 2021". You must log in with your NetID and password to access the application.

VIETNAM IS AN EMERGING ECONOMY AND COUNTRY WITH DIFFERENT CULTURAL BEHAVIORS.  TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU MUST ACCEPT AND RESPECT DIFFERENCES! THE VIRTUAL FORMAT IS NEW FOR THIS PROGRAM AND DETAILS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, THUS STUDENTS MUST FLEXIBLE AND OPEN TO CHANGES.

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS NOT A FIT FOR EVERYONE.