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Snapshot

Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Winter 2023

Advisor:

Donna Ramil

Cornell Affiliations:

Industrial and Labor Relations

Overview

Opportunity Description

The Info Session will be held on 

Tues, Sept 27, 2022

at 4:30 in Ives 116

In-person or  Via Zoom (Must register if attending virtually--email cct48@cornell.edu)

https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlc-6gqTgsHNSA_beto1rDlsPfAH2vWhm9

 

 

NOTE--only ILR undergraduate students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Labor Relations are eligible for this program.

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 engaged learning and labor relations & conflict resolution.  Donna Ramil, the Associate Director of the ILR International Programs Office, will serve as the administrative and engaged learning lead for the program and will travel with students to Vietnam, while Richard Fincher (ILR'73), the Executive Director of the Asia Labor Arbitration Project (ALAP) in Scheinman will serve as a faculty advisor in the US.

What is unique about this program?

The ILR School and the Labor School at TDTU have engaged since January 2015, making this a unique opportunity for cross-culturally learning by students studying similar academic topics in their respective institutions.  ILR 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 in January 2-17, 2023.  Details will be shared with the students who are selected.  Note that students must be available for the duration of the program with NO EXCEPTIONS.  

Students will live on the TDTU campus and attend daily lecture delivered but TDTU faculty and practitioners in the field of labor relations.   In addition, ILR and TDTU students will have the opportunity to visit cultural sites in Ho Chi Minh City and, if possible, the Mekong River.  In past years, we have arranged for a factory visit which we hope to offer again in 2023. 

For the second week of the program, during the evening, ILR and TDTU students will take part in a debate workshop to practice and learn negotiation strategies.  This is an opportunity for students in a unique learning and cross-cultural activity. 

During the program ILR students will select a research topic that they will complete during the spring semester.   This is a required part of the program that is credit-bearing for a grade (further details will be provided). 

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 2022

Students are REQUIRED to take part in 4-5 pre-departure meetings, beginning in mid-November (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 program.

January 2023 (Winter break)

Spring 2022

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 Richard Fincher.  Students will be required to submit a final academic reflection based their in-country experience and research focus (will determined based on students’ interests).  We are currently developing the course and will provide details in January. 

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 (opens on Sept 23) by clicking on the "Apply" button on this web page. Note that the term is "Winter 2022". You must log in with your NetID and password to access the application.

VIETNAM IS AN EMERGING ECONOMY AND COUNTRY WITH DIFFERENT CULTURAL VALUES AND BELIEFS.  TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU MUST ACCEPT AND RESPECT DIFFERENCES AND UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM IS ACADEMIC AND CROSS-CULTURAL LEARNING--THIS IS NOT A WINTER BREAK VACATION.  FLEXIBILITY, OPENNESS TO CHANGES, MATURITY AND ADAPTABILITY ARE REQUIRED. STUDENTS SELECTED TO THE PROGRAM WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN ILR CODE OF CONDUCT.

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS NOT A FIT FOR EVERYONE.