Local firms seek overseas Vietnamese candidates at NY meet

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VietAbroader, a non-profit organization that comprises the largest network of Vietnamese students and alumni in the US, is bringing its career conference to the US this year to connect them with companies back home.

More than 20 organizations have signed up to participate in the conference scheduled for April 24-25 at the New York

University's School of Law. It is co-sponsored by Vietnam Mission to the United Nations (UN).

Prominent speakers at the conference will include Ambassador Le Luong Minh from the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the UN and Professor Regina Abrami of the Harvard Business School.

Organizers say the idea to bring the career conference to the US came at a time when an increasing number of young Vietnamese professionals are looking toward home for opportunities in a growing economy amidst the global crisis.

Khang Nguyen, co-chair of the conference and a Princeton graduate, said the organizers have received about 250 applicants but only 150 were accepted.

"These candidates share one thing in common: a passion to return to Vietnam," he said.

Founded in March 2004 and approved by the US Department of Education, VietAbroader has a network of about 18,000 registered members in Vietnam and abroad.

The organization is well-known for organizing study abroad conferences for Vietnamese students and facilitating dialogues between local businesses and Vietnamese young professionals.

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