Skip to main content
The Development of Social Work in Vietnam: The Role of International Collaboration
Social Work Education: The International Journal (2010)
  • Alice M Hines, San Jose State University
  • Edward Cohen, San Jose State University
  • Tuan D Tran, San Jose State University
  • Peter A Lee, San Jose State University
  • Le V Phu, Vietnam National University
This paper explores the emergence of social work as a profession in Vietnam and the ways in which international collaboration can play a role in its development. The paper reviews the literature pertaining to the social issues that have accompanied recent rapid social and economic change in Vietnam. The authors then describe recent developments in social work and social work education in Vietnam in response to these emerging problems. The role of international collaboration is explored and examples of four recent collaborations are provided that illustrate exchanges of curriculum and related social work knowledge, capacity building, technical assistance, and teaching. Factors that influence successful international collaborations are delineated and conclusions about future opportunities for such collaborations in Vietnam are presented.
  • International social work,
  • Collaboration,
  • Social problems,
  • Emerging economies
Publication Date
Publisher Statement
This is an Author’s Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Work Education on November 5, 2010. The Version of Record is available online at

SJSU users: use the following link to login and access the article via SJSU databases.
Citation Information
Alice M Hines, Edward Cohen, Tuan D Tran, Peter A Lee, et al.. "The Development of Social Work in Vietnam: The Role of International Collaboration" Social Work Education: The International Journal Vol. 29 Iss. 8 (2010) p. 910 - 922
Available at: