University education lags behind due to poor training quality

Last update 07:20 | 23/01/2017
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Education experts said they see problems in the structure and scale of majors. Most schools have become multidisciplinary, and therefore, are compared to ‘supermarkets’ where there are only ‘salable goods’.

According to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the majors related to business and management are favored most by schools. There are 403 such majors.

Less favorite are education & training (363), humanity (280), technology (232), computing & information technology (150). Meanwhile, there are only 116 majors related to agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, 47 production & processing, social services (16) and transport services (12).

About 133 schools provide training in management and business, 116 schools have computing and information technology faculties, and 85 schools are polytechnic institutions.

Universities are focusing on enrolling students in majors which are easy to teach and learn and do not require high investments in facilities and laboratories.

Only 30 schools provide training in natural sciences, 39 schools in life sciences, 46 in social sciences, and 34 in agriculture, forestry & aquaculture. Only 17 schools provide training in law.

As for junior colleges (3 year training), 249 schools provide training in hot majors such as management & business and 208 train in computing and information technology.

An expert said that it is now easy to enroll students in training majors while the costs are lower than other majors.

A report from the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, the Youth and Children showed that training establishments don’t conduct thorough surveys on training demand and don’t provide training services based on information about the labor market.

In other words, schools ‘provide what they have, not what society needs’.

MOET has issued warnings about the excessive supply of graduates in finance and business administration sectors. However, schools still rush to enroll students for the majors.

Business-related training majors organized at junior colleges account for 21.5 percent of the total number of training majors.

No motivation for schools to improve training quality

Prof Nguyen Thien Tong commented that Vietnam’s university education is weak at organization. There are schools called ‘universities’ though they have small scale equal to one faculty only.

“I think it would be better to merge many private and small schools into one academy for easier management,” he said.

“There are many privately run schools set up by investors with powerful financial capability, but limited organization capability,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dam Quang Minh, former rector of FPT University, commented that while the number of students has been increasing rapidly, the lecturer staff has not increased proportionally. As a result, universities are facing a serious shortage of lecturers.

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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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