World Bank funds US$155 Million to Support Autonomous Higher Education in Việt Nam

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Update: May, 16/2017 – 18:00

A World Bank project will support the financing of new facilities and equipment for teaching and research.—VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News WASHINGTON — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today US$155 million in financing to strengthen the research, teaching, and institutional capacity of three universities and improve the management of Việt Nam’s higher education system.

More than 150,000 students and 3,900 members of faculty will benefit from the investments for Việt Nam’s National University of Agriculture, the University of Science and Technology in Hà Nội, and the Industry University of Hồ Chí Minh City. Some 600,000 students and 27,000 lecturers from other higher education institutions will also gain access to a digital library at the National Economics University.

“Việt Nam’s gains in higher education are evident in the numbers: 17 times more students enrolled since 1991,” says Ousmane Dione, the World Bank Country Director for Việt Nam.

“But Việt Nam needs stronger growth in labour productivity and further significant shifts of the workforce to more productive sectors. Addressing this challenge requires different skills sets and competencies and further strengthening the access to, and quality of higher education. This is at the core of what this project aims to achieve,” he added.

The project will support the financing of new facilities and equipment for teaching and research, as well as the strengthening management systems.

Additional objectives of the project include support for the strengthening of the key components of higher education – such as the national accreditation system – as well as efforts to share the lessons learned by the beneficiary universities.

The International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for low income countries, will provide US$155 million to the US$174 million project, with the Vietnamese Government providing the remaining funds.—VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

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 dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). 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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