VietNamNet Bridge – Not one single university in Vietnam is up to the standards required.
That was the view of Professor Pham Minh Hac, former Minister of Education and Training (MOET) and Member of the Appraisal Council. His verdict follows MOET inspections at 20 top Vietnamese universities.
The examination, conducted by MOET and foreign experts, showed no universities in Vietnam were up to scratch in terms of classrooms, laboratories or curriculums.
The Hanoi University of Technology, for example, is the first university in Vietnam to have an e-library. However, it still does not have enough computers for students.
The inspectors also found universities are seriously lacking lecturers. There are 1.7 million university students, 61,000 lecturers, including 320 professors (0.52 percent), 1,966 associate professors (3.21 percent), and 6,217 doctors (10.16 percent).
“The figures, which show the imbalance between the number of students and lecturers, show what the training quality would be,” Hac said.
“Our examination showed that most universities meet just 80 percent of standards, while three universities meet 50-60 percent only,” he added.
According to the draft report, of the 20 inspected, only 14 meet requirements on defining targets and missions and just eight meet requirements on organisation and management.
Meanwhile, students of all the 20 universities voiced dissatisfaction with training quality.
Dan Tri: What are do you think are the biggest problems for Vietnamese universities?
Pham Minh Hac: State owned universities have been funded by state budgets, but many have not developed well. One university only finished building its school headquarters after 15 years
Tuoi tre newspaper has reported that the Phan Thiet University, which has just been established and still does not have adequate material facilities, still can enroll students and it is going to start training with 750 students in the first year.
I cannot understand why the government management agency allows such a thing to happen.
Dan tri: What should we do to solve the problems?
Pham Minh Hac: The most worrying thing now is that state owned universities are spontaneously providing a lot of new training programmes, including in-service training courses. Higher education should mean training a high quality intelligent labour force.
I talked about the problem one month ago at the meeting of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children.
The Government now decides to open universities, while the Ministry of Education and Training decides the number of students, the opening of new options and curriculums. Meanwhile, people are the sufferers. Only the Government can settle the current problem.
VietNamNet/Dan tri, TP
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