Students study at HCM City’s Ton Duc Thang University. Wider curriculum options this year will offer more choices for incoming freshmen in selecting their major. A number of universities were also co-operating with foreign universities to develop new training courses, according to Nguyen Thi Le Huong, deputy director of the Department of Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Education and Training, who noted that many of these programmes would be based on intenational academic standards and be taught in English by the foreign faculty.
VietNamNet Bridge – Incoming freshmen may have a wider option of majors this year as universities begin widening curriculum options.
Students would be able to earn degrees in four- or five-year programmes, issued by a Vietnamese university or its foreign partner institution, or both. Students with high scores on entrance exams would also qualify for Government assistance to pay tuition, Huong said.
Among the domestic universities offering new majors, according to Pham Tan Ha, vice head of the training unit of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, the university was asking the ministry to approve four new courses of study: Spanish Philosophy, Japan Studies, Korean Studies and Tourism.
The University of Forestry was offering a major in landscape design on a trial basis and would be allowing incoming freshmen to apply for the major this year. Pham Thi Huong, who is in charge of the pilot programme, said that many third-year students who had studied under the programme had received job offers.
Nuclear engineering, international communications and international business were among other new major offerings being developed by major universities in Ha Noi.
The International University was also planning to offer a new major in Systems - Industrial Technique as the course attracted a large number of students in 2009.
Meanwhile, the Ha Noi University of Medicine is planning to offer a new course in family medicine. Pham Nhat An, head of the Family Medicine Faculty, said that family doctors were very popular in many countries and that training more such physicians would help address the nation’s shortage of qualified doctors at the grassroots level.
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