Trương Nguyện Thành. — Photo Hoa Sen University A professor at Hoa Sen University in HCM City who shot to fame when he taught a class on innovation wearing a pair of shorts has come up short at the hand of some bureaucrats’ rigid interpretation of regulations. The professor, also famous for encouraging students to think outside the box, was chosen to fill the vacant position of the university’s chancellor by its board of directors, but the municipal education department vetoed the move, citing a “lack of experience”. Dr. Trương Nguyện Thành has since decided to part ways with the university, returning to a position he held earlier in a prestigious school in the United States. The relevant rule being cited from the Law on Higher Education says that a candidate must hold a doctoral degree and have at least five years of experience in a management position, either as faculty dean or the head of a … [Read more...] about Do we want to reverse or advance our brain drain?
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Brain drain hinders emerging nations (16-08-2007) Businesses in many developing countries struggle with a lack of highly-skilled staff, including IT experts. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh HCM CITY—A brain drain is facing developing countries as their nationals go abroad and then stay abroad, said participants at an education seminar held by the Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) in HCM City on Tuesday. Thirty-three per cent of foreign students attending universities in the United States sought to resettle in other countries rather than returning to their homeland, according to a survey conducted by the World Bank in 2000. That means a huge loss of investment toward their education for their home country in financial terms and human resources. Tran Ba Viet Dung, head of Viet Nam’s Ministry of Education and Training’s International Relations Department, said Viet Nam’s open door policy on university education had made it … [Read more...] about Brain drain hinders emerging nations
Outlook (12-01-2007) Developing nations look to stop brain drain by Nguyen Thu Hang Many countries around the world are now facing a huge brain drain of highly skilled professionals to well-paid jobs in developed countries. One of the worst affected sectors is healthcare, an area in which developing countries are struggling to keep professionals at home and encourage others to return. The massive outflow of nurses, midwives and doctors from poorer to wealthier countries is one of the most difficult challenges posed by international migration, according to the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) annual report. Skilled women and men are increasingly turning to migration as a means of improving their lives and that of their families, the report said. The brain drain adds considerably to the woes of healthcare systems in poor countries, where healthcare is collapsing and unable to meet massive public needs. The outflow of doctors and nurses aggravates this situation. Global … [Read more...] about Developing nations look to stop brain drain
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about the brain drain in their home countries and the situation in Viet Nam. They were also welcomed to share experiences on how to attract more talented people to return to work after their graduation. Here are some of the comments. Audrey Horne, American, Ha Noi I'm an American citizen who uprooted her life to live and work in Viet Nam. I can certainly understand the appeal of moving to a foreign country for an education or employment opportunity. In today's globalised world, people can move freely and more easily than ever before in history. The opportunities and options seem boundless, which unfortunately poses a problem for governments that want their citizens to return home after spending a year or two abroad. The brain drain Viet Nam faces is an inevitable outcome of the disparity between developed and developing nations. I came to Viet Nam for the adventure and learning experience of getting to know another culture, but I will … [Read more...] about No easy solution to plugging ‘brain drain’ from Viet Nam
Vietnamese enterprises may well face a shortage of mid-level personnel from the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), according to a report released recently by Navigos Search and its parent group, en world group, focusing on Vietnamese, Thai, and Singaporean candidates. Forty-eight per cent of Vietnamese respondents to the survey said they would move to their chosen country if they have the opportunity, compared to 32 per cent and 40 per cent for Thai and Singaporean respondents, respectively. Although this data is from a survey conducted on a company-level scale, it anticipates a mid-term prospect where once Vietnamese mid-level candidates are confident and ready to look for job opportunities in regional countries, enterprises in Vietnam may have face a shortage of such candidates with the requisite expertise and experience. On the one hand, the readiness of mid-level Vietnamese personnel to work in regional countries and to settle in their chosen … [Read more...] about “Brain drain” a problem from AEC