Rector of Can Tho University Ha Thanh Toan (R) presents a gift to visiting Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – Kazuyuki Nakane, visiting Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the country will support Can Tho University to upgrade itself via its two existing projects that aim to turn the facility into an international university by 2020. At a meeting on August 11 with leaders of Can Tho University in the Mekong Delta city of the same name, Nakane expressed his confidence in the establishment’s growth and educational quality. He said Japan will support Can Tho University in its two projects on upgrading itself and technical support. In the former project, the facility will receive training, scientific research, and technology transfer assistance in agriculture, fishery, and environment. The latter project will see support in forms of training capacity building in the three sectors; 19 training courses … [Read more...] about Japan commits to supporting Can Tho University
Webometrics ranking of world university
VietNamNet Bridge - Educators agree that Vietnam’s universities need to be accredited, but they have not reached a consensus on how it should be done. There are 16 university ranking organizations, including the four most prestigious – THE (Times High Education), QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities), and Webometrics (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities). According to Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc, none of the rankings is ‘perfect’ and Vietnam needs to use the one suited to it. ARWU, for example, attaches importance to scientific articles published in international journals. QS doesn’t put much emphasis on articles, but pays attention to comments by experts and society. Agreeing with Phuc, deputy director of the Hanoi National University Nguyen Huu Duc said that ARWU and THE are not suited to most universities in Asia and developing countries. The weak point of Vietnamese … [Read more...] about University accreditation: ‘a game of the rich’?
The current status of Vietnamese universities In the conference, Ms. Mandy Mok, CEO of QS Asia, Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd., presented the Asian University Ranking of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), one of the leading organizations in education rankings. According to this list, Vietnam at the moment has six positions in the Asian Top 400, namely Vietnam National University, Hanoi; Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City; Can Tho University; Hue University; Hanoi University of Technology; Da Nang University of Technology. The aim of the MOET is that in 2020, Vietnam will have more than 10 universities in the Asian Top 400 list, about 1 or 2 universities in the Asian Top 100, and about 1 or 2 universities in the World Top 1000. It is also the target that in 2025, some Vietnamese universities are able to enter the World Top 500. In the viewpoint of Professor Doctor Nguyen Huu Duc, Principal of Vietnam National University Hanoi, out of the 11,900 universities in Asia, Top 400 accounts for … [Read more...] about Vietnam aiming to have higher position in world university rankings
Vietnam's first university ranking has been compiled by a group of independent experts who based their findings mainly on the scientific research the schools produce. Vietnam National University Hanoi topped the list of 49 schools based on three criteria: scientific research, education quality, and infrastructure and management, with the first two accounting for 80 percent of the scores. The school is currently ranked 1,507th by Webometrics, a website that ranks universities around the world. Ton Duc Thang in Ho Chi Minh City finished second and surprised many experts as it has only been open for 20 years. The rest of the top five was made up of Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Da Nang University and Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City. The country’s leading medical schools in HCMC and Hanoi claimed 18th and 20th positions. The Foreign Trade University, a highly selective school and widely considered one of the best in Vietnam, only managed … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s first university ranking throws up some surprises
However, to successfully implement the policy of comprehensively renovating the education sector, a range of problems need to be resolved, particularly by reforming examinations and enrollment at all levels and ensuring the effective deployment of improved personnel training programmes to meet the needs of national socioeconomic development. Examinations and enrollment have yet to meet expectations 2016 is the second year the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has organised the national high school exam towards efficiency and reducing the pressure on students and their families, as well as the burden on society. The exam has two purposes: evaluating prospective high school graduates based on their exam results and using such results for university and college admissions. There were 120 exam venues, including 70 hosted by universities and colleges and 50 by local Departments of Education and Training, for a total of 887,404 registered candidates to sit their exams this year. This … [Read more...] about The education sector and comprehensive reform efforts