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Hallmarks of Vietnam higher education 2021

Fake diploma puts former leader of Dong Do University in jail

In the last days of the year, several former leaders of Dong Do University were sentenced for granting hundreds of fake degrees to earn billions of VND. The former principal got 12 years in prison, and two vice principals were sentenced to 10 and 9 years in prison, respectively. The remaining seven people, who were former department heads and school officials, were sentenced to between 12 months and six years in prison.

For the first time, Vietnamese university enters world top 500

Giáo dục đại học 2021: Lần đầu vào top 500, 'chuẩn' tiến sĩ bị chê


In 2021, for the first time, Vietnam had two educational institutions in the top 500 in the world according to the THE 2022 rankings, namely Ton Duc Thang University and Duy Tan University, both based in HCM City.

In addition, 11 Vietnamese educational institutions entered the Asian university rankings, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS AUR). Particularly, Ton Duc Thang University ranked 142nd; Hanoi National University 147th; Ho Chi Minh City National University 179th, Duy Tan University 210th, and Hanoi University of Science and Technology in the 281-290 group.

Newly recruited pedagogical students provided 3.63 million VND/month

Giáo dục đại học 2021: Lần đầu vào top 500, 'chuẩn' tiến sĩ bị chê


In 2021, the education sector officially implemented Decree 116/2020/ND-CP of the Government. Accordingly, pedagogical students will be supported with tuition fees and living expenses. Besides the tuition fee, they will be granted 3.63 million VND/month to pay for living expenses during their study period.

Project 89 implemented 2.5 years after approval

In mid-May 2021, 2.5 years after being issued by the Government, the Ministry of Education and Training released a dispatch guiding the implementation of training of doctoral and master degree holders with budget capital in 2021 and 2022 under Project 89 "Improve the capacity of lecturers and managers of higher education institutions to meet the requirements of fundamental and comprehensive renovation of education and training in the period of 2019-2030".

Giáo dục đại học 2021: Lần đầu vào top 500, 'chuẩn' tiến sĩ bị chê


In just a short time, more than 2,500 lecturers registered to participate this project.

With some changes in the selection process and management mechanism, Project 89 is expected to overcome the limitations of Project 322 and Project 911.

However, while spending for one lecturer pursuing doctoral training overseas is expected to be as high as 3.5 billion VND/person, the estimated expenditures for those who pursue studies for doctoral and master degrees at home is said to be low, under a draft made by the Finance Ministry.

This raises concerns that domestic training institutions will find it difficult to attract talent.

'Standards' for doctoral training are criticized

In 2021, Circular 18 on doctoral training of the Ministry of Education and Training caused many controversies, mainly related to international publications. Previously, PhD trainees were required to have international publications, but now they only need three publications in domestic journals. The instructor also does not need to have international publications, but only two 'average' domestic publications in the last five years.

The new circular was issued when the number of doctoral enrollments had decreased markedly in the past four years.

However, many said that the Ministry of Education and Training had "lowered the standards" compared to the 2017 regulations, making Vietnam's doctorate standards lower than that of Thailand and Malaysia.

Studying online

Giáo dục đại học 2021: Lần đầu vào top 500, 'chuẩn' tiến sĩ bị chê


Online learning became increasingly familiar for Vietnamese students. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, universities switched to online teaching and exams.

Meanwhile, students from 20 universities could not graduate because of the pandemic.

In Ho Chi Minh City, a number of dormitories of universities became concentrated quarantine areas. Along with online learning, universities have invested heavily in digital transformation.

College benchmarks soar

Giáo dục đại học 2021: Lần đầu vào top 500, 'chuẩn' tiến sĩ bị chê

In 2021, 795,353 high-school students applied for university admission. Sixty-one candidates who had 29.5 out of 30 marks or more did not qualify for any of their applications. In particular, to be enrolled in three faculties of Hong Duc University (Thanh Hoa), Political Academy of the People's Public Security, and University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Hanoi National University), students must have a 30 - 30.5 mark. Thus, if a candidate gets a perfect score (30/30) without a priority, there is still a possibility of failure.

Problems with 'online learning'

Earlier this year, a lecturer at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology scolded his students for having "buffalo brains" during an online class, causing a stir on social media. After the incident, the college sent a letter asking the teacher to maintain the proper behavior of a lecturer.

The Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education apologized for a lecturer kicking students out of an online class.

And also, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, a student was naked and had sex with his girlfriend, but forgot to turn off the camera while studying online.

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University admission: schools prefer students with international certificates

University admission: schools prefer students with international certificates

More Vietnamese students are registering for exam preparation classes for international certificates as more universities now require the certificates.



Hanoi examines, revokes pending projects

Hanoi needs to remove barriers and obstacles preventing growth.

Trade remedies to Thai sugar boost domestic recovery

After the Vietnamese imposition of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, the volume of Thai sugar imported to Viet Nam hit a four-year low in Q1 of 2022, speeding up the recovery of domestic sugar.

Where to go and what to do in Hanoi for locals and tourists?

Famous tourist attractions in Hanoi and tours between the capital city and neighboring provinces will help turn the visits on the occasion of the 31st SEA Games into memorable experiences.

Lowering logistics costs key to competitiveness

Lowering logistics costs is key to increasing the competitiveness of Vietnam’s export products and the whole economy.

Banks urged to ‘sacrifice’ profit to rescue businesses

Many commercial banks have set high profit targets, which makes it difficult to reduce lending interest rates. However, there is still room for banks to cut interest rates if they can accept lower profits.

Vietnam eyes 15-day visa exemption from Russia

Vietnam's Trade Counsellor in Russia Duong Hoang Minh has proposed the Russian Government consider exempting visas for Vietnamese tourists for 15 days, in the context that it has exempted visas for visitors from Laos and Thailand for 30 days.

Pets banned on Hanoi pedestrian street

The walking of pets on Hoan Kiem pedestrian area in Hanoi will be entirely banned from May 27.

Doctors warn of ‘precocious puberty’ condition and parents’ misuse of medicine

Since 2003, nearly 3,000 children have been brought to the National Children’s Hospital to receive treatment related to precocious puberty, according to Nguyen Ngoc Khanh of the hospital’s Department of Endocrinology - Metabolism - Genetics.


SEA Games 31: Swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang shines with two more golds for Vietnam on May 19

USAID helps ease congestion at Cat Lai container port

The USAID and the General Department of Vietnam Customs unveiled an action plan comprising of 21 solutions aimed at improving the operational efficiency of Cat Lai container port, during a workshop held on May 19 in HCM City.

Former Deputy Health Minister gets four years in jail in fake medicine case

Former Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong was given four years in jail in the first-instance trial of the case relating to the trading of counterfeit medicine labelled as Health 2000 Canada.

HCM City real estate: more high-end property, but fewer affordable products

For high-end large-scale projects and developers with projects that need to borrow capital, HCM City People’s Committee believes that it’s necessary to strengthen supervision over the granting of credit.

Korea resumes granting visas to Vietnamese tourists

The Republic Korea (RoK)’s Ministry of Justice announced on May 19 the issuance of tourist visas for international travelers, including Vietnamese visitors.

SSC officials disciplined in move to ‘clean’ the stock market

The Central Inspection Commission has announced the expulsion of Le Hai Tra, General Director of the HCM City Stock Exchange (HOSE), and has disciplined a number of leaders and former leaders of the State Securities Commission (SSC).

Vietnam retains top place, exceeds set targets at SEA Games 31

Athletes scored 22 more golds for Vietnam on May 19, helping the hosts to maintain their top place in the medal table and exceed their set target of winning 140 gold medals.