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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.

Le Huyen

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.



Vietnam has huge potential for saving energy: experts

For a developing society and economy like Vietnam’s, energy is the engine behind growth, especially in post-pandemic recovery.

HCMC needs over US$3 bln for housing development

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has just reported to the Ministry of Construction on implementing the housing policy and real estate market in 2022.

Blockchain industry yearns for new talent

A serious shortage of personnel has become a bottleneck hindering the development of blockchain companies, even though Vietnam is among the top five countries globally in terms of blockchain tech.

Vietnam tops SEA Games 31 medal tally with 125 golds

Vietnam had claimed 125 gold, 76 silver and 74 bronze medals as of May 18 evening, the sixth official competition day of the ongoing SEA Games 31, retaining the top position in the medal table.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh concludes US trip

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his entourage arrived in Hanoi on May 19, successfully concluding their trip to the US to attend the ASEAN-US Special Summit, and to make visits to the US and the United Nations.

Raising the ‘Mekong river monster’, farmer pockets billions of dong

Ho fish (Catlocarpio siamensis), called the ‘Mekong river monster’, are being raised by farmers in cages on rivers in Vietnam.

Vietnam highlights vital importance of security and safety in East Sea

Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Deputy Minister of National Defense led a Vietnamese delegation to attend the ASEAN Defense Senior Officials' Meeting Plus (ADSOM Plus) held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 18.

Two scientists win Ta Quang Buu Award 2022

Specialized scientific councils agreed to nominate five out of 48 dossiers of applications for Ta Quang Buu Award 2022 and its awards for young scientists.

Incumbent, former science, health, securities officials disciplined

Disciplinary measures have been issued for current and former officials of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC) for previous wrongdoings.

45% of students have health problems while studying online

A recent survey found that 45 percent of students have had health problems after a long period of online study, according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET).

HCM City seeks permission to open casinos, admit people aged 18 and above

The HCM City People’s Committee has asked to allow it to open casinos at 5-star hotels, admitting people aged 18 or higher who have sufficient behavioral capacity and financial capability.


SEA Games 31: Vietnam defeat Myanmar in women’s football semifinal

Private banks coming strong against state-owned banks

For the very first time, a private bank has overtaken a state-owned bank in Vietnam in consolidated profits in the first quarter of the year.

More than 14 million people receive COVID-19 vaccine passports

The Ministry of Health announced that it has issued more than 14 million COVID-19 vaccine passports to the general public, a month from its official rollout on April 15.

The dreams of growth for Hanoi

In mid-October and early November 2021, when a lockdown was lifted, Hanoi’s leaders organized two dialogues with enterprises.