1/ On December 22, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) announced that 32 textbooks for first graders had been chosen for the new generation education program. This includes 24 textbooks of the Vietnam Education Publishing House.




The national councils for examining textbooks for first graders set up by MOET’s minister worked in July-October to consider the draft textbooks from publishing houses. The textbook appraisal process ensures that only the textbooks which can satisfy the requirements will be selected.

2/ In November 2019, the State Professorship Council recognized 424 professors and associate professors. Of these, 75 candidates received the professor title.

The preparation for the new general education program from the 2020-2021 academic year caught special attention from the public in 2019.

Prior to that, in 2018, the consideration and recognition of professors and associate professors was not implemented. In 2017, 1,200 candidates were recognized as professors and associate professors.

3/ Hundreds of officers and Communmist Party members connected to exam cheating at the 2018 national high school finals were disciplined.

When MOET publicized the exam scores of 900,000 examinees at the 2018 national high school finals, analysts found that the numbers of excellent students in Ha Giang, Son La and Hoa Binh were abnormally high.

MOET and the Ministry of Public Securiy then set up taskforces to examine the abnormality and found exam cheating in the provinces.

4/ Two Vietnam universities found their names in the list of top 1,000 universities in the world released by Times Higher Education (THE).

Hanoi National University and the Hanoi University of Science and Technology are in the group of universities ranked from 801st to 1,000th. The HCM City National University is in the group of 1000+.

THE released the World University Ranking 2020 at an event organized in Zurich on September 11, 2019.

5/ The 2018 amended University Education Law took effect in 2019. The law is described as having many new provisions close to international practice and suitable to practice in Vietnam.

Under the law, the difference between full-time and in-service degrees no longer exists. Universities won’t be able to continue enrolling students if they have not been accredited.

6/ The teacher lifelong recruitment policy was removed. This is a part of the Law amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law on Cadres and Civil Servants ratified by the National Assembly on November 25, 2019.

7/ Vietnamese students won high prizes at international competitions. Six students attending the International Mathematics Olympiad won 2 gold medals and 4 silver, ranking 7th among the 110 competition teams.

The physics competition team won 3 gold and 2 silver medals at the International Physics Olympiad.

8/ Dong Do University was found to be illegally training and granting bachelor’s degrees in English.

Le Huyen

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