Higher Education Dynamics

Reforming Higher Education in Vietnam

Challenges and Priorities

Editors: Harman, Grant, Hayden, Martin, Nghi Pham, Thanh (Eds.)

  • Sole up-to-date text on recent developments in higher education in Vietnam
  • Book presents a fascinating case-study how one Asian country that 20 years ago moved to a market economy is approaching reform of modernisation of its higher education system
  • Authors include both western and Vietnamese scholars, often writing together
  • Authorship includes leading scholars internationally in higher education studies
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About this book

Here is a comprehensive and scholarly review of various dimensions of the higher education system in Vietnam. The book comes at a crucial time for this South East Asian country’s learning institutions. Vietnam is a dynamic regional player and, like its neighbors, is seeking rapid development of its higher education system. Since reform was first mooted in 1993, the numbers of young people going on to higher education have increased dramatically – up from 2 per cent in the early 1990s to over 13 per cent at present, and a higher system that was once comprised entirely of small, specialised institutions has been transformed into one in which the leading universities are large, multidisciplinary and progressively developing a research capability.

Vietnam’s current approach to reform of its higher education system is extremely ambitious. Some argue that the nation may be at risk of attempting to do too much too quickly. By 2020, for example, Vietnam expects its higher education system to be advanced by modern standards and highly competitive internationally. This optimistic vision faces many challenges. The economy’s rapid growth masks a reliance on unskilled labor and the exploitation of natural resources, while decision-making in many areas of public life continues to be hamstrung by over-regulation and centralized control. A great many goals and objectives have been set for reform of the higher education system during the next decade. Realising these aspirations will require some difficult shifts in the management culture, as well as a great deal more public investment.

Against this backdrop, the chapters included in this book cover a wide range of relevant topics, including the recent history of the higher education system, its structure and governance, and its teaching and learning culture. Chapters also examine Vietnamese universities’ research and research commercialization environment, their socio-economic impact, strategic planning processes, progress with quality accreditation, and their experience of internationalization and privatization.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Grant Harman, Martin Hayden and Pham Thanh Nghi’s book, which focuses on HE reform in Vietnam is a welcome contribution in this area, as it introduces and addresses quite details recent reforms in the HES of a developing country in South East Asia. … The book is highly recommended, then, for policy makers, scholars and students of HE who want to benefit from the insights regarding not only Vietnamese HES, but also policies aimed at reforming HESs in developing countries in the globalisation era.” (Thi Tuyet Tran, Higher Education, Vol. 65, 2013)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Higher Education in Vietnam: Reform, Challenges and Priorities

    Harman, Grant (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Vietnam’s Higher Education System

    Hayden, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 14-29

  • Higher Education in Vietnam 1986–1998: Education in Transition to a New Era?

    St. George, Elizabeth

    Pages 31-49

  • The Higher Education Reform Agenda: A Vision for 2020

    Nghi, Pham Thanh

    Pages 51-64

  • Reforming Teaching and Learning in Vietnam’s Higher Education System

    Harman, Kay (et al.)

    Pages 65-86

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eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3162-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reforming Higher Education in Vietnam
Book Subtitle
Challenges and Priorities
Editors
  • Grant Harman
  • Martin Hayden
  • Thanh Nghi Pham
Series Title
Higher Education Dynamics
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3694-0
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3694-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3693-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3162-2
Series ISSN
1571-0378
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 232
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