According to this information from the 2010/11 Open Doors international academic mobility report, 41.3% of all Vietnamese studying the US last year chose to study business/management, by far the highest percentage of any of the top sending countries. Engineering and math/computer science ranked 2nd and 3rd at 10.7% and 8.5%, respectively.
Why do so many Vietnamese choose to major in business/management? Because 1) their parents tell them to, thinking it’s the best way to get a good job; and 2) many Vietnamese who are unfamiliar with the concept of a liberals arts education believe that you have to study business to “do business.” (If any other reasons come to mind, please send them my way.)
The end result is two-fold: 1) too many young Vietnamese are studying something they’re not really interested in and have no passion for; and 2) a likely surplus of business/management graduates. Vietnamese society and its labor market have many and varied needs, both current and projected, of which business/management is but one. Personally, I always find it refreshing when a young person here tells me s/he wants to study something other than business.