There is a tendency in Vietnam, with the media as an on- and offline amplifier, to engage in self-flagellation about education and other societal issues rather than looking carefully at the broader context and the, sometimes, hopeful reality. This results in journalists and many Vietnamese playing the ‘blame game’. The obvious targets here are the Vietnamese government, including the Ministry of Education and Training, and the nation’s universities.
This is my latest article for University World News. I wrote it because I think some of the reporting in the Vietnamese media is unfair and doesn’t take into account rankings methodologies. Follow this link to read the article in its entirety.