Vietnam Ranks 29th in Annual EF English Proficiency Index & 5th in Asia

Here's some more good news for Vietnam and colleagues from English-speaking countries who recruit here at the secondary and postsecondary levels.  According to the results of the EF (Education First) Proficiency Index, which profiles 70 countries, including 15 in Asia, Vietnam ranks 29th with "moderate proficiency" in English.  Last year, it ranked 33rd out of … Continue reading Vietnam Ranks 29th in Annual EF English Proficiency Index & 5th in Asia

Vietnam’s PISA Surprise

How has the country been able to overcome socioeconomic disadvantages to perform so well? Excellent analysis by M Niaz Asadullah and Liyanage Devangi Perera.  Asadullah is Professor of Development Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Development Studies (CPDS) at the University of Malaya, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). … Continue reading Vietnam’s PISA Surprise

“What International Students Think About U.S. Higher Education” (Revisited)

Attitudes and Perceptions of Prospective Students From Around the World (2015) New edition, revised and expanded According to the website announcement, this revised and expanded Institute of International Education (IIE) report examines the attitudes and perceptions that international students who are considering studying in the United States have of U.S. higher education and other key … Continue reading “What International Students Think About U.S. Higher Education” (Revisited)

Global Flow of Tertiary-Level Students: Vietnam

OK, so the stats in this UNESCO graphic are not the most up-to-date (Australia, US data from 2012; Canada from 2011) and some top host countries are conspicuously absent, e.g., China, which has ranked 3rd or 4th the last couple of years, but there's nothing like a visual representation to illustrate the status of the … Continue reading Global Flow of Tertiary-Level Students: Vietnam

Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

Below are some excerpts from this World Education Services (WES) follow-up study to a 2012 research report that identifies key emerging markets for international student recruitment through 2018 and seeks to inform higher education institutions’ strategic planning by giving them a deeper understanding of future international student recruitment markets. This report addresses two main questions: … Continue reading Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

Happiness (Among Nations) Is…

This is one of my favorite annual reports, one that should be closely read by representatives of every government.  Color me naive but I believe that happiness is, after all, one of the primary purposes of government.  Keep in mind that this 172 pp. report is not only about "happiness," as in "do you feel … Continue reading Happiness (Among Nations) Is…

125,000 Vietnamese Studied Overseas in 2013

Last year, 125,000 Vietnamese studied overseas, a 15% increase over 2012, according to the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).  The top 10 countries are listed below.  Japan climbed to #3, displacing China.  Over 90% were self-financing.  Using the Ministry of Finance's higher per student estimate from 2012 (15k), Vietnamese families spent up to $1.875 … Continue reading 125,000 Vietnamese Studied Overseas in 2013