2014 Vietnam Engineering Education Conference (VEEC)

The 2014 HEEAP Alliance Partners and Arizona State University will host the 2nd annual Vietnam Engineering Education Conference (VEEC) on March 25-26, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City. VEEC 2014 is a major event bringing together global industry, government and academic professionals to discuss transformative ideas and solutions to engineering and technical education programs in … Continue reading 2014 Vietnam Engineering Education Conference (VEEC)

It’s Hard To Find Good Help These Days…

A.K.A. Skilling Up Vietnam: Preparing The Workforce for A Modern Market Economy This is a chronic problem that receives ongoing and extensive coverage in the media here.  Follow these links to read a recent article about this World Bank report and download all 138 pp. of it.  Below is an infographic that pretty much sums it up.

Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part II)

Note:  Follow this link to read the first post in this two-part series. Due Diligence Some advice to my foreign higher education colleagues:  don't trust any of the come-ons or be seduced by the slick lines in (sometimes) passable English that arrive in your inboxes on a regular basis.  Do your homework, check references, and find out who's really behind … Continue reading Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part II)

Businesses criticize universities’ training quality

Tell us something we don't know.  This is a perennial issue that should be addressed sooner rather than later.  I can attest to the results of this survey as an observer of the education scene here and an employer in two different sectors.  (The bold in the article excerpt is mine.)  Keep in mind that this survey is specific to … Continue reading Businesses criticize universities’ training quality

Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part I)

In Vietnam, where cheating is a national pastime and ethical business practices are in dangerously short supply, the world of educational consulting is no exception.  EducationUSA fantasies notwithstanding, the reality is that most parents and students work with an education agent instead of applying directly to U.S. (and other foreign) colleges and universities, as in other … Continue reading Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part I)

“Vietnam: Graduate unemployment and ‘over-education’ rising” by Hiep Pham

Reposted from the 13 July 2013 edition of University World News. As a new batch of graduates emerged from Vietnam’s universities in recent weeks, the country was facing twin problems of increasing unemployment among young people and a phenomenon of ‘over-education’ – graduates who fail to find jobs that use their skills. By October last … Continue reading “Vietnam: Graduate unemployment and ‘over-education’ rising” by Hiep Pham

Welcome to Readers of the ICEF Monitor

Welcome to An International Educator in Vietnam, which I launched in November 2009.  If you look around my blog, you'll soon find out why the subtitle is Information, Insights & (Occasionally) Intrigue.  Chances are you're here because you read my guest post, Why Vietnam?  A Market Snapshot, the first of its kind to appear in the … Continue reading Welcome to Readers of the ICEF Monitor