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

Slow Down To Catch Up

Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) recently announced plans to reduce enrollment at 23 universities and colleges.  According to Bui Van Ga, a vice minister, the intent of the policy is to "focus on quality instead of quantity.”  Enrollment quotas will be reduced between 10% and 100% at the 23 institutions “because of failures to … Continue reading Slow Down To Catch Up

My Top 15 Personal Favorites

Last year, I wrote a total of 84 posts, an average of 7 per month.  Below are some of my favorite posts starting with one from February and ending with one from last month.  Collectively, they cover a lot of ground - from updates and personal stories to commentaries and analyses.     If You’ve Got It, Flaunt … Continue reading My Top 15 Personal Favorites

“50 percent of Vietnamese teachers regret their career decision”

This is one of the highlights of a survey conducted by the Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences (VIES), a damning indictment of the working conditions of Vietnamese teachers.  The survey of 526 teachers from 27 schools in five provinces asked primary, secondary (junior high) and high school teachers this question:  Would you still choose to work as a teacher, if you could make … Continue reading “50 percent of Vietnamese teachers regret their career decision”

Emerging internationalization opportunities in Southeast Asia

Below is an excellent post by my colleague, Rahul Choudaha aka Dr. Education, which I've taken the liberty of reposting in its entirety.  Both images are courtesy of Boston Consulting Group.  (The italics and bold are mine.)  Note:  The 2010 "per capita income" for Vietnam is based on GNP not GDP.  Posted: 13 Apr 2012 08:14 AM PDT Growth … Continue reading Emerging internationalization opportunities in Southeast Asia

The Fourth Education Conference

I recently joined several hundred other attendees at the 4th Education Conference on 9 April in Hanoi, organized by the US Embassy, the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF), the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and National Economics University (NEU).  Sponsors included the Henry Luce Foundation, the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University, Johnson & … Continue reading The Fourth Education Conference

Education in Vietnam

Below is information about a new book, edited by Jonathan D. London and published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.   Dr. London is an Assistant Professor (Sociology) in the Department of Asian & International Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.  Vietnam is a country on the move. Yet, contemporary Vietnam’s education system … Continue reading Education in Vietnam