Reforming Higher Education in Vietnam

Challenges and Priorities

  • Grant Harman
  • Martin Hayden
  • Pham Thanh Nghi

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Grant Harman, Martin Hayden, Pham Thanh Nghi
    Pages 1-13
  3. Martin Hayden, Lam Quang Thiep
    Pages 14-29
  4. Pham Thanh Nghi, Jonathan D. London
    Pages 51-64
  5. Kay Harman, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Bich
    Pages 65-86
  6. Grant Harman, Le Thi Bich Ngoc
    Pages 87-102
  7. Robert Spoo, Dao Anh Tuan
    Pages 117-127
  8. Dao Van Khanh, Martin Hayden
    Pages 129-142
  9. Don F. Westerheijden, Leon Cremonini, Roelien van Empel
    Pages 183-195
  10. Martin Hayden, Dao Van Khanh
    Pages 215-225
  11. Pham Thanh Nghi, Jonathan D. London
    Pages E1-E1
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 227-232

About this book


Here is a comprehensive and scholarly review of various dimensions of the higher education system in Vietnam. The book comes at a crucial time for this South East Asian country’s learning institutions. Vietnam is a dynamic regional player and, like its neighbors, is seeking rapid development of its higher education system. Since reform was first mooted in 1993, the numbers of young people going on to higher education have increased dramatically – up from 2 per cent in the early 1990s to over 13 per cent at present, and a higher system that was once comprised entirely of small, specialised institutions has been transformed into one in which the leading universities are large, multidisciplinary and progressively developing a research capability.

Vietnam’s current approach to reform of its higher education system is extremely ambitious. Some argue that the nation may be at risk of attempting to do too much too quickly. By 2020, for example, Vietnam expects its higher education system to be advanced by modern standards and highly competitive internationally. This optimistic vision faces many challenges. The economy’s rapid growth masks a reliance on unskilled labor and the exploitation of natural resources, while decision-making in many areas of public life continues to be hamstrung by over-regulation and centralized control. A great many goals and objectives have been set for reform of the higher education system during the next decade. Realising these aspirations will require some difficult shifts in the management culture, as well as a great deal more public investment.

Against this backdrop, the chapters included in this book cover a wide range of relevant topics, including the recent history of the higher education system, its structure and governance, and its teaching and learning culture. Chapters also examine Vietnamese universities’ research and research commercialization environment, their socio-economic impact, strategic planning processes, progress with quality accreditation, and their experience of internationalization and privatization.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Grant Harman
    • 1
  • Martin Hayden
    • 2
  • Pham Thanh Nghi
    • 3
  1. 1.Ctr. Higher Education Management & PolicyUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia
  3. 3.Institute of Human StudiesVietnamese Academy of Social SciencesHanoiVietnam

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-3693-3
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-3694-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-0378
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1923
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