Vietnam’s shift from a centrally planned to a market economy has transformed the country from one of the poorest in the world into a lower middle-income country. Vietnam now is one of the most dynamic emerging countries in East Asia region.
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World Bank Group contributionIDA has provided US$150 million in assistance for the series.PartnersThe Government of Vietnam, through the Higher Education Program Unit (which ceased to operate in 2013)... Show More + and the Department of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education and Training moved the Program forward consistently, ensuring the availability of timely and reliable data.Moving forwardThe policy environment in which both the Ministry of Education and Training and the education institutions have been operating is constantly evolving in a positive direction towards the vision put forward in the Higher Education Reform Agenda. The ministry has also demonstrated strong commitment in further developing the legal framework which governs the work in this sub sector. A draft of a governmental decree on higher education institutions stratification and ranking has been produced, and the first batch of four universities have been granted complete autonomy in financial management.Beneficiaries“The Higher Education Law has enabled us to attract and appoint high quality faculty and researchers. We now have complete autonomy on academic matters including training programs and student enrolment which has enabled us to significantly expand the partnership with industries and international partners in improving the quality of teaching and research and in diversifying sources of funding for the university.” – Associate Prof. Dr Hoang Minh Son, Vice President, Hanoi University of Science and Technology“The major transfer of decision making authority from the Ministry of Education and Training to HEIs helps us focus on our stewardship role while empowering HEIs in taking autonomous decisions concerning their academic, governance and quality assurance matters. They are the ones who will bring about changes in the sector responding to changing demands of industries and society” – Associate Prof. Dr Bui Anh Tuan, Former Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Training Show Less -