Universities told to lift their standards
September 2nd, 2010
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday urged universities to continue improving the standard of teachers so that those at universities had higher qualifications than bachelor degrees.
He was speaking at a meeting of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) held yesterday in Ha Noi to review the 2009-10 academic year and launch plans for the new academic year.
The meeting also discussed the implementation of the Government’s Instruction 296 on renewing university education management for the 2010-12 period and the National Assembly’s Resolution 869 on setting up a team to supervise the adherence to regulations on establishing and investing in universities and improved teaching quality.
Regarding Instruction 296, 311 universities and colleges nationwide, accounting for 76.4 per cent of the total, had completed their report on the implementation of the instruction.
Meanwhile, supervision teams had carried out examinations in 13 ministries and sectors and 51 educational institutions.
Tran Thi Ha, director of MOET’s Department of Higher Education, said there remained many weaknesses in tertiary education management. These included a lack of proper legal documents on higher education management, qualified teachers and poor infrastructure.
In addition, many students still lacked adequate vocational skills to employ after graduating.
Some universities and colleges did not follow the compulsory regulations on reporting to MOET, with 39 per cent of the country’s universities and colleges having failed to file a report.
Participants at the meeting also raised the issue of universities co-operating with foreign educational institution without asking for permission from MOET.
Nguyen Xuan Vang, director of the International Training Department, said that the ministry would issue new regulations to ensure stricter control.
Deputy Prime Minister Nhan asked universities and colleges to foster training based on the demand of the market, and their current capacity to deliver education in certain core subjects. He said schools also needed to send teachers abroad for training.
Nhan suggested MOET carry out trial check with 30 universities and colleges in three specific regions of the country to report back to the National Assembly in its coming session.
He asked MOET to continue drafting the Law on Higher Education, which is expected to be submitted to the NA in July next year.