The overall picture of Vietnamese higher education education for the past 5 years


For the past 5 years, 184 majors have been opened at university level, focusing mainly on sectors such as Engineering, Technology, Computers…

The report summarizing the 5-year implementation of the Party Central Committee’s Resolution 29 on fundamental and comprehensive innovation in education (2013-2018) of the Ministry of Education and Training has evaluated the results of higher and post-graduate education innovation.

Accordingly, regarding the scale, network, industry structure: A network of higher education institutions including 236 universities, academies has been built (not including the defense – security schools), in which there are 171 public schools, 60 private schools, 5 schools with 100% foreign investment), 37 scientific research institutes tasked with doctoral training, 33 pedagogical colleges and 2 pedagogical vocational schools.

Regarding pedagogical and teacher training sector, there are now 58 universities, 57 colleges, 40 vocational schools with teacher training (including 14 pedagogical universities, 33 pedagogical colleges and 02 pedagogical vocational schools).

According to the world’s top ranking university QS top 1000, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City ranked 701-750; Vietnam National University, Hanoi      ranked 801-1000;

On June 6th 2018, QS ranking organization (Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings – UK) announced the ranking results of the top 1000 most excellent universities in the world. 85/197 countries were named, in which Vietnam first represented with 2 representatives: Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam National University, Hanoi. (Screenshots)

Also according to university rankings chart in Asia (top 350): Vietnam National University, Hanoi (139); Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (142); Hanoi University of Science and Technology (group 291-300), Can Tho University (group 301-350) and Hue University (group 351-400).

Regarding the development of the training sector: on the basis of surveying, forecasting training needs, training institutions have adjusted their major structure. Many schools have focused on opening and improving the quality of the fields of information technology, technology, engineering, health and tourism, which provide many job opportunities for graduated students as well as the movement of labor in the ASEAN region, the number of new majors at the university level is 184, focusing mainly on the Engineering, Technology, Computer and Information technology, Social science and Behavior, Business Management, Law sectors.

Regarding objectives, programs and methods: The Ministry of Education and Training has issued a Circular guiding and directing schools to renovate the construction of training programs, including the participation of managers, employers; building and announcing output standards according to each training major.

Most higher education institutions have actively reviewed, adjusted and renovated their training programs in a modern way, suitable to each sector and stratification of the higher education system, meet labor market requirements.

Training combined with enterprises is considered a breakthrough requirement of many schools in the activities of building teaching program, internship,…

Higher education institutions have actively and proactively innovated content, teaching methods in the direction of approaching capacity, enhancing application and practice skills, focusing on professional ethics and social understandings, pay closer attention to soft skills development, extracurricular activities help students develop their talents and creativity, actively integrate and accept competition.

Many training institutions have developed training programs that follow international standards: CDIO, POHE, advanced programs, PFIEV programs, high-quality programs and other international affiliate programs; initially review the training program to approach AUN-QA standard.

At the same time, the report also pointed out that the Ministry of Education and Training has directed the implementation of advanced and high-quality programs of some developed countries, teaching completely or partially (mainly English) to gradually improve the quality of training, serving social – economic development and international integration. Many training institutions have implemented these high-quality training programs and advanced programs.

And until June 2018, there are 117 higher education institutions acknowledged to meet the quality standards by domestic assessment organizations and 06 higher education institutions acknowledged to meet quality standards by the French High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) and ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance (AUN-QA).

In addition, there are 112 undergraduate training programs that have been evaluated and acknowledged, including 08 national standard assessment programs;

104 training programs are evaluated and acknowledged by international assessment organizations, 16 programs in accordance with the standards of the French Engineering Degree Committee (CTI);

2 programs in accordance with the standards of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, USA (ABET);

6 programs in accordance with the standards of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, USA (ACBSP).

According to Thuy Linh – Vietnam Education Newspaper