A revolution in Vietnam’s education?

Published: 18/02/2011 05:00



VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of
Education and Training looks for candidates for the key posts in the ministry.
Vietnamese universities look for rectors by advertising their vacancies in
foreign newspapers. This has never happened before in Vietnam.

advertising a vacancy fora deputy director, the Posts and Telecommunications
Institute of Technology received six applications. All the six candidates have
returned from overseas, graduating from reputable universities.

only two candidates will be selected for the posts of training manager and
scientific research and technology transfer manager. The candidates must at
least hold a doctorate degree be trained in economic t or training management.
They also must be fluent in at least one common foreign language.

Prior to
that, the Ministry of Education and Training announced the plan to recruit for
the posts of department directors and deputy minister. This was a surprise, because in the past such
important positions were filled only by appointment, not through open

education and training departments in Bac Giang, Da Nang and Phu Tho also used open
competitions to recruit headmasters and deputy head masters for many schools in
their localities.

say that recruiting from the public for key positions marks a revolution in the
education sector i, indicating that schools and management agencies want to employ the most talented and

recently, on December 13, 2010, the Tan
Tao University
which had just been licensed by HCM City, advertised a vacancy for the rector’s
positionon The Chronicle of Higher Education, a
well known US
newspaper on university and higher education.

On the
official website of the university, there are also vacancy announcement for
lecturers. the university offers very attractive working conditions. Foreign
lecturers are given subsistence allowance in addition to the salary, healthcare
insurance, $1500 for airfare and a preferential rate for renting houses in Vietnam.

the FPT University has announced its PhD
scholarship program for 2011. The
university will choose the top 30 students out of already excellent 400 graduates of100 high
schools in Vietnam.
The selected students will be granted scholarships for a doctorate degree in
computer science.

In order to
obtain the scholarships, which allow them to study both in Vietnam and overseas, candidates
have to have excellent academic results, a passion for information technology
and research.

placing two advertisements on the US
newspaper, the Tan
Tao University
recruited a rector. he is a Vietnamese, the well known Professor Vo Tong Xuan,
once President of An Giang University.

Xuan told
VietNamNet that the university received
200 applications. The school interviewed 52 persons and shortlisted 23,
including 10 from Vietnam,
who graduated from foreign universities, once got VEF or Fulbright
scholarships. There were also foreign candidates from the US, Canada,
Australia, Hungary and Russia.

When asked
if advertising on the US
newspaper was a “PR trick” for Tan
Tao University,
Professor Vo Tong Xuan said that the university is ready to pay high salaries
to its lecturers because it wants them to work for a long term, and because the
university really needs talented educators.

“Only the
weak financially weak schools use visiting lecturers, i.e. lecturers who only
work for a short time and then return to their countries. This means that
students do not have opportunities to contact the lecturers,” he said

lecturers selected for Tan
Tao University
all have doctorate degrees, and good research achievements. Their salaries
range from 21,000 dollar to 26,000 a year. lecturers with teaching experience
from foreign universities, can get $36,000 a year or higher.

Tu Uyen – Kieu Oanh

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