Vietnamese Higher Education in the Globalisation Context: A Question of Qualitative or Quantitative Targets

Huong Thi Kieu Le

Abstract


The adoption of a more market-oriented economy has paved the way for the Vietnamese education system to undergo continuous change for more than twenty years. This paper sets out: (1) to examine the impacts of globalisation and liberalisation on the education sector in developing countries, with a main focus on Vietnam, and (2) to determine how the education sector in Vietnam adapted to globalisation and liberalisation through an examination of the key reforms implemented in the higher education sector. This paper argues that to adapt to liberalisation, the Vietnamese higher education sector needs to adopt a holistic approach to reform the sector such as reforms in curriculum, access, research and development, and capacity building rather than focus mainly on achieving quantitative targets as outlined in the Higher Education Reform Agenda.


Keywords


Vietnam, higher education, international education, globalisation, liberalisation.

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