Thanh Nien News | Youth | Vietnam seeks to give
autonomy to state universities
Vietnam seeks to give autonomy to state
A plan, if accepted, could
confer autonomy on
state-funded universities in
Vietnam with full legal person
status and the right to decide
on all issues without
intervention from the
The Hanoi-based National Education Council is drafting a plan to
abolish the present mechanism under which ministries manage
universities. The 20-year-old system sees public universities
seeking permission from their ministries for all actions and, often,
passively awaiting their orders.
Sometimes it leads to delay awaiting permission to make minor
changes that are not understood clearly by their managing
This surely stood in the way of improving education quality,
Professors Vu Minh Giang and Pham Phu from the National
Education Council said.
The council’s proposed plan gives the universities the authority to
decide on and bear responsibility for training, research,
administration, personnel, and finances.
This wide autonomy would enhance their responsibility and
transparency, they explained.
The National Education Council’s reform draft, to be submitted to
the government soon, is in line with a recent resolution signed by
Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, who is also chairman of the council.
Giang and Phu said that after the old system is abolished the
highest authority would rest in university councils, comprising of
headmasters, teachers, students, parents, local governments, and
The university councils thus composed would guarantee inspection
and supervision by the community and promote the role of mass
organizations in supervising the quality of tertiary education, they
There are now more than 70 state-owned universities in Vietnam,
24 percent of which are administered by the Ministry of Education
Written by V.T – Translated by Hoang Bao
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