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The Vietnamese education system has achieved laudable results, including a 98 percent literacy rate. However, shortcomings of the education system include insufficient training for lecturers, inadequate instructional methods, and limited education management and administration. The demands of a highly competitive global economy require a mix of skills, knowledge and human capital that is not being developed currently by Vietnam’s education system.
The Government of Vietnam is addressing critical challenges by setting longer-term goals for higher education in its Education Development Strategic Plan 2008 – 2020, as well as in its Higher Education Reform Agenda, which shows commitment to improving the higher education system in a rapidly changing economic and social environment, and undertaking other actions such as providing public funding for international higher education partnerships, supporting student and faculty exchanges and PhD training, funding equity-based scholarships for students to attend public higher education institutions and advancing efforts to reform policies and regulatory frameworks that shape institutional practices. USAID works in partnership with Vietnamese universities and the private sector to strengthen education in key sectors.
- We are partnering with Arizona State University and a growing number of corporate sponsors and top universities in Vietnam to transform science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education into active, project-based instruction. Our objective is to focus on advancing STEM undergraduate learning outcomes and instructional approaches and pedagogy through an innovative and advanced faculty development program, strengthening higher education policy and enabling university-private sector collaboration.
- We have supported early education for ethnic minority children in central Vietnam by refurbishing 25 preschools and by funding a new junior secondary school in Kon Tum Province. These schools and teacher training are enabling children to learn Vietnamese and socialize so they are ready to succeed in public primary schools.
- We are working with Harvard University’s Ash Center to conduct research, training and policy dialogue efforts on policy areas of central importance to the Mekong Region, including economic development, the stewardship of natural resources and the social and economic consequences of the development challenges facing the countries of the Lower Mekong region in the context of environmental change.
- We are working in partnership with Vietnamese universities, San Jose State University, the ministries of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Education and Training, community stakeholders, and private sector partner Cisco Systems, Inc., to enhance social work education in Vietnam, develop and implement undergraduate social work policies and practices, develop competency-based, practical curricula, create regional centers for excellence in social work education, and develop a leadership academy for social work faculty and administrators.
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Last updated: July 19, 2016