When Vietnam released its seventh draft outlining national strategies to develop the country's education from 2008 to 2020 at an August conference in Hanoi, some experts said the plan was simply a wish list, reports Thanh Nien Daily. Among the 11 solution packages to boost the education system in the next decade, two goals aim to make Vietnam's higher education more internationally competitive - to produce 20,000 doctorates, and to have at least 30% of university academics PhD graduates in 2020.
Deputy Minister of Education and Training (MoET) Banh Tien Long said recently that the plan to produce 20,000 doctorates by 2020 was being finalised before being submitted for government approval. According to the plan, about half of the candidates would be trained in foreign universities, with between 800 to 1,000 sent abroad annually and 10% of those to American universities.
During the academic year 2006-2007, MoET estimates the number of university faculty members who hold master's degrees or doctorates only increased by 11.9% among 3,500 newly-hired teaching staff.
Full report on the Thanhnien News site
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