VIETNAM: Higher education management lagging

While Vietnam's higher education system is developing rapidly and on a large scale, the Education Ministry's management is failing to keep pace, Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan said last week. Since 1987, the number of tertiary institutions in the country has increased from 101 to 376.

"To check if the schools are abiding by regulations on education management, the ministry inspects two every week and it will take three years to complete the task," Nhan said.

Despite the swelling number of institutions, the Ministry's management of the higher education system is yet to change. It takes charge of most matters without giving institutions proper rights to operate independently, or delegating supervisory tasks to local authorities, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan added.
Full report on the Thanh Nien Daily site