VIETNAM: Minister orders greater university transparency

All universities in Vietnam must publish their financial accounts and information about educational standards on their websites by 15 April, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan told a conference in Hanoi this month, reports Saigon Giai Phong. He also said tertiary education would be further decentralised as part of government's action plan to renovate higher education management 2010-12.

Nhan told more than 1,000 university and provincial delegates at the conference to make a three year commitment to improving quality and to devise training improvement strategies for the next five to 10 years, which should be posted on their websites. The ministry would issue 23 documents to instruct universities to execute the action plan.

The plan comprises measures to enhance quality, a review of development targets for higher education, improving laws on tertiary education, decentralising the higher education system, providing more on-demand training, and building universities and dormitories. It includes improving the management skills of tertiary leaders, renovating financial systems at public universities, assessment and verification of higher education quality, and improving the management of scientific research.
Full report on the Saigon Giai Phong site