Explosion of universities seen as spur to unemployment

Dozens of junior colleges – offering three-year training – have been upgraded into universities – offering four to five-year training – but the training quality has not matched the expansion. Analysts have noted that the recent upgrading on a mass scale was one of the reasons behind the high unemployment rate, reports VietNamNet Bridge.

A Ministry of Education and Training report showed that Vietnam had 433 universities and junior colleges by June 2014, including 347 state-owned institutions and 86 non-state owned. According to Dr Bui Anh Tuan from the ministry, 133 universities and junior colleges were upgraded from junior colleges and intermediate schools (two-year training), respectively, in 2007-2013. Of these, 59 institutions were upgraded to junior colleges, and 49 to universities.

A Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs’ report showed that 162,000 workers with bachelor degrees had remained unemployed as of mid-2014.
Full report on the VietNamNet Bridge site