More students turn their back on universities

Many students have decided not to pursue university education even after passing entrance exams, choosing vocational schools instead, reports VietNamNet Bridge.

One of them is Nguyen Van That from Hai Hau district of Nam Dinh province who turned down the opportunity to enrol in some faculties of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology. He had two choices – either study in the nuclear engineering faculty of the prestigious technology school, or go to vocational school. And he finally decided to go to vocational school after reading in newspapers that hundreds of thousands of bachelor degree graduates were redundant, while the country lacks workers with good practical skills.

It is a growing tendency in Vietnam to go to vocational schools instead of university. A report of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs showed that in the first quarter of the year, 190,900 workers with bachelor and masters degrees and doctorates did not have jobs. The Q2 report showed that the figure rose to 191,300.
Full report on the VietNamNet Bridge site