Concerns over university English language requirements

At least 30 universities in Vietnam have announced they would prioritise or enrol students who have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate scores from 4.0 to 6.5 and use the English language proficiency certificates as part of admission criteria, but concerns have been raised about inequality for students in rural areas, reports Viet Nam News.

Many people support the move to help improve the quality of enrolment. Vu Thi Hien, head of the department of training management under the Foreign Trade University (FTU), said the FTU would admit students based on their high school performance and English competency. Hien said many training programmes in universities use English as the main language, even the language of instruction.

Vu Khac Ngc, a well-known online teacher, said giving priority or admitting candidates with international English certificates such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and IELTS may promote studying English in high school. However, Ngoc said, it might create inequality for students in rural or remote areas who faced more difficulties accessing English learning programmes.
Full report on the Viet Nam News site