The higher education reform agenda : A vision for 2020

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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  • Thanh Nghi Pham
  • Jonathan LONDON


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReforming higher education in Vietnam
Subtitle of host publicationchallenges and priorities
EditorsGrant Stewart Harman, Martin Hayden, Thành Nghị Phạm
Place of PublicationDordrecht
ISBN (Electronic)9789048136933
ISBN (Print)9789048136940
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2010

Publication series

NameHigher education dynamics


Since 1987, when the doi moi reform process began, Vietnam has made significantprogress in increasing the size and diversity of its higher education system. In termsof quality, however, the system is still not up to international standards. Significantdeficiencies remain, particularly in the areas of governance, programmes, curricula,teaching methods, academic staff qualifications and physical infrastructure.Recognizing a need for further radical reform of the system, the governmentpromulgated Resolution 14 on the “Fundamental and Comprehensive Reform ofHigher Education in Vietnam 2006–2020” (also known as the Higher EducationReform Agenda, or HERA). HERA presents a vision of what the higher educationsystem should become.This chapter addresses specifically a range of challenges facing the implementationof HERA. A perspective advanced is that, in an age of globalization, andespecially now that Vietnam is a member of the World Trade Organization, theoverriding challenge for Vietnam’s higher education system is that of improvingthe international competitiveness of the country’s professional labour force. In thisregard, weaknesses in Vietnam’s higher education system serve only to underminethe nation’s capacity to achieve rapid global integration. Remarks I was retrospectively credited co-authorship of this paper, as is reflected on the book's website:

Research Area(s)

  • Vietnam, higher education, universities, reform, modernization, challenges

Citation Format(s)

The higher education reform agenda: A vision for 2020. / Pham, Thanh Nghi; LONDON, Jonathan.
Reforming higher education in Vietnam: challenges and priorities. ed. / Grant Stewart Harman; Martin Hayden; Thành Nghị Phạm. Dordrecht: Springer, 2010. p. 51-64 4 (Higher education dynamics; Vol. 29).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)