Vietnam still has some shortcomings

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID is passionate in helping Vietnam to improve its higher education system to produce well-trained, job-ready graduates that have the abilities to compete worldwide in an increasingly growing global market. Over the years, Vietnamese education system has achieved some laudable results, including an estimated 98 percent literacy rate.

However, the education system in Vietnam still have some shortcomings such as limited training for teachers, inadequate instructional methods, and poor education management and administration.

The demand of the highly competitive global economy requires a mixture of skills, knowledge and human capital that is still been developed currently by Vietnam’s education system.

The Government of Vietnam has begun to address critical challenges by setting longer-term goals for higher education in its current socio-economic development plan and undertaking other actions such as providing public funding for international higher education partnerships, supporting student and faculty exchanges and PhD training, funding equity-based scholarships for students to attend public higher education institutions and advancing efforts to reform policies and regulatory frameworks that shape institutional practices.

USAID works in partnership with Vietnamese universities and the private sector to strengthen education in key sectors. USAID are partnering with Arizona State University, Intel, a growing number of other corporate sponsors, and top universities and vocational colleges in Vietnam to transform engineering education from passive, theory-based instruction to active, project-based instruction. USAID’s objective is to focus on advancing the engineering undergraduate learning outcomes and instructional approaches and pedagogy through an innovative and advanced faculty development program. More than 100 faculty members have already benefited from the training and are improving the way they teach.  

USAID has supported early education for ethnic minority children in central Vietnam by refurbishing 25 preschools and by funding a new junior secondary school in Kon Tum Province. These schools and teacher training are enabling children to learn Vietnamese and socialize so they are ready to succeed in public primary schools.  

USAID is working in partnership with Vietnamese universities, San Jose State University, the ministries of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Education and Training, community stakeholders, and private sector partner Cisco Systems, Inc., to enhance social work education in Vietnam, develop and implement undergraduate social work policies and practices, develop competency-based, practical curricula, create regional centers for excellence in social work education, and develop a leadership academy for social work faculty and administrators.