Major changes to hit universities this year
  • | | November 25, 2009 02:12 PM

Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education and Training, Nguyen Thien Nhan, addressed the coming changes at the Conference of Execution of Focal Tasks of Graduate Education in the period of 2009-2010, held on 14 November in Hanoi, Vinh, Danang, HCMC, and Can Tho, via video-conferencing.


Proactively meeting social demands
This year's focal task of graduate education centres around the motto: “Renovation of management, improvement of quality and training upon social demand." Henceforth, universities and colleges need to assess the ratio of employed post-graduates, facilitate training upon labour market demands, support them with job-seeking and begin building up output standards that will be publicized in 2010.
Representatives for the Ministry of Education and Training have pledged to fulfill 2010's tasks ranging from accomplishing related legal documentations to decentralising management.
While addressing the conference, Nhan insisted that unsynchronised and ill-controlled educational quality must come to an end. This school year, each school was advised to hold open discussions on how to meet social demands in both quality and quantity. He said “everyone should take responsibility for our educational system, not just the Ministry.”
Nhan also noted that, “Universities are obliged to develop the output standard system of graduated students and support training upon social demand. Building input standards should also be taken into account. With synchronised methods to be implemented, activities in universities will not be as “smooth” as before.”
Regulations of student evaluation of lecturers
Referring to this new issue, Vice Manager of Hue University Ngo Dac Chung said, “We have done pilot implementation of this plan, and the result of the project was only made public to lecturers and leaders of the university. Yet, the pilot project did not seem effective. We would like to see the Ministry provide specific regulations and guidelines for this action to ensure its expected effectiveness.”
Thai Ba Can, headmaster of the University of Technical Education of Ho Chi Minh City, raised several points about ensuring output standards. He said with the current methodology and training length, only 10 per cent of graduated students matched the output standards of foreign language skill.