No overseas student will be allowed to work in host countries for more than three years after their graduation under a draft regulation introduced by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).
As the plan targets overseas students regardless of where their funding comes from, it also asks them to report their academic performance periodically to the MoETââ‚¬â„¢s International Education Development office.
However, only those enjoy the stateââ‚¬â„¢s sponsorship would have to pay income tax during their work abroad, Nguyen Ngoc Hung, deputy head of MoETââ‚¬â„¢s Department of International Cooperation, told local newswire Vietnamnet.
The state-funded students would have also to work under the governmentââ‚¬â„¢s coordination within given terms on their return, or they would have to repay all the training expenses, according to the draft statute on Overseas Students Management.
The draft, which was released last week to invite public comments and feedback, would add weight to the qualifications obtained by students who fund their own overseas training program when they are placed under MoET management, Vietnamnet quoted Truong Duy Phuc, deputy head of the Vietnam International Education Department as saying.
The move would also help MoET have more exact statistics on self-funded overseas students, giving society a better orientation on studying abroad while protecting the studentsââ‚¬â„¢ rights, Hung said.
However, the draft has worried overseas students whoââ‚¬â„¢ve said in online forums that it contained many impractical and unreasonable points, especially regarding self-funded students.
At a forum on MoETââ‚¬â„¢s website http://edu.net.vn/ , one student said the most illogical regulation is that the MoET wants to manage self-funded studentsââ‚¬â„¢ working in host countries.
ââ‚¬Å“The ministryââ‚¬â„¢s statutes should only apply to those who are studying abroad under the governmentââ‚¬â„¢s scholarship or co-operation programs between the ministries and foreign organizations,ââ‚¬ another member said.
In the meantime, Nguyen Duc Long, national coordinator of Vietnam Foundation representing Vietnam Education Fundââ‚¬â„¢s Overseas Students Association, said most of the draft regulations are impossible to put into effect.
In fact, most overseas students are studying on their own. Some study abroad under various scholarships, so it would be unreasonable to put all of them under the same management, Long felt.
Itââ‚¬â„¢s also illogical to impose income tax on overseas students working in host countries where they earn money and have already paid tax, Long stressed.
ââ‚¬Å“Iââ‚¬â„¢m not clear about MoETââ‚¬â„¢s intention to manage self-funded overseas students and limit their working overseas to three years since their graduation,ââ‚¬ he added.
Nguyen Duc Thanh, director of the Center of Economics and Policy Research under Hanoiââ‚¬â„¢s University of Economy, meanwhile, said the ministryââ‚¬â„¢s plan was not ideal, but rather ââ‚¬Å“abnormalââ‚¬.
According to Thanh, in the 1960s an Indian research group proposed a similar plan to prevent the countryââ‚¬â„¢s brain drain, but it was never conducted as it was considered impossible and outdated.
ââ‚¬Å“At the moment, itââ‚¬â„¢s for sure no one would propose a management plan that involves the MoETââ‚¬â„¢s statutes,ââ‚¬ the director said.
Source: Tuoi Tre