New law could ban sensitive subjects at private schools

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Newly drafted regulations released Tuesday aim to prohibit private universities from providing degrees in law, journalism and education, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training.

The new rules would also require schools opening new two-year training programs to employ at least two contracted lecturers with master degrees in the program’s discipline.

Universities opening new four-year programs would be compelled to have at least one contracted lecturer with a doctorate, professor or associate professor title in the program’s discipline. The schools would also have to employ two other contracted lecturers with masters’ degrees in the fields.

Newly-established schools and institutions less than 10 years old would have to issue self-critical progress reports, according to the draft

Vietnam now has 376 universities and colleges, including 40 universities established or upgraded from colleges in 2006 and 2007 alone.

Despite the rapid growth of higher education quality in the country, many shortcomings have been found, particularly in the process of establishing new schools. This has urged the National Assembly to put education under its supervision from this year.

Reported by Nhut Quang

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