Student sues over 'subpar' undergraduate course

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A Ho Chi Minh City student has filed a lawsuit against an institute, asking for over VND202 million (US$10,361) in compensation for offering an unlicensed undergraduate program.


Phan Van Minh, who is taking the program run by the HCMC-based International Institute of Human Resource Development and US's York University, said the compensation included two years' tuition fees ($3,600), daily expenses, and other damages.


According to Minh, in August, 2008 he received a letter inviting him to attend the program, boasting that it will follow foreign-designed program and have foreign lecturers.


However, all lecturers so far were Vietnamese, while textbooks' contents were borrowed from those of local universities, he said.


Minh sent a letter to Duong Hong Thuy, chief of the institute, which falls under the Vietnam Associations for Sciences of Human Resources and Talents Development, asking for a refund of tuition fees after Tuoi Tre revealed that the program hasn't been licensed yet.


As Thuy didn't respond, he filed the lawsuit, Minh said.


In the meantime, Thuy plans to meet with parents of 20 students enrolled in the undergraduate program about Tuoi Tre's report, this Sunday.


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