Vietnam blacklists unauthorized training at universities, institutes

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The Ministry of Education and Training Friday issued a statement asking seven education facilities, including six private ones, to stop unauthorized college and postgraduate training courses. Most of the training involved foreign certification.

The seven institutions are: the state-owned Hanoi Institute of Open University in the capital city; Hoa Sen University, the College of Business Administration and Management, and the Institute of Finance Administration in HCMC; and Singapore-based firms FTMS Global Education, Melior Vietnam Company and Singapore Information Technology and Business Administration Company.

The statement said the Hanoi institute was recruiting for college courses in association with Australian Box Hill Institute, while the ministry's approval for the cooperation expired last December.

Also, the Hanoi school had introduced three more majors besides the ones it received approval for.

Hoa Sen University has, without official permission, cooperated with a French institution, Vatel International Hotel Management School, to offer diploma training in international hospitality.

The Institute of Finance Administration, which is an IT agency, is only allowed to offer English language classes as extra training, but the school has recruited 17 students for a postgraduate business administration program, and is advertising a doctoral business administration program as well.

The College of Business Administration and Management (CBMA) was established as a vocational training institution, but it was illegally running undergraduate and postgraduate programs in collaboration with the UK Association of Business Executives.

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The three Singaporean firms, which are only allowed to provide vocational training, were also offering illegal undergraduate programs.

All certificates granted so far by the seven institutions will be deemed invalid and the schools fined, the ministry said without elaborating.

It has also informed embassies of related countries about the unauthorized cooperation with foreign educational institutions.

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