Changes in Vietnam and the UK’s higher education – a comparison

Quach, Hy Hoang Thien (2013). Changes in Vietnam and the UK’s higher education – a comparison. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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In contrast to the achievements at other educational levels, Vietnam’s higher education is considered as having a lot of weaknesses and shortcomings compared to other Asian countries, which have similar economies and political regimes like Thailand or China. Inevitably, it also compares unfavourably to some developed nations, such as the United Kingdom. Additionally, although such things are relative, in terms of challenges, Vietnam and the UK both encounter many problems including the financial matters and changes in policies. However, in the global arena, the UK’s tertiary system appears to completely surpass Vietnam’s.

Through an overview of both higher education systems in Vietnam and the UK, there are some emerging questions on the UK’s success and ability to ensure the quality and the best performance of its universities. In my research, I would like to find out the key issues closely related to the development of Vietnam’s higher education by marking a comparison between Vietnam’s and the UK’s higher education in terms of its concepts, missions, and quality maintenance and enhancement in relation to the social and economic changes as well as differences between Vietnam and the UK. Hopefully, there might be some suggestions flowing from the comparative analysis in my research for the developing process of the higher education system not only in Vietnam but also in other developing countries.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)


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