Vietnam PhD holders produce little quality research

Vietnam has had a remarkably high number of post-graduates in the recent years. However, scientific research projects, which are considered the soul of universities in their quest to produce new knowledge for the world, have remained modest in both quality and quantity. According to education experts, this is due to shortcomings in post-graduate education, which fails to boost scientific research at universities. Reports from the Ministry of Education and Training showed that scientific research works from universities and institutes between 2011-2016 were modest. (Photo: Professor Ta Thanh Van, lecturer at Hanoi Medical University told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper that post-graduate education in the country does not really boost scientific research and that universities did not play the key role of enhancing science and technology capacity in the country. As a result, the quality of PhD-holders was low compared to other regional countries. The number of Vietnamese scientists honoured in the world’s educational system or in international research projects was still very modest, he said. PhD Nguyen Xuan Han from the Hanoi National University said that in the 1970s, the number of PhD holders was only roughly 1,000, and this generation had made contributions to the construction and development of the country. The number of PhD holders is now 23 times higher, but concrete achievements, proven by valuable and practical scientific research works, are limited. He said that the low quality of post-graduates was among the key reasons. PhD Le Van Ut, head of the Ton Duc Thang University’s Science… [Read full story]


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