Universities seek qualified lecturers
  • By Hong Hanh | | September 18, 2013 03:24 PM
Many public universities in Vietnam are trying various measures to attract good lecturers, such as offering incentives in the form of higher wages or cheaper housing.


Universities lack good teachers

Lecturers at Danang University must make a commitment to take postgraduate training courses overseas to improve their teaching methods. From 2010 to 2012, the university sent 1,184 teachers to study in foreign countries.

Tran Van Nam, director of Danang University said, "We help teachers to qualify for preferential treatment when it comes to  buying land or apartments. Until now, we have attracted many teachers who studied abroad in France, Russia and Australia to our school. However, the biggest challenge for young teachers is how to cope with the low salaries and we need the government's help to solve this problem."

In 2011, only 169 lecturers at HCM City University of Law had postgraduate degrees, but the number of lecturers with postgraduate degrees has increased to 180. 

Head of the university Mai Hong Quy said, "Though we don't lack lecturers, we still have many problems. There are several cases where lecturers have to teach courses which they aren't qualified to teach. In addition, our policy is to give priority to lecturers with high degrees so many university graduates with good skills haven't been accepted.”

Meanwhile, the head of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology said they invite retired lecturers to continue to work for them. 

The University of Transport and Communication uses state funds to send their lecturers to study abroad, nevertheless, the headmaster of the university also said that salaries and bonuses for teachers at public schools are generally low. 

Minister of Education and Training promised that they will do their best to assist the schools and teachers.


 According to the Ministry of Education and Training, during the school year 2011-2012, Vietnam had 84,109 teachers. The number of teachers who have postgraduate degrees also increased by 56.67% from school year 2008-2009.

However, the number of schools and colleges have spiked recently despite the modest number of professors and doctors. Currently, only 286 lecturers are professors, accounting for 0.5% of the total lecturers. And the number of lecturers with doctorate degrees is 8,500, accounting for 14.27%.

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