More universities seek quality accreditation from domestic, int'l organisations

Universities nationwide are paying more attention to educational quality accreditation and assurance from domestic and international organisations and centres.

The universities have set up educational quality assurance committees that offer teachers' guidance in training methodology and assessment to meet criteria in quality accreditation.

According to Dr Dinh Thanh Viet, head of the educational quality assurance committee at Da Nang University, it is difficult for university lecturers to change, but when they recognise the importance and the benefits for students to receive quality accreditation, they are ready to do.   

Rector of Ho Chi Minh City University of Education Huynh Van Son said that in 2018 the university started a project on quality assurance and governance, which has improved management and training under the sponsorship of the Agence Universitaire de La Francophonie (AUF), a society of universities offering training in French.

“The project has improved the awareness of university’s lecturers and managers about quality assurance in training programmes and higher education governance,” Son said.

The staff learned from experts from other universities in the country, he added.  

As part of the project, the university developed a plan to improve the professional capacity of lecturers. The university held training courses, including ones on establishing and operating a quality assurance system.

Similar projects are also being carried out at University of Medicine and Pharmacy and University of Social Sciences and Humanities under Vietnam National University HCM City.

Dr Tu Minh Thien, rector of Van Hien University in HCM City, said the university was accredited according to the Ministry of Education and Training’s new set of quality criteria in March last year.

On April 5, Van Hien University’s IT and hotel management majors in HCM City were awarded a quality accreditation certificate from the Quality Management Department and Centre for Education Quality Accreditation Centre at Da Nang University.

These majors met the ministry’s 50 quality criteria. Each year they attract nearly 200-300 students each. Around 90% of their graduates receive jobs in IT and hotel management.

Thien said the university would continue registering accreditation for undergraduate and postgraduate majors such as English language, business administration and others, according to domestic and international standards.

Dr Le My Phong, deputy head of the Quality Management Department under the Ministry of Education and Training, said that quality accreditation was very important for universities to affirm their training quality and consolidate their position in the country’s higher education system.  

According to the ministry, 150 universities and 342 training programmes nationwide are accredited by domestic centres.

The universities include member universities of Vietnam National University - Hanoi and HCM City, Quy Nhon University, Vinh University, Hong Duc University, Van Hien University, and others.

Many universities such as member universities of Vietnam National University - Hanoi and HCM City, and Ton Duc Thang University in HCM City, have been accredited by the ASEAN University Network and accreditation organisations in France and other countries.

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