Saturday 22 March 2014

Quality of Vietnamese doctorates cause for deep concern

VietnamNet, dtinews | March 10, 2014 08:42 PM

Vietnam now tops Southeast Asia in the number of doctors, but the country is ranked among regional countries in being one the lowest in the scientific research effectiveness of the training system.

Quality of Vietnamese doctorates cause for deep concern 

Vietnam now has 24,300 doctors and 101,000 masters, up 11.6% compared to 1996. The number of doctors in the country has seen an annual increase of 7%, and the rate for master is 14%, according to the statistics from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The number of doctors in Vietnam from the position of deputy minister is five times higher than that in Japan, said Dr. Nguyen Khac Hung, from the National Academy of Public Administration.

Recently, Hanoi announced that by 2020 all cadres managed by the municipal committee must have postgraduate degrees, half of them are doctorates. Meanwhile, all key cadres of communes and wards must have a university education.

Most of leaders of groups and corporations in Vietnam are currently doctors.

Despite boasting the high number of those holding doctorate degrees in Southeast Asia, Vietnam’s scientific research is listed in the lowest group in the region. Vietnam still lacks inventions of regional stature.

Dr. Pham Bich San, Deputy Head of Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, said Vietnam tops Southeast Asia in terms of the number of doctors, but no Vietnamese university is named in the top 500 universities worldwide.

Fake degrees

Over the past few years, many cases of fake doctors and masters have been exposed in Vietnam.

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, Director of Phu Tho Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, was found to have a fake doctorate degree from the University of South Pacific in the US. In fact, he only had an economic master degree after attending an in-service training course held in Viet Tri City.

Nguyen Van Ngoc, Deputy Secretary of Yen Bai Province Party Committee, was also found to lack a doctorate degree.

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