Reforming the governance of higher education in Vietnam

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Khanh, DV & Hayden, M 2010, 'Reforming the governance of higher education in Vietnam', in G Harman, M Hayden & PT Nghi (eds), Reforming higher education in Vietnam : challenges and priorities, Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 129-142. ISBN: 9789048136933


Vietnam has been slow to modernise the governance of its higher education system. The forms and structures of governance established during the period of Soviet influence from the mid-1950s up until the end of the 1980s have remained largely intact. Recently, however, within the framework of the Higher Education Reform Agenda (HEAR), the government has made a significant commitment to reform in the way the system is governed. This chapter addresses four reform measures in HEAR concerning governance of the higher education system. Of interest are the implications of these measures in terms of modernisation of governance of the system. Challenges likely to be encountered in implementing these measures are also discussed. The chapter draws on official documentation and on interview data collected from well-placed senior academics and bureaucrats. It is informed also by a small but developing body of literature on higher education governance in Vietnam.