Implementing the Vietnamese Qualifications Framework: Promoting Quality and Relevance in Higher Education
Viet Nam is making new commitments toward promoting the quality and relevance of its higher education and training systems. These issues are strategic long-term priorities that Viet Nam must address if the country is to take full advantage of integration with ASEAN and the greater Asia-Pacific region.
Together with UNESCO and Skills Consulting Group (New Zealand), and the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Viet Nam is working to establish new advisory committees to develop and help maintain quality standards through implementation of the Vietnamese Qualifications Framework (VQF). For VQF to be meaningful to stakeholders (i.e. workers, learners, education providers, and employers), an improved awareness and understanding of how to use the VQF is important for building confidence in the quality of higher education and referencing processes. This involves defining conceptual knowledge sets and promoting an understanding of professional mastery at the highest levels of competence (Figure 1).
With support from the Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust, the aim of the technical assistance project is to develop a set of useful case studies for implementing the VQF that combines skills, knowledge, and attitudes to align with Viet Nam’s needs and with those of international partners. Experts from ASEAN countries, Aus4Skills, Australia and New Zealand are supporting MOET’s development efforts.
As part of this collaboration, over 130 university leaders in Viet Nam, as well as quality assurance officials and experts from the region met online on 19 August 2021 to identify shared priorities and strategies for collaboration. Four working groups discussed quality standards in selected disciplines and shared lessons learned across their diverse contexts and institutional settings. Going forward, MOET will establish new advisory committees for promoting expected learning outcomes and relevant standards for each of the following four disciplines:
- Construction and Architecture
- Finance and Accounting
- Agriculture and Fisheries
Throughout the development process, MOET, UNESCO and Skills Consulting Group will gather and share promising practices as part of a series of ten webinars in 2021. Prospective speakers and partners are invited to contact UNESCO offices in Hanoi or Bangkok to contribute, or to explore similar needs in their local context.
Contact: UNESCO Bangkok, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD): firstname.lastname@example.org.