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Thuy Anh NGUYEN / Investigation Area: Bangkok, Thailand / Singapore / Hanoi, Vietnam


Study Region(Country/City)

Bangkok,Thailand,Singapore and Hanoi,Vietnam

The objective of research

The main purpose of this trip is to interview the administrators and scholars from international and regional organizations and higher institutions to get the insights of firstly, the role of these organizations in promoting cooperation and integration among East Asian countries in the field of higher education, secondly, their opinions and evaluations on the prospect of East Asian integration in this area.

Another objective of the trip is to collect data and information on relevant policies, programs/activities of these organizations and national strategies of Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in the area of internationalization of higher education.

The trip also focuses on seeking the assessment of the international and regional organizations about Vietnam's higher education, as well as their recommendations on how to further improve Vietnam's performance in this regard.

Research Topic

Internationalization of Higher Education in Vietnam: Is Vietnam moving more towards Asian Regional Cooperation and Integration?

Since the last two decades, globalization has become an irreversible and the most influential process which takes place in almost all fields of the human life and undoubtedly education is also one of these impacted sectors. While globalization is seen as an objective and unalterable process, interntionalization is considered to be a response of countries and higher educational institutions all over the world to this process.

The recent years have witnessed remalkable growth of student mobility amongst East Asian countries and increasing number of inter-university linkages within the region. East Asia is a vast and diverse region in terms of ethnicity, culture, language, religions, political regimes, socioeconomic development and topography. In the field of higher education, varieties between East Asian countries are also remarkable. However, despite these diversities and varieties, higher educational systems in East Asia are also facing with similar problems and challenges. Therefore, it is meaningful to build up closer cooperation within the region in order for these countries to develop mutual understandlng, share lessons of experience and to support countries in need to solve persistent problems and overcome obstacles to develop their higher education systems.

Since its adoption of the "Doi Moi" line in 1986, Vietnam, an East Asian developing country, has been in a dual process of transitioning from a central planned economy to a socialism oriented market economy and integrating into a rapidly changing world. Along with the open door policy and market-oriented refoms, in recent years, Vietnam has accelerated its international integration in many fields of the socio-economy, including education. In the field of higher education, Vietnam has achieved remarkable progress in terms of magnitude, quality and efficiency, contributing to narrowing the lagging gap with regional countries. However,like many other systems in the region, higher educational system of Vietnam is also struggling with a range of chronic and emerging problems and challenges. While intenationnalization is identified to be one of the utmost priorities at both national and institutional levels in the higher educational development and reform strategies and policies of Vietnam, it is meaningful and necessary for Vietnam to strengthen and accelerate cooperation and collaboration with other East Asian countries in the field. The paper aims at studying the Asian regional cooperation and integration trend in the inteernationlization of higher education in Vietnam from 1991.

The paper will first analyze the realities and future cooperation trends and possibilities amongst Asian countries and universities in their higher education international strategies. Secondly,it will examine the internationalization of higher education in Vietnam and its Asian regional cooperation and integration trend. Thirdly, the research will propose implications for the Vietnamese government and higher educational institutions on their future direction and strategies for internationalization.


From June 3rd-10th, I conducted research in Bangkok where I visited and interviewed with administrators and scholars from Intemational and regional organizations.

From June 10th-17th, I was in Singapore where I vislted the National Institute of Education(NIE).

From June 17th-27th, I conducted the research in Hanoi where I collected data and information related to the internationalization of higher education at both national and institutional level of Vietnam from the Ministry of Education and Vietnam National University,Hanoi.

Inconclusion, the research trip is very fruitful and helpful for my research in the sense that it helps me understand more about the role of international and regional organizations in promoting East Asian integration in higher education as well as the impediments of this process. From that, I can have better analyses of the situation and give out proposals to help realize and accelerate East Asian cooperation and integration in the field.