PM seeks opinions on key issues facing private universities

Tuesday, 2016-12-13 05:35:36
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc awards the Labour Order, first class, to the Hanoi University of Business and Technology.
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NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his desire to hear viewpoints of the Hanoi University of Business and Technology (HUBT) on four key issues facing private universities while attending the institution’s 20th anniversary on December 13.

In his remarks, the Government leader raised four questions on student enrolment, administrative autonomy, resources for development and educational properties.

The PM said that many private universities often face difficulties with enrolment numbers and asked the HBUT to propose solutions to attract students as well as those to enhance the autonomy of universities, particularly among private institutions.

He also asked the university for voicing their opinions on what the Government could do to help private universities mobilise financial and human resources for development and to facilitate their access to land to build university campuses.

The HUBT was founded in 1996 as one of the first private universities in Vietnam. The institution is currently headed by Professor Tran Phuong, a former deputy prime minister.

The institution has grown significantly over the past two decades from only three disciplines when it was first founded to a total of 20 disciplines at present. It employs a teaching staff of nearly 800, all of which hold a doctor’s degree or master’s degree.

The universities have enrolled a total of 117,000 students over the past 20 years, including 1,000 foreign students from Laos and Cambodia.

At the anniversary ceremony, PM Phuc highly praised Professor Tran Phuong, who, after retiring from a Government post, still devotes his life to the cause of education and building the HUBT into the university it is today.

On the occasion, the prime minister awarded the Labour Order, first class, to the HUBT and expressed hope that the institution would make further contributions to fine-tuning the private university model in Vietnam.