Tết in Việt Năm

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Policy Brief: Expanding Vietnamese Private Higher Education

Abstract: This brief provides recommendations to assist Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training reach its goal of 40% private sector enrollment. This brief begins by explaining Vietnam’s rationale for expanding higher education enrollment. It explores the historical context of Vietnamese higher education policy, discusses the results of past reforms and notes how academic quality, financial stability, and low reputation hinders private sector enrollment. It concludes with … Continue reading Policy Brief: Expanding Vietnamese Private Higher Education

Mixing Languages or Balling Socks?

The purpose of this entry is to share my daily life with my friends and family and to preserve some of my fleeting thoughts. The purpose of my entire blog is to preserve some parts of my experience so that I can look back on these entries and remember what I thought and when I thought it. As this blog turns nine years old, ancient … Continue reading Mixing Languages or Balling Socks?

Back in Southeast Asia

I felt a twinge of excitement in my heart when I arrived at Taipei International Airport. I was excited to be back in Asia. Surrounded by a sense of new adventure and familiarity. It was fun to order Taiwanese foods and rediscover items in the convenience stores while I waited for my flight to Vietnam.   And then I felt a thud in my heart … Continue reading Back in Southeast Asia

Transitions to Marketization: Vietnam and Poland

  Executive Summary The following essay focuses on the challenges and successes of Vietnam’s higher education system since marketization in 1986. The essay explores the initial reforms, demands, and requirements of the knowledge economy on modern Vietnam. The essay draws on the experience of Poland’s post-soviet marketization to offer strategies of public-fees, expansion of the private sector, and loan incentives. The essay will justify how … Continue reading Transitions to Marketization: Vietnam and Poland

The Quantitative Challenge to Vietnamese Higher Education

In 1986, Vietnam began to open and decentralize its’ economy. This policy shift is termed Doi Moi | Rejuvenation. For our purposes, the story of Vietnam’s educational advancement will begin here. Until Doi Moi private enterprise including educational ventures were largely prohibited. Tertiary: a collective noun for both university (bachelors+) and college (associates) institutes. Tertiary Institutes since Doi Moi   1987 1997 2009 2010 Total … Continue reading The Quantitative Challenge to Vietnamese Higher Education

Challenges in Learning Vietnamese

When I was fifteen I started studying Japanese. At that time, I learned very quickly and rarely forgot anything, but ten years later, at twenty-five, my learning process for Vietnamese is quite different. Considering that I will live in Vietnam for one year, I have much less skill to show for my effort relative to the year I spent in Japan. The following will explore … Continue reading Challenges in Learning Vietnamese

On the Japanese & Vietnamese Language

Simply put the Japanese and Vietnamese language share in common Chinese influence. This influence can be readily seen in modern vocabulary and be inferred from the writing systems both past and present. Although their shared heritage is well documented by linguists and historical fact, I stumbled upon it myself over the last three months of learning Vietnamese. Continue reading On the Japanese & Vietnamese Language