Higher Education in Vietnam Gets a Low Grade

A new Economist article chides Vietnam for failing to upgrade its education system in ways that harness the country’s brainpower.  It points out Ngo Bao Chau, a Vietnamese math genius who was his country’s first winner of a Fields Medal, is a professor at the University of Chicago and a citizen of France, where he completed his doctorate.

The Economist says that’s a sign Vietnam needs to reform its higher education system — which is archaic with outdated teaching methods; stuffed with cronies and smothered by Communist orthodoxy; and stifled by censorship, interference, and poos compensation.

Vietnam spends more on education than its neighbors, literacy rates are high, and parents sacrifice much to put their children through college.  Those who can afford to go overseas, and the brightest often to not return.  The country needs to strengthen its university system to take the next steps in its economic development.

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