Saturday, January 12, 2008

Vietnam has 7 universities in Southeast Asia's top 100

HANOI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has seven universities in the top 100 in Southeast Asia, as ranked by Webometrics, a Spanish ranking system of world universities, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Friday.

Webometrics ranked Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Sciences number 28 in the region and 1,920 in the world; Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology 36 and 2,190; Can Tho University 47 and 2,532; National University of Hanoi 54 and 2,850;Hanoi University of Technology 62 and 3,156; Technology University90 and 4,217; and National University of Ho Chi Minh City 96 and 4,462.

Also on the top 100, Thailand has 41 universities, Myanmar 18, Indonesia 14, the Philippines 13, and Singapore 7.

Only half of university and college graduates in Vietnam find jobs right after their graduation, according to a recent survey by the country's Ministry of Education and Training. Syllabuses of many educational establishments in Vietnam, now home to 1,540,201 university and college students or 181 students per 10,000 residents, focus too much on theory, not practical skills.

The Vietnamese government has set a target of 200 tertiary students for every 10,000 people by 2010, 300 by 2015, and 450 by 2020.