Vietnam inspectors call for disqualification of 2,000 college, university degrees
People stand during a ceremony in Hanoi this March, waiting to receive their business administration master degrees from a training program which was later found to be conducted with illegal partnership with the US Griggs University.
The Vietnamese government should disqualify more than 2,000 graduate and postgraduate degrees awarded through illegal cooperation between Vietnamese institutesÂ and foreign counterparts, state inspectors have suggested.
A Tuoi Tre newspaper report Monday cited members from the State Inspectorate as saying the degrees were granted by the Centre for Educational Technology and Career Development, and the School of Economics, at Vietnam National University-Hanoi, in partnership with foreign institutions.
The degrees were granted byÂ programs offered by the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics, HCMC University of Technology Education, Hanoi Open University, Can Tho University in the Mekong Delta, and Vinh University in central Vietnam.
Nearly half of 419 programs offeredÂ in theÂ 2006-2010 period were conducted without permission from the Ministry of Education and Training.
Most of the 94 foreign partners involved, like the US-based Griggs University and Delaware State University, are at lower levels than Vietnamese schools, such as local compared to national universities,Â the inspectors said.
Many programs did not hold entrance exams as required, while others offered easy eligibility. Applicants for master programs, for instance,Â did not need to graduateÂ with theÂ same majors in their undergraduate degrees or have a foreign language proficiency certificate, the inspectors found.
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The inspectors have suggested the programs are suspended and the director of the Vietnam National University-Hanoi be held responsible for allowing the violations.
The schoolsÂ have beenÂ asked to return US$1,170,000Â in tuition fees paid for the programs.
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