Top legislator stresses greater autonomy for universities - Top legislator stresses greater autonomy for universities - Website Ho Chi Minh City
Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan stressed the importance of greater autonomy for Vietnamese universities to help them meet international standards and integrate globally while meeting with lecturers and students of the Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City on September 4 on the occasion of the new 2018-2019 academic year.
“Autonomy does not mean loose management and it must come with accountability, responsibility and transparency,” she said.
The responsibility will require educational institutes to survive by their quality, not by short-term solutions, she said.
The NA leader asked the Vietnam National University HCM City to focus on improving its training quality and teacher’s creativity to educate young students as well as promote scientific research activities to develop the university into a high-quality scientific research and technology transfer centre.
The university needs to soon complete the construction of Vietnam’s first university urban area, she requested.
The Vietnam National University HCM City urban area along with a hi-tech area and cultural village of ethnic groups located at the city’s gateway, the centre of the key economic zone in southeast region, will not only belong to the university but also become a scientific and cultural centre of the region, she added.
Talking to the university’s students, Ngan mentioned the State’s supervising role in creating and developing the higher education environment.
“The role of the State is not to control but to create rules and supervise their implementation,” she stated.
She said that Ministry of Education and Training along with national universities will help make changes regarding curricula and training methods towards global integration.
Educational institutes should be granted the right to have their own recruitment criteria and take responsibility in terms of training quality, she added.
Vietnam National University HCM City is the first unit in the country to make training innovations and launch the training of talented students and engineers.
This year, the university and the Vietnam National University Hanoi have become the first two universities in Vietnam to be listed by Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings of the UK among the top 1,000 excellent universities in the world.