The Development Trends of Higher Education in Developing Countries in the Twenty First Century: The Case Study of Vietnamese Higher Education
In almost all societies, it is argued that education is vital to social, cultural, economic and scientific development. Education contributes to the development of society through equipping people with high level knowledge and skills so that they can create technological and scientific inventions to improve people's lives. However, there is currently a paradox in many countries (including Vietnam) that education is falling behind fast developments of science and technology. Furthermore, it is slow to respond and reply to changes created in the context of economic globalization. Why is this so? Finding some answers to this question is the main issue of this paper. More specifically, using the Futures' Triangle, the paper will investigate how Vietnamese higher education is responding to impacts of globalization. For example, the paper investigates the pull, the push and the weight of history of this sector. Such investigation helps policy-makers and authorities make proper decisions in future educational policies.
Keywords: Futures' Triangle, Push of the Future, Pull of the Future, Weight of History, Utopian, Dystopian
Thi Hong Thanh Pham
PhD student, School of Education, The faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, The University of Queensland