The Development Trends of Higher Education in Developing Countries in the Twenty First Century: The Case Study of Vietnamese Higher Education

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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
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Thi Hong Thanh Pham

PhD student, School of Education, The faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Pham Thi Hong Thanh completed her Master degree in educational management at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2006. Now she is working on her PhD degree at the same University of Queensland. Thanh's research interest is how to develop education in developing countries. For example, she pays attention to investiagting how developing countries should take advantage of what is called 'globalization' to change their educational system. At present Thanh is studying how to promote teaching and learning in Asian countries under the impact of global forces. She has produced a number of journal publications and conference papers both inside and outside Australia in this field.

Ref: I08P0494