Vietnam-Uk Education in Comparision Essay

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CHANGES IN VIETNAM AND THE UK’S HIGHER EDUCATION – A COMPARISON by HY HOANG THIEN QUACH A thesis submitted to the University of Birmingham for the degree of MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY School of Education University of Birmingham June 2013 University of Birmingham Research Archive e-theses repository This unpublished thesis/dissertation is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights of the author or third parties in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this thesis/dissertation must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder. ABSTRACT Based on international league tables and widely-held perceptions, higher education in Vietnam compares unfavourably to other countries, especially developed nations like the United Kingdom1. However, in terms of challenges, Vietnam and The UK both encounter many problems in higher education including financial matters and changes in policies. Nevertheless, in the global arena, the UK’s tertiary system appears to completely surpass Vietnam’s. This thesis is based on an empirical study within the interpretive paradigm and the framework of comparative education, seeking to understand the concepts of a university, mission and quality in Vietnam and the UK since 1992. The sites were Vietnamese and British universities established before and after 1992 for the comparison across and within the two countries. Following an historical analysis based on policy changes, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 37 participants, including lecturers and students. The data were detailed, illuminating the current perceptions and the

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