From Pilot Project to Permanent Status: Community Colleges in Vietnam
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The primary goal of this chapter is to trace the evolution of the community college concept in Vietnam in light of local demand, national goals and global trends. Emphasis is placed on how Vietnam’s adaptation of a community college model meets the economic needs of a country in transition while also preserving its cultural identity and social values. It is the strategic relevance of these institutions in Vietnam’s changing economic structure that is of significance to “Vietnamize” elements borrowed from foreign systems of thought while maintaining Vietnamese traditions. Drawing from the personal experiences of one co-author, interviews with key stakeholders and document analysis, the authors aim to explore and contextualize how Vietnam’s community colleges have managed the forces of globalization.
KeywordsVietnam Community colleges Higher education
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