The Perception of Employability and the Subsequent Role of Higher Education in Vietnam

By Thi Tuyet (June) Tran.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Under the impact of globalization and with the adoption of an open door policy in 1986, the Vietnamese economy has developed quite impressively. Vietnamese higher education has also developed quickly to meet the manpower needs of industry. However, university graduates do not seem to satisfy the industry especially when many graduates have still been struggling to enter the labor market, many end up unemployed or underemployed, while employers still complain about their difficulties in finding graduates with the required knowledge and skills. This paper attempts to explore the perception of graduate employability among students and recent graduates in the Vietnamese higher education system. By conducting qualitative research inviting the voices of both university students and recent graduates, this article aims to investigate the main reasons which hinder the efforts of university graduates to make a smooth transition into the workplace. The role of universities, thus, is hopefully identified to bring adequate support and guidance for students to face one of the most challenging transitions in students’ lives.

Keywords: Graduate Employability, Higher Education, Industry, Vietnam

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 560.193KB).

Thi Tuyet (June) Tran

Student, Faculty of Education - La Trobe University, University of Languages and International Studies - VNU, La Trobe University; Vietnam National University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thi Tuyet (June) Tran is a senior lecturer in Vietnam National University, Hanoi. She has been engaged in the Vietnamese higher education system since 1996 and has taken up different positions, such as administrator, lecturer, researcher, and manager. She is currently teaching at La Trobe Melbourne and working toward her Doctor of Education at La Trobe University, Australia. Her main research interests are educational policies, student learning style, international education and graduate employability.


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