At a recent roundtable discussion, experts discussed the choice that many parents in Vietnam are now faced with: to send their children abroad to study, or to keep them in Vietnam to study at an international university.
The event entitled Studying abroad right in Vietnam: why not? was organised by Tuoi Tre Newspaper and attended by senior leaders from the Ministry of Education and Training and local and international organisations, as well as parents and students.
RMIT Vietnam Student Recruitment Manager Le Thi Anh Thu spoke on the panel about international study environments for Vietnamese students.
“One of the biggest challenges preventing students from studying in international programs in Vietnam is that many parents are unaware of the comprehensive activities offered here,” Ms Thu said.
She added that parents are often proud to send their children abroad to study, but they do not truly understand what their children want.
“Many students have become depressed and have returned to Vietnam while studying abroad due to a lack of psychological preparation for a new environment,” Ms Thu explained.
She emphasised that whether studying abroad or in an international program in Vietnam, students should choose the right program for their needs.
Mr Pham Quang Hung, Head of the Vietnam International Education Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Education and Training, shared Ms Thu’s view.
He said that parents must consider whether studying abroad or attending an international program is a good fit for their child and their financial situation.
“It’s difficult to compare Vietnamese universities with established universities in other countries,” Mr Hung said.
“However, in Vietnam, there are some schools which have the same degrees and quality as schools in developed countries, such as RMIT Vietnam, the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (also called Vietnam France University), Vietnam Japan University and Vietnamese-German University.”
RMIT Vietnam Bachelor of Digital Marketing student Luu Thai Quang Khai, who also spoke on the panel, explained why he chose to study at RMIT Vietnam instead of studying abroad.
“One of the biggest advantages for marketers is to have good local insights,” said Khai, who recently won first runner-up in the 2018 HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition, along with his team.
“If I had studied abroad, I would have limited knowledge of the Vietnamese market.
“In my view, students who study abroad will not be able to understand their home country: the economic situation, the environment, customer mindsets or insights. In fact, many overseas learners have returned to Vietnam to work in startups but failed to understand the local market.”
RMIT Vietnam currently has 6000 students across both campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. International students account for nearly 10 per cent of this figure.
Tuition fees in Vietnam are a third of the fees to study in Melbourne. RMIT Vietnam offers students a global exchange experience with RMIT University in Australia and more than 200 institutional partners in over 45 countries with the same tuition fees as in Vietnam.