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Vocational credit to be transferable to colleges

Update: November, 03/2010 - 10:37

HCM CITY — Students at two-year vocational schools and colleges will be allowed to transfer to colleges and universities, according to a new policy from the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

In the past, only some colleges and universities in HCM City, Ha Noi and Hung Yen and Binh Duong provinces have opened their programmes to vocational-school students.

The students must have achieved good marks and have two-year work experience in order to apply to the bachelor degree programmes.

However, under the new policy, they do not need to have two years of work experience.

Students at two-year vocational schools must transfer within one and half to two years.

It will take them from three to four years to complete their bachelor's degree.

According to the draft, colleges and universities will have to develop criteria on the kind of training or coursework that can be transferred from vocational schools to colleges or universities.

In order to avoid overlap, it will have to be approved by the Ministry of Education and Training and based on curricula developed by the ministry.

Bui Van Ga, deputy minister of Education and Training, said colleges and universities must post information on the training that can be transferred on their websites. The ministry will give guidance to colleges and universities on curricula. —VNS

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