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Universities urged to raise calibre of part-time courses

Update: December, 23/2013 - 09:35

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HCM CITY (VNS) — Universities and colleges should make efforts to improve the quality of their part-time training programmes, experts said at a recent workshop.

Ngo Minh Oanh, head of the Institute for Education Research, said this is critical to reducing the load on the education system and implementing the policy of diversifying training forms.

Part-time courses have mushroomed in recent years because they are lucrative, he said.

But many have ignored the need to keep the quality of the training high, he added.

Dr Nguyen Hai Hang, deputy director and head of training affairs at the Viet Nam Airline Aviation Academy, said universities should not focus only on revenue and ensure training quality is good.

Nguyen Van Thang of the Hue University of Education blamed the low quality on failure to focus on learning, with most enrolling just to get a degree.

Some universities like his set the bar high for admission to these courses but end up not attracting many applicants, he said.

Referring to other shortcomings, he said many universities do not update curricula for the programmes and teach just theory.

For instance, chemistry and physics students at his university never do experiments in the laboratory.

Pham Thi Lan Phuong of the Institute for Education Research said universities and colleges should focus on updating curricula.

The size of classrooms should be reduced, she said, pointing out that online learning would be appropriate for these programmes.

Nguyen Cao Dat, vice rector of the Cuu Long University, stressed the role of university leaders, saying they should pay more attention to training quality and have solutions for improving if it is poor.

Tests and assessment should be similar to that of regular courses to ensure quality, he added. — VNS

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