Oct 28, 2012

Vietnam - Private schools risk losing licenses for backsliding

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Four private schools will likely have their licenses withdrawn for defying a ban on enrollment for unauthorized joint programs, according to a ministry document.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has recently asked the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City in writing to strip the business permits of the Singapore Informatics and Business Management Education Company (SIBME), the Melior Business School Vietnam, ERC Institute Vietnam (ERC), and the Institute of Finance and Administration (IFA).

MoET explained that it had required them in May to cease running a number of unapproved undergraduate programs in cooperation with foreign schools, and stop all the related marketing and consulting tasks.

They were then handed a cash fine for these violations as well, the ministry added.

But a MoET inspection in September revealed that the four ignored this ruling to continue these unsanctioned activities, it said.

In another development, the education ministry announced Sunday a VND70 million (US$3,360) total fine imposed on five educational institutions which had been found enrolling or running illegal courses in collaboration with international partners.

The quintet are Saigon University in Ho Chi Minh City, Phuong Dong University in Hanoi, the Institute of Informatics and Applied Economics Research in the southern province of Dong Nai, the Oriental Research Development Institute under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, and Sara Hanoi Joint Stock Company, located in the capital city.


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