Education In Vietnam Essay

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On the other hand, college admissions in Vietnam is based on score from a national college entrance examination, which is usually held in July annually. People consider it is the most important test in their life. Every year, there are approximately 1.9 million high school seniors in Vietnam take the test. Reflecting the country 's rapid modernization, the government seeks to reach worldwide averages by 2020; additionally, a generation of teenagers now views college education as a essential requirement. The problem is, the college education system hasn 't grown, or improved, at a rate commensurate with demand. Vietnam, with 89 million people, has fewer than 400 colleges and universities. The United States, with 310 million people, has more …show more content…
The U.S and Vietnam systems of higher education have the same “currency” to measure academic progress – the credit. Each course is worth a certain number of credits or credit hours. This number is roughly the same as the number of hours a student spends in class for that course each week. These two education systems also have a similar undergraduate curriculum, which consist of two components – general education and major field of study. In the U.S, students choose their major either upon enrolling or after completing their second year of studies, they can transfer to other universities with the amount of credit earned from the previous schools. However, in Vietnam, high school students have to decide their major in their senior year. Before taking the examination, a well-prepared application including high school diploma and extracurricular activities list are sent to the university that they are trying to get into. In the meantime, if students want to change their major, they have to retake the entrance test again in July. Students in Vietnam do not choose what classes they want to take. Curriculum is set on a national and sometimes university level with all classes already being pre-determined for the students. Students also go to the same classes with the same group of classmates for all four - five …show more content…
American universities are centered on student’s learning experience. Therefore, lectures are often followed by smaller discussion groups. Studying is based on project works and research from the very first semester. Students have far more personal engagement with their peers, professors, and ultimately, with their chosen subject field. Classes range from large lectures with several hundred students to smaller classes and seminars (discussion classes) with only a few students. The American university classroom atmosphere is very dynamic. You will be expected to share your opinion, argue your point, participate in class discussions and give presentations. International students find this one of the most surprising aspects of the American education system. Because the US system emphasizes breadth, courses require weekly or even biweekly readings as well as other assignments such as small writing projects, major research papers, and oral presentations throughout the course. In addition, your grades will be based on your performance on the variety of assignments, with a final exam making up only a percentage of your total grade. In another way, student-professor interaction is very limited in Vietnam universities. Lectures are the most common teaching style in Vietnam universities, while seminars are usually reserved for juniors and seniors. Exams are more often oral

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