Theories, Practices and Lessons for Vietnam


The Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts (AVSE Global) and Foreign Trade University are pleased to invite higher education leaders and scholars of all relevant backgrounds, in various specialist areas and at different levels to join us in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 27th2018 for the 1st Vietnam Education Symposium on International Experiences on Higher Education Autonomy.

Since 2014, the implementation of autonomy in Vietnamese higher education institutions has achieved several appreciable results such as reducing administrative procedures, increasing the innovation and flexibility in university management system. However, autonomy has not become a driving force for Vietnamese public universities to promote initiatives, improve operational efficiency and enhance their competing capability in a changing education environment. There is still much to be done to achieve an efficient autonomous higher education, especially in finance, personnel, enrollment and asset management aspects.

The Conference aims at bringing together international experts and all stakeholders concerned by the higher education in Vietnam - the government, policymakers, institutional leaders, academics, etc. -  in order to discuss international practices, experiences and trends in higher education autonomy and their implications for institutional autonomy path in Vietnam. Representatives from World Bank, British Council and foreign embassies will also participate. This is the first edition of the annual Vietnam Education Summit organized by AVSE-Global.

We sincerely thank the British Council in Vietnam for their support and contribution of knowledge and finance for this event.


  • Sector Governance: the legal framework for institutional autonomy

  • Autonomy and Institutional governance: from theories to practices

  • University-Industry Linkages

  • Dimensions of university autonomy unpacked: Organizational autonomy, Staffing Autonomy, Financial Autonomy, and Academic Autonomy


The conference on Higher Education Autonomy in Vietnam 2018 welcomes everyone with an interest in the higher education autonomy in Vietnam. Participants of the event include, but are not limited to:

  • Policymakers, scholars and higher education institution leaders from foreign countries who would like to share practical experiences;

  • Vietnam’s policymakers and institutional leaders who would like to discuss and provide suggestions for policies and regulations regarding higher education autonomy;

Scholars, academics and researchers who would like to undertake studies on institutional autonomy in Vietnam.



For this first edition, we are honored to welcome following keynote speakers: 

Prof. Philippe Aghion
Harvard University
Prof. Atshusi Kajii
Kyoto University 
Dr Jane Davidson
Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK
Mr Robert Owen Humphreys
CBE FLSW, member of the HEFCW Council, former Director of the Open University in Wales
Mr. Dilip Parajuli 
Senior Economist, World Bank 
Prof. Pham Duy Nghia
Fulbright Economics Teaching Program 
Dr. Anna-Klara Lindeborg
Uppsala University, Sweden
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dao Thi Thu Giang
Foreign Trade University 
Prof. Nguyen Duc Khuong
IPAG Business School  




8h00 - 8h30

Reception & Introduction

8h30 - 8h35

Opening Speech

Prof. Dr. Bui Anh Tuan, President of the Foreign Trade University

8h35 - 8h40

Welcome Speech

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duc Khuong, President of the Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts

8h40 - 8h45

Welcome Speech 

Representative of Ministry of Education and Training

8h45 - 9h00

International experiences on Higher Education Autonomy: Overview

AVSE Global's Research Group and Foreign Trade University

Session 1: Higher Education Autonomy: System level

9h00 - 9h15

Vietnam Higher Education Strategy 2035: World Bank's support

Dilip Parajuli - Senior Education Economist, The World Bank Group

9h15 - 9h30

Governance of higher education system: Legal Framework

Prof. Dr. Pham Duy Nghia - Fulbright University Vietnam

9h30 - 9h45

Higher education Funding: The case of HEFCW and Lessons for Vietnam 

Prof. Robert Owen Humphreys - CBE FLSW, member of the HEFCW Council, former Director of the Open University in Wales, UK

9h45 - 10h30

Panel Discussion 1:

Higher education financing

10h30 - 10h45

Tea & Coffee break

Session 2: Higher Education Autonomy: Institutional level

10h45 - 11h00

The case of Kyoto University

Prof. Atsushi Kajii - Kyoto University, Japan

11h00 - 11h15

Leadership and institutional governance

Dr. Jane Davidson Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, former Cabinet Minister, UK

11h15 - 11h30

Academic Autonomy: The case of Uppsala University

Dr. Anna-Klara, Uppsala University, Sweden

11h30 - 12h15

Panel Discussion 2:

Institutional governance - autonomy

12h15 - 12h30

University - Industry linkages

Prof. Philippe Aghion - Harvard University, USA (conference call)

12h30 - 12h35

Closing Remarks

Prof. Dr. Dao Thi Thu Giang, the Foreign Trade University

12h35 - 14h00

Lunch break & Networking


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