Impact of International Accreditation on the Emerging Quality Assurance System: The Vietnamese Experience

By Huu Cuong Nguyen.

Published by Change Management: An International Journal

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This article investigates the involvement of regional and international accreditation in Vietnam’s higher education system. First, it looks at the government’s regulations related to the accreditation of foreign agencies within the national territory. Second, it reviews the accreditation activities conducted by overseas accrediting agencies. Next, the study highlights the impact of regional and international accreditation on student learning, faculty development, programs, institutions, and capacity building of the quality assurance system, followed by challenges. Finally, the article provides relevant discussion. Overall, the study identifies the impacts of overseas accrediting agencies on Vietnam quality assurance mechanism, an emerging quality assurance system in the Asia-Pacific region.

Keywords: International Accreditation, Overseas Agencies, Impact, Higher Education, Quality Assurance

Change Management: An International Journal, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 650.114KB).

Huu Cuong Nguyen

PhD Candidate, School of Education, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Mr. Huu Cuong Nguyen is currently undertaking his PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership in the School of Education at The University of New South Wales, Australia. His research focuses on human resources development for higher education quality assurance and accreditation systems in Asia-Pacific Region. He completed his Master of Assessment and Evaluation at The University of Melbourne, Australia in 2011. Prior to taking his PhD programme, Huu Cuong Nguyen worked as a policy-maker in the field of higher education quality assurance and accreditation in Vietnam. He had participated in developing dozens of legal documents in educational evaluation, assessment, quality assurance and accreditation. His research interests are primarily in the areas of evaluation, assessment, quality assurance and accreditation, as well as educational policy, leadership and management.