Higher Education, COVID-19 Pandemic, Consequences, Vietnam, Students
Nguyen, Dr. Que Dang
COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted every nation and Vietnam is not an exception. Its consequences will still be felt for years to come. The last few years witnessed enormous efforts of Vietnam to transform and improve the higher education, but COVID-19 could destabilize the system with dire consequences. It rises inequalities due to the application of distance learning; decreases the quality of teaching and learning; narrows the financial resources of higher education institutions (HEIs), exacerbates post-graduation unemployment, and pushes private institutions into risks. Therefore, urgent actions at national level are required to be ready when the pandemic is over, otherwise the recovery of the whole system could be too slow. This article highlights some of these consequences in purpose of giving policymakers, leaders of HEIs and other stake holders in Vietnam a better preparation.