Many universities are facing a shortage of hundreds of students
this academic year.
The problem was raised during the review conference for 2016-2017 academic
year and this year held by the Ministry of Education and Training on August
As students can apply to multiple institutions before admission standards are
set, the universities face an inaccurate number of applications every year.
According to the ministry, as of August 8, about 110,000 out of 352,000
students didn't register for the universities they applied to.
Many universities such as the University of Communications and Transport, National
University of Civil Engineering and Water Resources University lack from 300
to 800 students compared to their quota even though the ministry claimed to
have the situation under control. The universities had called each student
but they all wanted to register to other universities or had other plans.
Students apply to Ho Chi Minh
City University of Pedagogy
When being asked, Minister of
Education Phung Xuan Nha said, "It's not too difficult to understand why
110,000 students didn't register. Educational institutions need to compete.
Students will feel more secure to apply to quality institutions."
Nha warned the universities not to recruit too many students for popular
courses even though there are few jobs in those sectors.
Hoang Minh Son, head of Hanoi University of Science and Technology said
universities should invest more into consultancy, market research and
Also at the meeting, many complained that the tests this year seemed to
result in too many maximum scores which lead to impossibly high entrance
scores at some universities.
Nha said the exam was transparent and there were still many average-scoring
students. However, too many students applied to popular universities like
Hanoi Medical University. Places at these universities were actually halved
which made competition tougher. He promised the technology and framework
would be improved next year.