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ERIC Number: EJ794132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-25
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Vietnam's Half-Hearted Welcome Home
Overland, Martha Ann
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n33 pA1 Apr 2008
Twenty years ago, Vietnam's closed-door policy meant its students were restricted to the former Soviet-bloc countries. Today they study all over the world--about 6,000 are in the United States alone. In many cases, their tuition and living expenses are paid by foreign governments and private charitable organizations. Fulbright, the Ford Foundation, and others are all trying to raise the level of scholarship in Vietnam. Yet upon their return, many academics are asking what they are coming back to. Those who come home after their studies--and nearly all do--are frustrated that what they learned is either of little interest to their departments or considered possibly dangerous by their universities. Suspicious administrators have even used closed-circuit television to monitor the lectures of newly returned professors. Academics also say they simply can't live on what the average professor earns--about $100 per month--and have to take second and third jobs. Many complain that their skills are being wasted. One master's degree holder was assigned by her university to operate the copy machine and make tea. Though all the returning academics interviewed for this article said they had come back to teach, which holds great honor in Vietnamese society, all had left the university or said they would leave if they could.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vietnam