ERIC Number: EJ1064441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
What Factors Influence Vietnamese Students' Choice of University?
Dao, Mai Thi Ngoc; Thorpe, Anthony
International Journal of Educational Management, v29 n5 p666-681 2015
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report the factors that influence Vietnamese students' choice of university in a little researched context where the effects of globalization and education reform are changing higher education. Design/methodology/approach: A quantitative survey was completed by 1,124 current or recently completed university students in Vietnam. Marketing approaches are drawn upon to inform the exploration and understanding of student choice and decision making. Findings: The factor analysed data showed the nine key factors influencing student decisions, in order of significance, as facilities and services, programme, price, offline information, opinions, online information, ways of communication, programme additions, and advertising. There are significant correlations in the Vietnamese context between the factors of price and facilities, and services and programme, and differences between genders and types of students in choosing a university. Research limitations/implications: Whilst this paper is a starting point, more research is needed in the Vietnamese context with deeper levels of analysis including the differences between types of universities and fields/disciplines, in addition to wider sampling. Practical implications: A greater understanding of the Vietnamese context helps to inform marketing practices in a country experiencing increasing competition in higher education. Social implications: Findings from studies in other contexts many not be directly transferrable to Vietnamese universities suggesting the need for a contextual understanding of these factors and a suitably nuanced marketing response. Originality/value: This paper identifies the need for cultural understanding of little researched contexts and calls for further research which does not assume all cultures and contexts will have the same underlying Vietnamese model of university choice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Choice, Statistical Analysis, College Students, Surveys, Marketing, Factor Analysis, Decision Making, Educational Facilities, Institutional Characteristics, Programs, Costs, Access to Information, Attitude Measures, Communication Strategies, Advertising, Correlation, Gender Differences, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vietnam