Building standards for higher education institutions: Importance and Objectives

7 July, 2023

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has proactively implemented the work of developing and promulgating regulations on Higher Education Institution Standards (Higher Education), in order to promote the process of perfecting the legal system related to higher education. according to the provisions of the Law on Higher Education. This also creates innovation in state management under the autonomy mechanism of universities.



“Deputy Director of the Department of Higher Education Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy: The Draft Higher Education Standards have been developed in a way that most of the criteria in the Draft Standards are consistent with international practices to ensure integration but at the same time appropriateness. with practical characteristics in Vietnam” (Source:

Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, Deputy Director of the Department of Higher Education (Ministry of Education and Training), emphasized that the development of a draft Circular on Standards of higher education training facilities is necessary. Article 104 of the 2019 Education Law clearly defines one of the tasks of state management of education as “promulgating educational institution standards”.

Along with that, Article 11 of the Law amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law on Higher Education (Law No. 34) clearly stipulates the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Training in “regulating higher education standards including: higher education facility standards, training program standards.” create…” and also request “issue standards for higher education facilities to implement planning”.

Under the importance of building Higher Education Facility Standards, the Ministry of Education and Training undertakes the responsibility of developing and promulgating relevant regulations, in order to perfect the legal framework related to higher education according to the provisions of Law No. 34. This Article will help create change and innovation in state management according to the autonomy mechanism of universities. This acknowledges the important significance of training high-quality human resources, while implementing the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress.

The main purpose of using Institutional Standards is to carry out state management of higher education, plan and arrange the network of higher education institutions, and create conditions for the establishment and training activities of universities. study and academy. In addition, the Standards also aim to ensure the quality of higher education, review and monitor conditions and criteria for opening majors, maintaining training sector activities, determining enrollment targets and organizing enrollment.

Higher education institution standards are built on important principles.

  • First, it defines a set of minimum requirements that higher education institutions must comply with, and will be evaluated through corresponding criteria and indicators.
  • Second, the system of standards, criteria and indicators of the Standard is designed to cover the main operating conditions and results of higher education institutions. This ensures practicality, feasibility and quantification.
  • Third, the Basic Standard is designed so that it is inherited from Vietnamese regulations as well as compatible with international higher education standards, and at the same time suitable for Vietnam’s characteristics.
  • Fourth, learners are put first
  • Fifth, Standards must ensure transparency and have the ability to be monitored by the entire society.

Higher education institution standards include 6 standards and 26 criteria. Standards related to organization and administration, faculty, teaching conditions, finance, enrollment and training, as well as research and innovation. This is an important step in ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the higher education system in Vietnam.

Ngoc Bich