n Vietnam, educational quality accreditation system has been emerged and developed in the late 90s of the last century, associated with the operation of the projects of World Bank (such as High Education Program 1 and 2) and Asian Development Bank (Vocational and Technical Education Project). In fact, educational quality accreditation, first legalized and put into practice with the accreditation regulations and standards issued by The Ministry of Education and Training in 2005. Thanks to proper attention of both educators and policy-makers, quality assurance and accreditation culture has quickly penetrated into the education system, especially higher education. Educational quality accreditation of University and Vocational institution has been implemented from 2006. Until early 2009, there were 20 universities and 15 vocational institutions accredited. Currently in Vietnam, there are 2 government agencies responsible for educational quality accreditation:
1. Department of Educational Testing and Accreditation - Ministry of Education and Training: being responsible for accreditation of universities, colleges, high schools and all training programs of these institutions.
2. Vocationl Accreditation Department of General Department of Vocational Training - Ministry of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs: being responsible for accrediting vocational instutions and their training programs.
Educational quality accreditation is quite a new activity to Vietnam education system . In a circumstance that Vietnam was in a shortage of experience and expertise in education assessment and accreditation, IIG Vietnam has proved to be the most professional in education testing services and has significant contribution to the country’s smooth start-up in this field. This can be recognized with two high-lighted activities:
In 2007, as the country representative of ETS, IIG Vietnam coordinated the external reviews of eight higher education institutions in Vietnam. These are the first universities of Vietnam experienced full procedure of educational quality accreditation. The assessments were implemented by teams combined of both domestic and international experts, and were evaluated successful by the World Bank and the Higher Education Project, who were the activity’s donor and contractor respectively. Eight insitutions include key universities througout the country, those were Hanoi National University of Education, Hanoi Foreign Trade University, NhaTrang University, Pedagogy College – Hue University, HCM City University of Agriculture and Forestry, etc.
Besides, IIG Vietnam has successfully implemented the training program in vocational external review for Vietnam General Department of Vocational Training, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. The 35 trainees are expected to be the first Vietnamese accreditators in the field of vocational quality accreditation. The training course was held through 22 days, combining theoritical and practical lessons on field trips, having been said to be the most professional training course in educational quality accreditation in Vietnam so far.
This experience is possibly an evidence proving that IIG Vietnam is the first independent leading accreditation agency in Vietnam, sufficiently competent in management and expertise as well to develop its image and reputation in Vietnam education and training accreditation.