Grading Vietnam’s higher education reforms

Delegates attend the opening ceremony of the 12th National Congress of Vietnam's Communist Party in Hanoi, Vietnam, 21 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Tran Van Hoa, Victoria University and University of Wollongong

Vietnam has announced a bold new higher education reform agenda. The government of Vietnam will offer up to 10,000 government scholarships for overseas doctoral study between 2014 and 2020 (or 1300–1500 per year) to tertiary and research institute staff. Read more…

Why Trong’s re-election doesn’t spell the end for reform in Vietnam

Vietnam's National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, President Truong Tan Sang and Communist Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong attend a wreath laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, 21 March 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Alexander L. Vuving, APCSS

In late January 2016, the Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) held its 12th National Congress to select leaders and set policy guidelines for the next five years. Although every VCP congress is a time of intense power struggles, the 12th Congress was especially partisan. Read more…

Are Vietnam’s elections becoming more democratic?

A general view of delegates attending the opening session of the eleventh session of the National Assembly's 13th tenure, at the National Assembly Office in Hanoi, Vietnam, 21 March 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Hai Hong Nguyen, UQ

Vietnam will hold its parliamentary election in May 2016. The three key positions of president, prime minister and chairperson of the National Assembly will all be elected. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of this election is the emerging group of self-nominated candidates. This election, around 30 civil society activists are running for the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) controlled National Assembly.

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Vietnam’s stalled reform agenda

Delegates hold Party's ID cards to vote at the 12th National Congress of Vietnam Communist Party in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Loc Doan, Global Policy Institute

The Doi Moi (renovation) policy initiated by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) in 1986 transformed Vietnam’s economy at the time. But the 30-year-old Doi Moi policies have long run out of steam. If Vietnam wants to catch up with other more advanced countries in Southeast Asia, it must embark on another Doi Moi aimed at liberalising the country’s political, as well as economic, structures.

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Vietnam’s China challenge

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong along with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and other leaders attends the closing ceremony of the 12th National Congress of Vietnam's Communist Party in Hanoi, Vietnam, 28 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Nguyen Khac Giang, VEPR

After one of the most highly contested Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) elections to date, the incumbent General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. Read more…

A window of opportunity for reforms in Vietnam

Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong stands next to Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Public Security Minister Tran Dai Quang while posing for a photo at the Closing Ceremony of the 12th National Congress of Vietnam Communist Party in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Dien Luong, Columbia Journalism School, New York

As the Communist Party of Vietnam prepared for its five-year national congress, suspense built over who would take over the party’s helm. When the curtain was finally lifted on 25 January 2016, supporters of populist Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung were disappointed to find that conservative incumbent Nguyen Phu Trong had won a second term. Read more…

Vietnam’s uphill battle against corruption

Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at a press conference next to Party's Chairman of the Propaganda and Education Commission Dinh The Huynh after the closing ceremony of the 12th National Congress of Vietnam Communist Party in Hanoi, Vietnam 28 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Hai Hong Nguyen, The University of Queensland

The day after the 12th national Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), the Bank of Investment and Development of Vietnam announced the suspension of its two governing board members. The men allegedly committed ‘wrongdoings in management’, a term usually used by the authorities for offences associated with corruption. Read more…