On April 04,2017, the Ministry of Education and Training issued the Circular No. 09/2017/TT-BGDDT on prescribing requirements, processes and procedures for opening of academic disciplines or majors, suspension or cancellation of enrolment, revocation of decision on opening of disciplines or majors at the master’s or doctoral level.
This Circular points out clearly that universities, academies and higher education shall be licensed to open master’s-level majors only if satisfying the following requirements: these new proposed majors are tailored to learners’ demands and workforce requirements to match the local, regional and nationwide socio-economic development needs; the proposed majors must be defined in the Fourth-level Classification of Education …Have a staff of at least five (5) tenured lecturers who hold the title of professor, associate professor, Doctor of Philosophy and doctorate degree in majors the same as or similar to the proposed majors and are not in the list of tenured lecturers that serves as the eligibility requirement for opening of master’s-level sub-majors belonging to other majors…; These master’s-level training institutions must provide facilities, instruments, libraries and teaching materials that meet training requirements of proposed majors at the master’s level.
The training institution shall be subjected to the revocation of the decision to approve opening of majors at the master’s and doctoral level issued by Ministry of Education and Training when one of the following circumstances occurs there is any fraudulent act in applying for approval of opening of majors at the master’s and doctoral level; there is any serious violation against regulations on enrolment, management and organization of the training process; by the deadline for enrolment, causes for such suspension have not yet been corrected; it has committed any offence against laws and regulations on education that is subject to revocation of the decision to approve opening of majors imposed as an administrative penalty; The decision on revocation of the decision to approve the master’s- and doctoral-level training must specify clear reasons for such revocation, specific measures to protect rights and benefits of lecturers and master’s and doctorate degree students; must be published on the website of the Ministry of Education and Training.
This Circular takes effect on May 19, 2017; replace the Circular No. 38/2010/TT-BGDDT dated October 22, 2010.
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