British Council

This guidebook is the result of a joint effort between the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and the British Council in Viet Nam. The objective of this easy step guide is to support transparency and clarity on the regulatory framework, and thus facilitate increased TNE collaborations which lead to greater student/ academic mobility.

Promoting international cooperation and foreign investment in education and training has always been a key priority of the Government of Viet Nam. As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council in Viet Nam is delighted and honoured to partner with the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), in producing the first edition of the Easy step guide on Education Cooperation and Investment in Viet Nam as a part of the Ministry’s strategic plan to promote Viet Nam as a study destination.

Education is one of the key pillars in the strategic partnership between the UK and Viet Nam. Bilateral education collaboration takes many forms, from inward and outward student mobility to teaching and research partnerships. Whilst many Vietnamese students choose to study in the UK, many also enrol in UK transnational education (TNE) programmes in Viet Nam. According to MOET, the UK is the leading TNE provider in Viet Nam attracting more than 5,000 students studying in-country. Globally, 156 higher education providers delivered UK TNE programmes in 225 countries, of which Asia hosted more than 50 per cent (UUKi – The Scale of UK higher education TNE - 2022).

This guidebook contextualises and interprets the regulatory framework applicable to foreign cooperation and investment in education and training in pre-school, school and higher education sectors, with focus on Decree 86 (2018) and Decree 99 (2019), with the exception of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to help interested foreign partners better understand current regulations on foreign investment and cooperation in education and training. All of this enhances capacity building and the quality of education and contributes to greater graduate employability.