THE MINISTRY OF LABOR, WAR INVALIDS AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Circular No. 21/2018/TT-BLDTBXH dated November 30, 2018 of the Ministry of Labor, War invalids and Social affairs on prescribing criteria for determination of high-quality education programs at the intermediate diploma and associate degree level
Pursuant to the Law on Vocational Education dated November 27, 2014;
Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 48/2015/ND-CP dated May 15, 2015 elaborating on certain articles of the Law on Vocational Education;
Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 14/2017/ND-CP dated February 17, 2017, defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs;
Upon the request of the General Director of the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training;
The Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs hereby promulgates the Circular prescribing criteria for determination of high-quality education programs at the intermediate diploma and associate degree level.
Article 1. Scope of adjustment
This Circular provides for criteria for determination of high-quality education programs at the intermediate diploma and associate degree level, including: Curriculum and syllabus, high-quality education teachers, physical facilities, teaching equipment, students and management of high-quality education programs.
Article 2. Subjects of application
This Circular shall apply to intermediate or postsecondary education establishments, colleges and universities obtaining registration for the provision of high-quality education and training programs at the intermediate diploma and associate degree level (hereinafter referred to as educational establishment(s)).
Article 3. Definition
For the purposes of this Circular, terms used herein shall be construed as follows:
1. High-quality education and training program refers to a program providing the intermediate diploma and associate degree training and education whose conditions conform to criteria specified in the Law on Vocational Education and provisions of this Circular.
2. Criteria for determination of a high-quality training and education program includes regulations on curriculum, syllabus, physical facilities, teachers, organization and management of training program in order to meet requirements for implementation of high-quality training and education programs.
Article 4. Objectives of criteria for determination of high-quality programs
Criteria for determination of high-quality programs shall serve as a basis for determination of expenditures on training and education programs, investment in physical facilities, equipment, hiring of teachers, lecturers and experts specialized in implementing high quality training and education programs on which tuition fee rates corresponding to investment expenses are determined under clause 6 of Article 29 in the Law on Vocational Education.
CRITERIA FOR DETERMINATION OF HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE INTERMEDIATE DIPLOMA AND ASSOCIATE DEGREE LEVEL
Article 5. High-quality training and education programs
1. High-quality training and education programs must fully satisfy regulations like those applied to common training and education programs which are designed as per the Circular No. 03/2017/TT-BLDTBXH dated March 01, 2017 of the Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs and meet the following criteria:
a) Have graduation standards higher than those of common training and education programs in terms of academic knowledge, professional skills and moral conducts;
b) Graduates must obtain 4/6 level in the foreign language proficiency framework with respect to foreign language and culture disciplines or equivalent; attain 2/6 at the intermediate diploma level or 3/6 at the associate degree level with respect to other disciplines;
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