English-medium instruction and self-governance in higher education: the journey of a Vietnamese university through the institutional autonomy regime

Nguyen, Huong Thu, Hamid, M. Obaidul and Moni, Karen (2016) English-medium instruction and self-governance in higher education: the journey of a Vietnamese university through the institutional autonomy regime. Higher Education, 1-15. doi:10.1007/s10734-015-9970-y


Author Nguyen, Huong Thu
Hamid, M. Obaidul
Moni, Karen
Title English-medium instruction and self-governance in higher education: the journey of a Vietnamese university through the institutional autonomy regime
Journal name Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0018-1560
1573-174X
Publication date 2016-01-25
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10734-015-9970-y
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract As neoliberal ideals of deregulation, accountability, quality and financial autonomy take hold of education worldwide, higher education institutions (HEIs) in developing economies are adopting strategies to improve educational quality; attract local and international students; enhance institutional ranking and global competitiveness; and, more critically, increase their income. These strategies include internationalising education and developing partnerships with high-ranking universities, particularly those in English-speaking countries. Introducing English as a medium of instruction (EMI) has been a key element of these strategies. Using language-in-education planning as an analytical framework, this study investigates how a Vietnamese public university deployed EMI as a strategy to navigate through the new regime of institutional autonomy (IA) mandated by the government in the context of neoliberal approaches to HE reform. We argue that this top-down policy reform challenged Vietnamese universities to find ways to become autonomous. Although the pursuit of autonomy may lead to financial success, it may also result in HEIs not giving due consideration to questions of educational quality. Furthermore, in the absence of adequate structural planning, IA may have a negative impact on HEIs and the HE system in the country.
Keyword Institutional autonomy
English-medium instruction
Higher education reforms
Vietnam higher education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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