Sharing the secrets of Vietnam’s success

Tony McAleavy and Rachael Fitzpatrick on uncovering the secrets to Vietnam's success On 4 July, Director of Research Tony McAleavy and Research Officer Rachael Fitzpatrick presented the findings of our latest research report, Promising practice: government schools in Vietnam, alongside IIEP-UNESCO in Paris.

The report identifies five features of Vietnam's education system that each played a key role in its success and the livestreamed event looked at each one of these in turn before opening up for questions. The report is aimed at policymakers around the world who are interested in learning from Vietnam's success and it is the first of its kind to look into Vietnam’s success in this way.

More than 500 people – and rising – have watched the presentation and ensuing Q&A session with interested IIEP-UNESCO partners joining us in the audience at the event in Paris as well as a diverse range of online viewers from around the world. Tony and Rachael's presentation prompted interesting debate: how does a country define the quality of its education? What is the role of private tutoring? How much does the political climate affect accountability? How is practitioner feedback used to revise policy?

'We were delighted to host and livestream this launch event for Education Development Trust,' commented Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director at IIEP-UNESCO. 'The report breaks new and important ground and, as expected, there was great interest in the report's findings from our audience around the world.' 

Chief Executive Patrick Brazier was in Paris: 'This research has significance on the international stage and it was fitting to partner with IIEP-UNESCO, a respected and authoritative voice in education policy and planning, to launch it to a global audience. Vietnam's success is due to a combination of cultural, political and social factors and so in many ways unique but there are lessons that other education systems can learn and this report shines a light on these. It makes for interesting – and I would go as far as to say essential – reading for education policymakers around the world.'

Watch the live streamed event