This project involved research and the drafting of a Discussion Paper. This paper attempted to contribute to the current debate by examining the implications of Decree 10 for the accessibility of publicly provided health and education services, especially for the poor and near poor. This was achieved by analyzing the accessibility to social services and their affordability before and after the introduction of Decree 10. Using Vietnam’s own past experience with user charges as well as those of other developing countries, the paper provided an in-depth analysis of the affordability of health care services and basic education. The implications of Decree 10 for affordability of social services were then discussed using the available data from hospitals that implemented the decree.

The objectives of the project were; 1) to help the universities gather adequate and timely feedback on recent graduate employment relative to the labor market; and 2) to aggregate the information given by individual universities into a system-wide national report to inform higher education management agencies and to be the foundation for curriculum renovation. The Higher Education Graduate Tracer Survey was conducted in approximately 80 higher education institutions (HEIs) in two rounds (2005 and 2006).

The aim of the project was to increase understanding and receptiveness towards economic integration in Hai Duong and Tay Ninh provinces through capacity building in the Hai Duong and Tay Ninh Provincial Political Schools. Initially, the project was designed to deliver training-of-trainers to the core economics teaching staff in the two schools covering new teaching methodologies, curriculum design and how to conduct a training needs analysis. The main part of the project aimed to support the two provinces in developing a new course for local-level civil servants covering “globalisation and economic integration”. The course consisted of two separate modules: a common first module covering globalisation and economic integration in general; and separate second module covering issues relevant to each province.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in Vietnam implemented a project to improve the quality of the primary teacher training system. The ultimate aim was to provide all children with access to skilled, knowledgeable and committed teachers able to bring new approaches to teaching consistent with emphases in the new curriculum in its two stages. The 2007 survey of Student Achievements in Mathematics and Vietnamese Reading was a national, longitudinal study of student achievements (2001-2007-2011). The 2007 survey can be used to measure the change in achievement levels from 2001 and is important in terms of determining the extent to which the new primary curriculum has been adequately covered by Grade 5 students who are the first cohort to have completed the new curriculum. Thus, while the survey of 2007 will build on and improve on the preceding 2001 benchmark study, it must allow for comparisons to be made in order to assess learning outcomes.