Quality assurance and accreditation was officially introduced into the higher education system in Vietnam over ten years ago. It is evident that quality assurance has resulted in positive impacts on university management, teaching, learning and research activities. This paper aims to explore factors that aid the successful implementation of higher education quality assurance and accreditation in Vietnam. Through semi-structured interviews with 32 participants, this study identified a number of factors that contributed to quality assurance processes, including awareness of the importance of quality assurance, better institutional manager leadership, support of university lecturers, staff, and students, and the vital responsibility of internal quality assurance staff. These confirm that internal stakeholders play an important role in undertaking quality assurance programmes and activities.


accreditation, quality assurance, higher education, implementation, qualitative study

Author Bio(s)

Loc Thi My Nguyen works at the Vietnam National University, Hanoi. She is the Chairwoman of the Vietnamese State Council for Professorship in Education.

Trung Tran is the Director of the Vietnam Academy for Ethnic Minorities, Professor of Vietnam National University, Hanoi, and is the leader of the Vietnamese Science Editors (VSE) Team. Please direct correspondence to trungt1978@gmail.com.

Thuan Van Pham is Vice Rector of the VNU University of Education, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Tien-Trung Nguyen works as a Senior Editor of the Vietnam Journal of Education, published by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training.

Hien Thi Thu Le works as a full time Associate Professor of Physics Education, at VNU University of Education, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Thao Thi Phuong Trinh works as a full time Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, at Thai Nguyen University of Education, Vietnam.

Thanh Thi Nghiem works at the VNU University of Education, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

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