Lack of students forces universities shut down faculties

Many universities in HCM City announced October 2 they would close a series of faculties and departments due to a serious lack of students.

Students sit the 2009 university entrance exam. Many HCMC-based universities have to close some faculties due to a lack of students. (Photo: nhansuvietnam) 

Such closures were made after various universities and colleges across the country announced the qualification scores for the third-phase university admissions, which are underway.

Van Hien Private University in HCM City said it decided to shut down five departments - social studies, civilization studies, Vietnamese studies, business English and electronics-telecommunications - after it could not get enough students.

The head of the Training Department of Van Hien, Nguyen Quoc Hop, said the small number of students admitted into those departments would be transferred to other faculties and departments.

The same situation is seen at Hung Vuong Private University, where the Japanese language faculty has been closed as it has only four students.

The school’s post-harvest technology department has only 20 students, so they will be transferred to other faculties and departments, the school said.

Similarly, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology (HUFLIT) decided to suspend the Chinese studies and Chinese language departments as they have only two students.

Some other departments at HUFLIT have a higher number of students, but whether they remain open depends on the actual number of students who will go to school.

By Thanh Hung – Translated by Minh Tam

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