The project reaches the following target groups according to the relative needs:
–Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam (MOET) and other entities in charge of reforming HE in Vietnam: the Ministry of Education and Training started to consider in 2012 the tracer study of universities and colleges as a core priority for developing the higher education sector in the country. The need is to raise and strengthen the forecasting and the provision of information on labour markets in combination with the actual human resources produced by the universities. In 2017 MOET fixed the rules for the enrollment of students at university by asking the university to provide information on the rate of students who have jobs after graduation. Based on this data, MOET adjusts the enrollment quotas at universities, the structure of training disciplines and the quality of training methods to improve the employment rate of graduates. MOET needs systematic updates and reliable information on the employment status of the country’s graduates and a unique methodology for running surveys to make university data comparable. Also another need is a team of experts in graduate tracking and data analysis for quality assurance and policy reform.
–Universities: following the 2017 request by MOET, Vietnamese universities must provide graduate tracking surveys to MOET, two years after graduation. However such surveys, being at the initial stage of development, have not been implemented systematically nor based on standardized indicators and methodology allowing no comparability among the universities. The major problem is the lack of tools available to universities as well as a common methodology to overcome the inconsistencies in the actual data (proper sample selection, lack of data information of graduates, selection bias, scatter methodology). The MOTIVE project will create for the beneficiary universities a documentary base that is reliable, timely and regularly updated on their graduates to run surveys. Universities local staff will be trained to be competitive at an international level on how to exploit the data on graduates and produce reliable surveys.
–Students/Graduates (and their families): the choice of university by prospective students in Vietnam is often done without comprehensive information on the job opportunities provided by the local markets according to university degree and course of study. The MOTIVE project will provide Vietnamese students/graduates and their families guidance tools for the choice of university to know the quality of the education and the possibility to be endowed by the universities with the useful skills for the labour market. Also, project tools will help students, graduates and their families to know the opportunity for employment given by the Vietnamese universities according to each faculty and degree course.