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In Vietnam, the best education can lead to worst jobs

Vietnam's schools equip students with basic skills for low-wage assembly-line work


Nguyen Van Duc graduated two years ago with a bachelor’s degree in economics from one of Vietnam’s best universities. Today, he earns about $250 a month as a motorbike taxi driver in Hanoi. Duc, whose parents took second jobs so he could be the only one of three children to attend college, is among thousands of Vietnamese college graduates who can’t land jobs in their chosen field, even though the nation’s unemployment rate is just 2.3 per cent. “In university, we only received heavy theoretical training and a lot of Ho Chi Minh’s ideology with ...

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First Published: Mon, August 21 2017. 23:23 IST