Vietnam: Marxism classes for free

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Karl MarxThe Vietnam government is trying to push increasingly unpopular Marxism classes at state-run universities by offering them for free to students.

Works of Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh are mandatory to be studied by students if they want to have a college degree in Vietnam. However, not many of them go beyond the required minimum of three classes as they say employers are not interested in a Marxism degree and rather would prefer a graduation in communications, tourism, information technology, international relations and English.

However, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a decree in July giving free tuition to students agreeing to take four-year courses on Marxism-Leninism and the thoughts of Ho Chi Minh. Normally, students would have to pay the equivalent of about $200 a year for tuition.

Among the 60 per cent of people younger than 30 years in Vietnam, the primary concern is to get a well-paying job rather than study communist ideology. While Vietnam still embraces an anti-capitalist stance that resulted in many inefficient economic structures of a classical command economy, in reality capitalism is spreading in the country’s towns and cities.

Around 500,000 graduates are entering the job market each year in Vietnam, and those with qualifications beyond the knowledge of Marxist teachings are highly sought after, especially when educated abroad. However, those who want to start a career as state servants need to present a degree in Marxist-Leninist philosophy.

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The Vietnam government is trying to push increasingly unpopular Marxism classes at state-run universities by offering them for free to students.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Karl MarxThe Vietnam government is trying to push increasingly unpopular Marxism classes at state-run universities by offering them for free to students.

Works of Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh are mandatory to be studied by students if they want to have a college degree in Vietnam. However, not many of them go beyond the required minimum of three classes as they say employers are not interested in a Marxism degree and rather would prefer a graduation in communications, tourism, information technology, international relations and English.

However, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a decree in July giving free tuition to students agreeing to take four-year courses on Marxism-Leninism and the thoughts of Ho Chi Minh. Normally, students would have to pay the equivalent of about $200 a year for tuition.

Among the 60 per cent of people younger than 30 years in Vietnam, the primary concern is to get a well-paying job rather than study communist ideology. While Vietnam still embraces an anti-capitalist stance that resulted in many inefficient economic structures of a classical command economy, in reality capitalism is spreading in the country’s towns and cities.

Around 500,000 graduates are entering the job market each year in Vietnam, and those with qualifications beyond the knowledge of Marxist teachings are highly sought after, especially when educated abroad. However, those who want to start a career as state servants need to present a degree in Marxist-Leninist philosophy.

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