Conditions for licensing foreign higher education institutions to establish representative offices in Vietnam

What are the conditions for licensing foreign higher education institutions to establish representative offices in Vietnam? - Minh Ngoc (Hanoi)

Conditions for licensing foreign higher education institutions to establish representative offices in Vietnam

Pursuant to the provisions of Clause 3, Article 46 of the Law on Higher Education 2012, foreign higher education institutions are licensed to establish representative offices in Vietnam when the following conditions are satisfied:

- Having legal status;

- The duration of higher education operation in the home country is 05 years or longer;

- Having specific goals, principles and charter of operation;

- Having regulations on the organization and operation of the representative office planned to be established in Vietnam in accordance with Vietnam’s law

The Minister of Education and Training shall license the establishment of representative offices of foreign educational institutions that engage in higher education.

Representative offices of foreign higher education institutions represent the foreign higher education institutions.

CConditions for licensing foreign higher education institutions to establish representative offices in Vietnam

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Duties and authority of representative offices of foreign higher education institutions in Vietnam

Pursuant to the provisions of Clause 2, Article 46 of the Law on Higher Education 2012, a representative office has the following duties and authority:

- Enhancing the cooperation with Vietnamese higher education institutions by expediting the formulation of cooperation programs and projects on higher education.

- Organizing the information exchanges, consultation, seminars and exhibition of higher education in order to introduce the foreign higher education institutions;

- Expediting and supervising the implementation of the higher education cooperation agreement signed with Vietnamese higher education institutions;

- It is prohibited to engage in higher education activities that directly generate incomes in Vietnam, to establish branches of the representative offices in Vietnam.

Cases of termination of representative offices of foreign higher education institutions in Vietnam

Pursuant to the provisions of Clause 5, Article 46 of the Law on Higher Education 2012, the operation of representative offices of foreign higher education institutions is terminated in the following cases:

- The license expires;

- The termination is request by the foreign higher education institution that established the representative office.

- The license is withdrawn because of no operation after 06 months as from the date of licensing, or 03 months as from the date of license extension;

- The forgeries in the application for licensing the representative office establishment are detected;

- Engaging in activities contrary to the license;

- Violating other Vietnam’s law provisions;

Mai Thanh Loi

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