Tertiary institutions licensed to provide distance training could cooperate and exchange students with other tertiary institutions at home and abroad, according to a draft Regulation on distance education at the university level prepared by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET).
Under the draft, the exchange of students or cooperation among training institutions must meet certain requirements. Specifically, domestic training institutions must be licensed to provide the undergraduate training in the same disciplines, while overseas training institutions must be higher education institutions that are recognized in terms of quality and permitted to provide training and grant diplomas in respective disciplines. Training institutions must sign a cooperation agreement on student exchange under which the number of credits a student would accumulate under the exchange agreement must not exceed 25 percent of the total number of credits of the training program he is attending.
According to the MOET, the draft would not apply to distance undergraduate training programs under which diplomas are granted by foreign education institutions, including also joint training programs with foreign partners.
Particularly for disciplines in the fields of teacher training and healthcare, distance training would not be permitted.- (VLLF)