Only between 40% and 50% of graduates from universities of medicine and pharmacy in HCM City can find a suitable job, an agency has said.
Around a half of medical university graduates can’t get a job
A report by the municipal Department of Education and Training showed that all graduates from state-owned medical universities in the city are provided with a job.
Associate Prof. cum Dr. Tran Xuan Mai, Deputy Principal of Hong Bang International University said it’s necessary to draft training plans after 2017 when universities are banned from organising vocational training in medicine and pharmacy.
This means that new vocational training schools for the sector would be independently set up, which would need closer attention to the quality of teaching staff and training.
“The high rate of jobless graduates means a great waste of teaching efforts, especially for a developing country like Vietnam,” Mai emphasised.
According to him, it’s high time to pay more attention to balance training and labour market demand in order to increase efficiency.
Le Lam, principal of Dai Viet Vocational Training School, explained that nearly 40% of students at the schools are graduates of a certain school. Some students even have finished higher education training.
“Over 20% of our students are working at hospitals or medical stations. Some people have graduated from universities specialising in medicine and pharmacy but still pursue training in nursery education at vocational training school. Nearly 40% of students opted to study the sector just to follow market trends,” Lam noted.
Educators discuss human resource training for health sector
A representative from Anh Sang Vocational Training School said that in order to ensure that all graduates can find suitable jobs, it was necessary to have estimates on hospital recruitment demand.
Several other experts including Associate Prof. cum Dr. Le Quan Nghiem, Deputy Principal of HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Associate Prof. cum Dr. Pham Dang Dieu, Deputy Principal of Pham Ngoc Thach University said the most important thing was to increase training quality.
“Training quality should be ensured for both state-owned and private schools,” said Associate Prof. cum Dr Pham Thi Thu Anh, a former lecturer at Hanoi University of Medicine said.
A representative from Bach Viet College suggested that training institutions should target training human resources not only for the domestic market but also for other countries.
Nguyen Tan Binh, Director of the municipal Department of Health said that more attention should be paid to school capacity as while some state-owned universities can train only 400 students per course, several private institutions can train up to 1,000 students per course.