Launching of “University Performance Metrics” (UPM)— the Initial Step towards a Rating System developed by Vietnam

By Chawanvit Panprasert, Programme Officer
23 August 2020

On 18 August 2020, Vietnam National University-Hanoi (VNU) and the ASEAN University Network (AUN) jointly organized an international conference to introduce the “University Performance Metrics” (UPM) initiated and developed by VNU researchers. The Minister of Education and Training (MOET) attended and addressed the conference. Attendees of the conference included representatives from different MOET departments, the Vietnam National Assembly and nearly 30 participating universities. The conference also attracted special attention from the local and national press.

Addressing the conference, the MOET Minister, Prof. Phung Xuan Nha, pointed out that although a number of universities in Vietnam have entered into the list of top 1,000 higher education institutions in the world, it is still essential for local universities to have a quality management tool in order to improve university governance capacity at both the macro and micro levels, as well as to self-assess and benchmark against other higher education institutions in the country and the region.

In this context, UPM has been created to facilitate benchmarking and provide consultancy for the national higher education system as well as higher education institutions and programs in the region. UPM can be used as a tool for universities to self-assess and regulate their performance of traditional functions, such as education, research, community services, and their level of responsiveness to the requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Co-presenting at the conference, AUN-QA experts, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Van Tuan and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Kay Chuan, pointed out the significant similarities and close relationship between the criteria of AUN-QA Programme Assessment V4.0, AUN-QA Institution Assessment V2.0 and those of UPM V1.0.

In his remarks, Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, the Executive Director of AUN, also affirmed the AUN’s position to support UPM, saying that the system has opened up a new frontier for rating schemes with its eight groups of criteria and 54 highly comprehensive indicators.

UPM is a game-changer to education sectors around the world. It not only provides universities with an inclusive, compatible, and dynamic rating system but also opportunities for universities to connect with suitable partners. With the strong support of the AUN and Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training, UPM will certainly contribute to uplifting the quality as well as improving the ranks of universities throughout the ASEAN region and beyond.