Evaluation of scientific ministerial-level Proposal “Scientific bases for opening the Organizational Science training major in Hanoi University of Home Affairs”

On 06 November 2015, at the MOHA headquarter, a meeting was held by the ISOS for evaluating the scientific ministerial-level Proposal “Scientific bases for opening the Organizational Science training major in Hanoi University of Home Affairs” chaired by the Professor Associate Doctor Tran Dinh Thao, Dean of Faculty of Organization and Personnel Management, Hanoi University of Home Affairs.

The Evaluation Council comprised of 07 members headed by Dr. Tran Anh Tuan, MOHA Vice Minister. Participants included representatives of Department of Local governance, Department of Remuneration, Department of Training and Fostering Cadres and Civil servants and National Public Administration Academy.

Dr. Tran Anh Tuan, MOHA Vice Minister chairing the Evaluation session

In the evaluation session, on behalf of Research Team, Professor Associate Tran Dinh Thao briefly presented research outcomes of the Proposal. Accordingly, in Vietnam, the importance of studies on organizational sciences has increased remarkably, as they are crucial factor and driving force that determines the success of the course of national public administration reforms. In fact, the Vietnam human resources in scientific and technological fields are currently insufficient and weak in quality. It is due to lacking of tertiary training institutions, which produced human resources in organizational sciences for high-tech sectors. Therefore, studies to open the Organizational Science training major are essentially put in high priorities for investment in Vietnam.

Professor Associate Doctor Tran Dinh Thao – Chairman of the Proposal presenting research outcomes

The Proposal comprised of three chapters. In the Chapter 1 entitled “Theoretical bases for opening the Organizational Sciences Training Major”, the Research Team introduced the concepts of organizational sciences, organizational doctrines, researching missions of organizational sciences; and position, roles of organizational sciences and training objective of the Organizational Sciences Training Major.  All of these contents helped create the theoretical background for opening the Organizational Science training major. Chapter 2, the “Realistic status of the Organizational Science training major in the world and in Vietnam”, focused on current training practices in this major in four universities in the United States. They were St. Scholastica, Michigan, Raphael Racanati International School and Tulsa. The Chapter also analyzed the status to make forecasts on demands of human resources in organizational sciences in Vietnam. In the Chapter 3 “Several options and recommendations on opening the Organizational Sciences training major for Hanoi University of Home Affairs”, the Research Team suggested options to open the Organizational Sciences training major in the Hanoi University of Home Affairs (HUHA) and proposed petitions to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and the HUHA regarding the opening of this training major in the University.

Professor Associate Nguyen Minh Man in his feedbacks to the Proposal

Regarding research outcomes, Council members commented that the Proposal is necessarily important and has practical meaning. The Proposal has been carefully conducted. Research methods applied were generally appropriate to requirements and nature of the Proposal. Studying object and research scope were suitably identified. In the Proposal, great efforts have been made to clarify theoretical issues relating to theoretical bases for opening the training major on Organizational Sciences. Authors also described the history of studies on organizational sciences regarding formation, research missions, method and relations between organizational sciences with other scientific sectors; thereby, the roles of organizational sciences for operational activities of organizations and enterprises have been highlighted.

Mr. Ngo Dang Tuan, Director General of Department No.4,

CPV Central Committee on Organization providing comments to the Proposal

Besides, several limitations have been pointed out by the Evaluation Council members, such as that it lacked clarifications on the status of conducting training activities in the Organizational Science training major; distinctions were not made between organizational sciences and other patterns of organizations. Despite the existence of intersection across fields, it didn’t point out the scientific field closely relating to the organizational sciences.

In the literature review, the Evaluation Council members all agreed that, the Proposal should have been clearly pointed out what had been studies and what contents should require more studies. Moreover, the doctrines introduced in the Proposal were classic ones that mean the absence of modern doctrines on organizational trends, or at least, the current development trends of organizations.

About the legal bases, statutory documents were sparsely reflected in the Proposal, most of them were merely listed without analysis. The Research Team should closely base on the regulations prescribed in legal documents related to analyze the practical status of the University to find out required conditions and standards.

Regarding training practices in the Organizational Sciences training major in the world presented in the Chapter 2, evidences were evaluated weakly persuasive. They mainly described the working method of religious training institutions that required extreme considerations if applied. The Evaluation Council also recommended the Research Team to study practical experiences from the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration and other national training institutions of which training majors are close to organizational sciences major. Besides, other contents in the Chapter II should follow criteria regulated in legal documents and clarify to what extent the University probably met the requirements of opening the organizational sciences training major.

About sociological surveying data provided in the Proposal, they were unspecific data accompanied by inadequate analysis. Reconsiderations should be made regarding identification of the demands on human resources in organizational sciences in order to prevent putting them on the same par with human resources of the whole Home Affairs sector.

About the training contents recommended by the authors, they were vastly duplicated with suggestions for training human resources in general. Solutions should include the development of textbooks, ect.

Overall view of the evaluation session

In his concluding remarks, Vice Minister Tran Anh Tuan confirmed that the Proposal has met the researching objectives of opening a new training major. Vice Minister also required the Proposal to focus more on clarifying feasibility of opening a new training major. More comparisons were recommended in order to assure no duplication in training major with other public and private training institutions; and more discussions should be made regarding how the training major shall meet the demands on human resources of society. Moreover, Vice Minister requested the Research Team to learn from the comments from Evaluation Council members in order to supplement and perfect the Proposal as soon as possible.

The scientific Proposal was ranked at Good level ./.

By Anh Duy

Translated by ISF/Giang-Kien