III. TRAINNING PROCEDUES
3.1. Study duration
The program requires three years for the students awarded master degree, and four years for the students awarded bachelor degree.
3.2. Course requirements
Common and compulsory courses
- For the students without master degree, the candidate must study 30 additional credits of master program in Agricultural Economics – not including philosophy.
- For the students awarded master degree in other relevant courses or out of the time constraint or awarded by another institutes, the candidate must study compulsory courses based on specific requirements of the program.
IV. Courses offered
Economics and Development
Research and Development
Selective courses (choose 2 out of 6)
Organization and Operation of Market
Agricultural Development and Integration
Labor Market Analysis
Specialization topics on Development Economics
Specialization topics (choose 2)
Research Methodology of Development Economics
Growth, Development and Sustainable Development
Doctrines of Development, Development Models
National Resources and Development
Environment and Development
Resources and Production Economics
Soci-economics Issues and Development
Community and Rural Development
Regional Socio-economic Development
Livelihood and Sustainable Development
Trade and Development
The World Economy /ASEAN Economy
Economic development for some sectors
Economic Actors and Development
Strategy for Development Policy
International Relations and Development
V. Ph.D. Modules
5.1. Compulsory modules
1. KTNN 801 - Research and Development
This course is to (1) enhance knowledge about the nature, interaction and approach, research and development strategies; (2) identify research issues in development economics ; (3) organize research activities; and (4) communicate and spread research results.
Prerequisite subjects: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and permission of the supervisor.
2. KTNN 803 – Economics and Development
This course introduces economic development; development models; social and economic issues in developing process: poverty, income distribution, inequality and vulnerability, social networks, technological applications, population, employment, gender, migration and labor market; international relations and developments: international economic integration, international trade, international capital flows, aid; development strategies and policies.
Prerequisite courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and permission of the supervisor.
5.2. Selective modules
1. KTNN 805 – Impact Evaluation
This course improves knowledge of the candidate about the principles of impact assessment, assumptions of impact assessment, comparative impact valuation and non comparative impact valuation (socioeconomic phenomena and polices), the basic methodologies such as theory and applications, the difficulties in impact valuation.
Prerequisite courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and permission of the supervisor.
2. KTNN 806 – Organization and Operation of Market
The course provides basic concepts for organization and operation of market; determines outputs and price in different forms of market; elements of market organization; behaviors of market; the factors affecting the performance of market results; policy and welfare analysis of market; research and develop market.
3. KTNN 807 – Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA)
The course consists of five chapters: (1) Introduction to BCA and the involved fundamental concepts; (2) Identifying cost and benefit in cases the demand is unknown, the discount and the social discount rate; (3) BCA in risk cases and uncertain used price, unused value and some methods which define value when the demand cannot be specified; (4) BCA financial analysis, BCA economic and BCA extended economic analysis; (5) minimum cost, cost analysis of the usefulness, BCA weighted analysis, BCA different methods and the limitations of BCA.
4. KTNN 802 – Agricultural Development and Integration
The course enhances knowledge about agricultural development contexts, food safety and security, industrialization, agricultural and rural modernization, resource usage and sustainable issues; international economic integration and agricultural development; the experience lessons and agricultural developing trends.
Prerequisite courses: Microeconomics, Agricultural policy and permission of the supervisor.
5. KTNN 808 – Labor Market Analysis
This course provides concept, roles and characteristics of labor market. Labor supply and the affecting factors; labor demand and the affecting factors; policies related to labor market.
6. KTNN 810 – Specialized Topics on Development Economics
This course focuses on in-depth knowledge, independent research skills in some topics such as population and development issues; urbanization, industrialization and relevant issues; migration and labor market; the relationship between rural and urban area; experience and development strategy of other countries; gender, rural livelihoods and sustainable development; inequality and rich-poor gap; ODA, FDI and aid.
Prerequisite courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and permission of the supervisor.
VI. REVIEW ESSAY
Review essay, equivalent to two credits, is presented to research situation and related issues of the dissertation. The Ph.D. candidate not only shows analysis and evaluation abilities through the related international research but also points out existing problems that the dissertation focuses on. The essay must not exceeded 15 pages of A4 size; 1,5 line spacing; a 20-minute power-point presentation.
6.2. Evaluation Criteria
Evaluation criteria of the review essay (10 points)
- Quality of the specialization information: 5pts
- Quality of the presentation: 2pts
- Answering questions of the academic committee: 3pts
VII. SPECIALZATION TOPICS
The doctoral specialization topics require the Ph.D. candidate to update knowledge directly relevant to the dissertation, improve research capabilities, and help the candidate to address some contents of dissertation.
The Ph.D. candidate must write topics (each topic does not exceed 15 pages of A4 size, 1.5 line spacing) and present with power-point presentations (no more than 20 minutes) in front of the academic committee for the topic evaluation.
7.2. Possible Specialization Topics
1. Research Methodology in Development Economics
The topic focuses on theoretical framework, research methods; approaches to development economics; methods of collecting data and information; analytical framework; indicators related to development economics.
2. Growth, Development, and Sustainable Development
This topic mentions theoretical discussions on growth, development, assessment criteria for country, region, and locality development; sustainable development theory; Assessment of sustainable development; Solutions for sustainable development
3. Doctrines of Development, Development Models
The topic offers issues related to theory of development models, economics school of development doctrines; International development models; Assessment of success of models; National development strategy; Lessons Learned from these models.
4. National Resources and Development
The topic discusses issues related to land resources, human resources, capital, science and technology for the development of national /regional / local/organizational/and other economic sectors ...
5. Environment and Development
This topic is about the relationship between economic development and environmental issues; Solutions for sustainable development; Solutions to reduce environmental degradation, depletion of resources, and pollution.
6. Resource and Production Economics
The topic evaluates land resources, water, labor, capital, science and technology; types of economic actors ; optimum model application; production function; value chain; consumption; supply chain, consumers’ behavior, economic efficiency.
7. Socio-economic Issues and Development
The topic is to comprehend poverty, inequality and income distribution; food security; food safety; vulnerable feature; population and development; labor, labor market, the labor movement; migration; employment, unemployment and labor market access; rural and urban relations; urbanization, industrialization and other raised issues; agriculture; gender, ethnic minority groups; women; livelihoods; education; and health.
8. Community and Rural Development
The topic discuses problems in communities and rural areas; relationship between components of the community/rural; community/ rural development strategy; agricultural extension.
9. Regional Socio-economic Development
The topic is about regional plan and strategic development; resources in socio-economic region development; international integration with regional development; regional competitive advantages; and analytical models.
10. Socio-economic Organizations
Types of organizations; operational methods; governmental organizations and NGOs; Civil social organizations
11. Livelihoods and Sustainable Development
Framework for livelihood analysis; Relations between livelihoods and sustainable development; Solutions to stabilize livelihoods and sustainable development; Livelihoods in particular regions; gender and livelihoods; livelihoods for the poor.
12. Trade and Development
Theories / theories of trade; integration and trade; domestic trade; international commerce; impact of trade on national and regional economic development; solutions for promoting commercial activities; commercial products in certain sectors (agriculture. industry ..); export products.
13. The world economy
Economies, the Asian economies, communities; economic forums; Integration and globalization.
14. Economic development for some sectors
Economic sectors (agriculture, industry, services); Economic restructuring, Sector restructuring; change in industrial structure; agricultural development; rural economy.
15. Economic Actors and Development
Household economy, farm economy, enterprises and cooperatives; Policies and strategies for economic actor development
16. Strategy for Development Policy
The strategy, policy, public policy, national and regional development measures,
17. International Relations and Development
International trade; Foreign direct investment, indirect foreign portfolio investments; ODA, aid; the NGOs, bilateral relations;; International integration; international migration; debt; globalization and the economic and social issue
18. Policies, Institutions
Framework for policy Analysis, economic and social institutions; agricultural policies in rural development; Land policies; Regional development policies; Policies for disadvantaged groups in society; Social policies.
Credit finance and development; Rural credit; Microfinance; Assessing impacts of credit programs; Formal and informal credit markets, credit institutions, financial; policies and credit solutions
20. Risk Management
Types of risks, insurances; Risks in agriculture; Crop and livestock insurances; Climate Change; natural disasters mitigation measures; Risks and insurances in the rural credit market; shocks to disadvantaged groups.
VIII. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION
8.1 Scientific research
Conducting scientific research is a particular and compulsory stage while working on the doctoral dissertation. Each Ph.D. candidate should submit his/her dissertation as results of research, investigations, or experiments to complement required data. Therefore, the candidate gains higher level of expertise or comes up with new ideas for research problems. This is the most important step for the students to write doctoral dissertations.
The Ph.D. candidate must take responsibilities for honesty, accuracy and novelty of the scientific research results, following regulations on the intellectual property in both Vietnam and the world.
8.2. Journal papers
The Ph.D. candidate has to publish at least two journal papers which are relevant to the dissertation. The paper publishers must be on the list of journals approved by the State Council for Professor (based on publication year) or with the name on the below list. Of the paper, there is at least one paper published on Science and Development Journal of Vietnam National University of Agriculture. Besides, there is at least one published paper in which the Ph.D. candidate is the first author.
Name of Journal
International scientific journals of national and international organizations written in one of the following languages: English, Russian, French, German, Chinese, Spanish.
Other international scientific journals certified by the State Council for Professor (including the author’s work, no more than 1 point)
Science and Development journal
Vietnam National University of Agriculture
Foreign Economic Relations
Foreign Trade University
Scientific reports at national and international scientific conferences with topics on development economics, management, etc., … published fully in the conference proceedings.
Institute of Vietnam Social Sciences
Gender and Development
Vietnam Social Sciences
Institute of Sustainable development in Southern region (Previous name: Institute of Social Sciences in Ho Chi Minh (HCM) city)
Institute of Sustainable development in Southern region (Previous name: Institute of Social Sciences in HCM city)
University of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of HCM city
A doctoral dissertation must be an independence and creative work of the Ph.D. candidate. The dissertation should make contributions in terms of theory and reality in development economics or bring about new measures for development, enrich scientific knowledge, be able to solve problems creatively in science or in reality of socio-economic development.
The dissertation must have new academic contributions, be presented by academic language, and apply the fundamental scientific theories in order to analyze, argue results of previous research work related to the dissertation. Based on those requirements, new problems and hypothesis are proposed, and proved by new evidences. The dissertation author must have assured with honor for the scientific work. The author is encouraged to write and submit the dissertation in English.
The dissertation should be covered within 150 pages of A4 size, excluding contents. Of which, at least half of the dissertation is dedicated to research results and arguments of the candidate.
Format and style of the dissertation must be presented under regulation of Vietnam National University of Agriculture. The dissertation must be assessed at two level, the department and university.
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