It won’t be long until the 10 ASEAN member states turn the region into a single market. The ASEAN Economic Community becomes official in 2015, when the region and its over-500 million people will be an international community in which goods, production assets, people and capital can move freely across borders. It means Vietnamese laborers will have to compete with those from other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, making human resources development a crucial task for the country. However, it seems Vietnamese universities are still ill-prepared for such rivalry. Hua Minh Tuan, vice rector of the University of Finance-Marketing, said he had heard about aspirations of “broad and deep integration” in Southeast Asian region by 2015, but the Ministry of Education and Training had yet to give any instructions to universities about detailed plans to prepare for the integration. Tran Dinh Ly, chief of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry’s Training Department, said the university did not have plans to improve the quality of education and training after 2015. Communication and other skills Vietnamese students themselves are mostly unaware of “ASEAN integration” and the need to study foreign languages. Nguyen Thi Nga of the HCMC University of Technology will graduate in 2016. She said she has only “average” English skills, and does not have plans to study another foreign language. Nguyen Van Binh, Nga’s schoolmate, said he only signed up for his first low-level English class when he entered his third year of university….