Vietnam among top 5 countries with highest international school growth

By Doan Hung   March 24, 2024 | 04:51 pm PT
Vietnam among top 5 countries with highest international school growth
A class at the International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC). Photo courtesy of ISHCMC
Vietnam is among the top five countries when it comes to the number of newly opened international schools, with a 5% increase in two years.

A 2024 report by school database ISC Research, issued in February, revealed that there are over 14,000 international schools with 6.9 million students worldwide, with a total revenue of $60.9 billion coming from tuition every year.

There are over 664,000 teachers at these schools, an increase of 13% compared to five years ago.

Topping the list when it comes to the increase in the number of international schools is India, with a 10% growth from 2022 to 923 schools.

It is followed by the United Arab Emirates, with a 9% growth to 748 schools. China is placed third, with a 6% growth to 1,106 schools. Vietnam and Japan both have a growth of 5%, but the report did not specify the exact number of international schools.

A 2022 report by International Schools Database revealed that Vietnam has over 120 international schools, from kindergarten to high school levels, mainly in Hanoi and HCMC. In Japan, the number of international schools is around 100.

ISC Research remarked that the demand for international schools in Vietnam was rising considerably.

Since 2019, the number of international schools in the country has increased by 42%, while the number of students has increased by 30%.

The total revenue of the schools has also increased by 58%. Several schools have reported their yearly tuition to be at VND500-900 million ($20,150-36,270).

The presence of international, private schools not only attracts affluent parents, but also raises awareness of international education in Vietnam, the report said.

For continental statistics, Asia has the highest number of international schools, accounting for 57% of all international schools globally, followed by America and Europe at 14-15%. Africa takes up 12%, and Oceania takes up 2%.

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