About IRED

IRED Institute of Education (IRED Institute) is an independent education organization, with various activities in many forms, in order to contribute to promoting the formation and development of Liberal Education in Vietnam. The main activities of IRED Institute include: Researching, Training, Publishing, and Seminars. In addition, IRED Institute is the co-founder and executive of not-for-profit (*) educational projects: IPL Scholarship, Good Book Project, Good Book Award and OpenEdu Initiative. In Training area, IRED Institute established PLEMS Education - a not-for-profit LIBERAL EDUCATION initiative so as to contribute to developing SELF-LEADERSHIP competencies for students to become global citizens. 

(*): "Not-for-profit" is understood as a not-for-profit activity, the fees (if any) are to ensure operating costs and provide educational support for underprivileged schools.


The educational philosophy of IRED Institution is: 'Human Way, Home Way and My Way are characteristics of a free human being and the free human being is the goal of liberal education". The educational philosophy is specified by the model "Three Ways of a Human" as below: 


IRED Institute goals are to conduct a variety of educational activities in order to promote the “Liberal education” and nurture the path of “Self-enlightenment” of each individual to become a free human being.


To become an internationally prestigious Institute of Education that contributes to “Liberal education” and spirit of “Self-enlightenment” in Vietnam.


Non-governmental organization (NGO) - IRED Institute is an NGO, non-partisan and functions within the legal systems in Vietnam and internationally.

Independence organization - IRED Institute will provide clear, thoughtful, accurate, and independent analysis on vital education issues.  IRED Institute will hold itself accountable as the foremost education research and training institute through conducting evidence-based research and pursuing an open-minded inquiry that is inclusive of diverse points of views.

Collaboration - As an independent education organization, IRED Institute also seeks to partner and collaborate with local and international institutions, such as private companies, governmental organizations, NGOs, the civil society, as well as educators in Vietnam to achieve its institutional mission and goals. IRED Institute strives to be the leading force in education by gathering the best minds in the field - locally and internationally - so that a balanced and informed discourse can be created around education issues in Vietnam.

Advanced education - All of IRED Institute's activities focus on the institute's sole mission to reform and transform the education in Vietnam t and other countries towards an advanced and enlightened society through education.


I - Integrity

Integrity underlies every practice and function of IRED Institute.  Every staff adheres to moral and ethical principles so that the organization as a whole performs and serves its mission with the upmost honesty.

R - Respect

Respect for the diversity of ideas and opinions and for working with different people is critical to the professionalism that IRED Institute upholds.

E - Excellence

IRED Institute sets high standards in the quality of our work. The IRED team pursues excellence through our unwavering commitment to conducting rigorous scientific research and delivering quality training programs and other activities.

D - Dedication

IRED Institute is a mission-driven and customer-oriented organization. IRED team works hard and is dedicated to serving education leaders, administrators, and teachers. Furthermore, the IRED team takes personal stake in their organization’s growth and performance.  They ensure that IRED Institute’s values are maintained and its mission is achieved.

Why IRED Institute?

Education has always been an important part of Vietnamese society.  A high respect for teachers and learning stretches from the north to south of the country where education is valued as a vehicle for social mobility and advancement.  In the past several decades, Vietnam has made changes that have achieved important results in education.  However, parents, teachers, students, the government, and the general public, have grown discontent with the current educational landscape, particularly the quality of education.  To address pressing education issues, education reform is critically needed to improve and change the status quo of Vietnam’s education. Moreover, any successful education system requires long-term, effective development strategies that are based on a strong foundation of scientific and accurate research.  Recognizing the crucial role of research in improving education in Vietnam, IRED Institute of Education (IRED Institute) was established to actively contribute to the discourse of education reform, particularly through research.  By opening up dialogue amongst education researchers, experts, educators and policymakers in Vietnam and abroad, IRED Institute aims to develop their capacity, strengthen the education system, and propel positive change in society.

By conducting research on the most pressing education issues, IRED Institute strives to be a knowledge-generating institute that brings together the country’s intellectuals and international experts to inform educators and policy makers to provide students with a higher quality of education.

IRED Institute also seeks to create an attractive home to Vietnamese researchers, scholars, and practitioners dedicated to educating the next generation of Vietnam’s educators. IRED Institute believes that improving and transforming the Vietnamese education system requires committed collaboration amongst schools, local and international institutions, NGOs, private and public sectors. Subsequently, IRED Institute works to connect diverse stakeholders and leverage the existing resources and knowledge to innovate and create solutions to Vietnam’s education issues. Ultimately, IRED Institute’s work aims to benefit students in Vietnam through quality education that will contribute to their livelihood and help shape the country’s socio-economic progress.


Below are the education-governing laws and sub-laws promulgated by Vietnam's Government and Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) since 2000.