The number of applications for recognition of foreign degrees made to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) increased by 44 times in 2008-2016. A report of the ministry released at a workshop on March 28 showed that in 2008, when the regulation on recognition of degrees granted by foreign establishments took effect, only 88 applications were made. The number of applications surged to 3,861 in 2016. The sharp increase in the number of applications was seen in 2013, when the number increased by three times from 622 in 2012 to 1,828 in 2013. According to Vu Ngoc Ha, a MOET high ranking official, many foreign-granted counterfeit degrees were discovered in the year. Therefore, domestic employers and training establishments asked candidates to submit degrees recognized by Vietnam’s MOET.