VNU University of Science is a prestigious university with one of the richest traditions in Vietnam.

The following are important dates in our University’s history:

1906                 INDOCHINA UNIVERSITY                                 

1946                 UNIVERSITY OF BASIC SCIENCE

1956                 UNIVERSITY OF HANOI              



The University of Vietnam in Hanoi has a rich history of education and literary tradition in Vietnam, even earlier than the 11th century, when the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) was established in A.D. 1070. This magnificent site still stands in central Hanoi.

In Colonial times, the University of Indochina was established, in 1906,as a group of occupational schools with a mandate to train functionaries for all of French Indochina. After World War II, the University in Hanoi was reopened, and the first University of Science was founded in 1946. This name was changed to the University of Hanoi in 1956.

In 1993 a major realignment of higher education in Vietnam was undertaken, as mandated by the Ministry of Education and Training. Universities were centralized into large, multidisciplinary universities offering diverse programs. Accordingly, the University of Hanoi became a part of the National University, and in 1995 the school was renamed Vietnam National University - Hanoi University of Science (VNU-HUS).

In 2013 the name was again changed, to VNU University of Science. Today, as always, its major task is to support the growth and defense of the nation by providing the country’s best education in basic science, through the excellence of its professional faculty, research facilities, and continuing technological development.

VNU – HUS 1995-2005

This period focused on the development of the university into a respected research and learning center. New buildings were constructed at 334 Nguyen Trai Street, 19 Le Thanh Tong Street, and at the MeTri campus . Important academic additions included the Center for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development Research (1997), the founding of the Honors Program for Talented Students (1997), the reorganized Biotechnology Center (1999), and the Center for High-Performance Computing (2005). As a result of this growth and development, academic publications, hosted conferences, and programs of international cooperation all increased, leading to awards such as “Hero of Labor” in the Renovation Period (2000), and the Ho Chi Minh Medal (2001).

ADVANCEMENTS – 2006-Present

In pursuit of its goal of becoming ranked in the top 100 Asian universities in advanced scientific research by the year 2020, VNU-HUS continued to expand its program offerings and to develop its professional faculty and relationships in the international academic community. The focus on research was strengthened, and the post-graduate population increased relative to the entire student body. In the last five years, the University was provided with hundreds of billions VND to carry out a number of science research projects (State-level key projects, State-level independent projects, Protocol cooperation projects, University-level projects, and projects for Ministries, Industry and local cooperation).

From 2005 to date, VNU’s investment in constructing a number of laboratories (such as in the Faculties of Chemistry, Biology, Physic, Geology, Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development Research Center) has been an essential requirement for the University to develop the quality of its research and its international-level research partnering. Additionally, the laboratories for the Accelerator project, the Geotechnics – Geoenvironment project, and Nano Technology have been built with Vietnam National University’s financial support.

Today, VNU University of Science has matured into a major institute of higher education, with a total of 5,500 undergraduate students in 34 programs, 1,200 Master students in 45 fields of study, and 350 PhD students in 48 fields of study. The High School for Gifted Students now has 1,400 students in 5 majors. In 2011 the University was awarded the prestigious First Rank Medal of Independence.

With the projected 2020 completion of the new Hoa Lac campus and facilities we look forward to continued growth and the attainment of the University’s stated objectives to develop VNU University of Science into the top-ranked research institution in Vietnam, and into one of the top 100 Asian Universities in advanced scientific research by the year 2020.