The Center for Contemporary Religious Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University was established by the Decision no 2265 QĐ/XHNV-TC dated September 17th 2007 of the Rector of USSH. It is tasked with studying, coordinating, supporting the training and advising of religious issues to serve national socio-economic development and international exchanges and cooperation.

Board of Directors


Assoc. Prof. Dr Lam Ba Nam

Vice Director

Assoc. Prof. Dr Nguyen Quang Hung

Vice Director

Dr. Nguyen Huu Thu

  • President of the Academic Council: Prof.Dr Nguyen Quang Hung


Prominent activities

Each year, the Center invites visiting professors from many countries to teach about issues related to Religious studies and Philosophy. Since 2009, the Center has been regularly conducting annual domestic and international conferences/seminars on the topic of religion, attracting many scholars from Europe and North America as well as other countries in the region. In 2015, the Center held the conference on "Researching and teaching about German thinkers at universities". In 2016, the Center held the international conference "Religion and ethics in modern society". The quality of the conferences were highly appraised by domestic and foreign scholars alike.

In addition, the Center provides 4 scholarships for USSH's lecturers to study abroad on Religious studies and implement training programs related to religion at prestigious universities in Europe and North America.

Từ tháng 11/2015, Trung tâm khai trương thư viện với 1500 đầu sách và tư liệu. Đến nay, thư viện hoạt động khá hiệu quả, giúp bạn đọc tra cứu tài liệu về các vấn đề tôn giáo, tín ngưỡng và lịch sử triết học. Lượng sách của thư viện tăng nhanh hàng năm, đáp ứng nhu cầu nghiên cứu của đội ngũ cán bộ giảng dạy, nghiên cứu sinh, học viên cao học và sinh viên của Đại học Quốc gia.

Since November, 2015, the Center opened a library with 1500 books and other materials. The library has been working efficiently and helping readers to find materials on religious and beliefs issues and the history of philosophy. The number of books increases every year, meeting the requirements of VNU's lecturers, research fellows, students and graduates.


Room 508 Block A, USSH, VNU.

No, 336, Nguyễn Trãi, Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội.

Phone: (024) 35589807.




Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) was established on February 20th 2002 and tasked with the study, training and application of Chinese studies and belongs to the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU. Its mission is to utilize USSH's human resources trained in basic sciences, organize integrated research projects on China, and to provide academic and up-to-date evidence and knowledge for analysing policies and studying Vietnam and the world. The Center is responsible for researching and teaching subjects related to China at USSH, gradually developing into a strong research center, developing strong research teams and becoming a research institute in accordance with the missions of USSH and VNU.

Missions and development strategies

  • Amass and develop a force of prestigious domestic and foreign researchers and scholars who specializes in studying, training and applying Chinese studies;
  • Participate in undergraduate and postgraduate affairs;
  • Coordinate with other Institutes, Centers and international organizations in research projects;
  • Strive to become one of the leading units in Chinese studies in Vietnam.


Dr Nguyen Tho Duc

Vice Director

MA. Dao Thi Tam Khanh


President of the Academic Council:  Assoc. Prof. Dr Nguyen Kim Son


Main research orientations:

  • The movements of China in social sciences and humanities, especially in the areas of culture, ideas and education.
  • Confucius issues and Vietnamese culture in the context of East Asia.
  • The history of Han/Chinese studies in Vietnam.
  • Research on many aspects of China, including basic, policy and forecast studies, provide scientific evidence in order improve understanding of China, and improve the decision-making process and resolve the challenges arising in Sino-Vietnam relations.
  • Develop a highly practical database on Chinese studies.
  • Develop high-quality human resources specialized in Chinese studies, helping to connect research units with policy makers and enterprises in solving the challenges posed by China, promoting Vietnam's sustainable and stable development.

Prominent activities

  • Design and carry out numerous projects, programs, and research projects and build up central research teams specialized in China, including:

The strong research team in Confucianism with an international span.

The research team on China's education reforms and experiences for VNU in particular and Vietnamese education in general.

The research team on the history of Han/Chinese studies in Vietnam in collaboration with the National Taiwan University.

The research team responsible for developing a database of Chinese studies; which has been developing digital libraries such as the Sino-Nom texts and ancient Chinese texts related to Vietnam (; Database of Chinese studies (  

  • Hold and co-hold many domestic and international conferences and seminars such as the conference "Chinese studies 2012-2022: trends and prospects" (2012), the conference "Confucius studies in Vietnam, views and methods" (2013), the international conference "East Asia Confucian education: Tradition and Modernity" (2015), the international conference "Chinese studies in Vietnam: History through stories" (2015), and international conference "Confucianism and contemporary education theories" (2016).
  • Publish many domestic and international works on Chinese and Vietnamese studies, notably: Nho tạng tinh hoa – Phần Việt Nam 儒藏精华编越南之部 (2013, 1st volume, Beijing University Press); Kinh điển Nho gia tại Việt Nam (2015, revised, VNU Press); the collection Tùng thư tư liệu Nho học Đông Á - phần Việt Nam 東亞儒學資料叢書, Publishing Center of Taiwan University (8 volumes published in Taiwan since 2011).
  • Promote cooperation in research with domestic and foreign institutions, notably of which are the Institute of Chinese Studies, Institute of Han-Nom Studies, VNU Ho Chi Minh City, Center for Confucius Texts Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (Beijing University, China), the Advanced Institute on Social sciences and humanities and Center for China-Taiwan relations (Taiwan National University), the International Society for Chinese Studies
  • Coordinate and support USSH's training activities related to China and other areas.


Room 508, Block C, USSH-VNU

336 Nguyễn Trãi, Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội.

Phone: (024)35585847                     



The Center for Arts and Culture Studies and Application (CACSA) was established on the basis of the Film Studies Project of Faculty of Literature sponsored by the Ford Foundation. The Center is tasked with studying, applying and providing professional training on the issues related to culture, arts and other social activities:

  • Study and deal with the issues related to culture, literature, film, theater, television and publication.
  • Provide professional training for domestic and foreign students majoring screenwriting, theater and television, literature, editing and publication.
  • Assist USSH and Faculty of Literature in providing anticipatory advice on the human resources specialized in arts and culture.
  • Connect with domestic and foreign organizations to hold conferences to promote research and training.

The Center is revising a proposal of developing into an Institute of Culture and Arts under USSH, VNU.

Board of Directors


Assoc.Prof.Dr Pham Xuan Thach

Prominent activities


  • Hold short-term courses on screenwriting and film theory and criticism (assisted by Division of Art Studies, Faculty of Literature).
  • Contact and coordinate with some operas and theaters in Hanoi and ask for the audience and participation of students in their performances.
  • Print and publish works and materials related to culture and arts compiled by Faculty of Literature and the Center.
  • Organize seminars and conferences on the topics of culture, arts and issues related to culture and arts training in universities.
  • Support USSH's Division of Art Studies to maintain film shows and monthly exchanges among the members of the Film Club and filmmakers.
  • Coordinate with Publishing houses to hold exchanges and seminars on the latest and widely-recognized works; hold reading and writing contests concerning literary works. 


Room 401, block I, USSH-VNU

No 336 Nguyễn Trãi, Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội

Phone: 0989889745




The Center for Population Studies and Social Work, an organization for scientific research, training and application of population studies and social work at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University-Hanoi, was officially established pursuant to the Decision 237/QD-XHNV dated 20 February 2002 of the Rector of USSH.

Prior to its official establishment, the Center had gone through two stages of operation, namely as follow:

Stage 1: Implementing the program on “Population, Family and Development” approved by the Scientific Council of the former Hanoi University and endorsed by the decision of Prof. Dao Trong Thi, the then Rector of Hanoi University which is now Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU).

Stage 2: Upon the establishment of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities USSH at VNU, the Center implemented the Research Program on “Population, Family and Social Work in Development” pursuant to the proposal of the University’s Office for Research endorsed by USSH Rector Phung Huu Phu.

Although the Center’s operation has not been very long, it has acquired an important position in research and training on areas of its mandate, particularly in the field of Social Work and Community Development. The prestige of the Center has been established through its programs and activities, has won trust from and cooperation with national and international scientists and colleagues.


Director: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoang Ba Thinh

Apart from office staff and assistants, the Center does not have full-time research workers as its employees. Members of the management, Scientific Advisory Council and researchers are from other institutions or other units of the University and work part-time or on short duration at the Center. Currently the Center is served by 20 part-time scientists as collaborators. Numerous other collaborators of the Center include teachers, lecturers and excellent students who possess capacity and experience in Social Work, Community Development, Sociology, Demography, Social Psychology, etc. They have taken part in and conducted various research projects at national and international levels.

The operation of the Center is subject to the direct guidance of the Director Board and the Scientific Advisory Council which are composed of reputable scholars from various universities and research institutes.

Training and Research Duties

Objectives: the primary objective of the Center is to gather and build up a strong contingent of scientists, undergraduates and graduates in the country and overseas in order to deliver training, research and knowledge dissemination programs on population and social work.

Duties: the Center’s operation is organized on the basis of specific programs in order to allow for the most dynamic, flexible and effective performance of activities. Such training and research activities include

Social Work

  • Community Development
  • Gender and Community Health Issues
  • Population and Development

Development Strategies

Develop the Center into one of the leading institutions in the country in research and particularly training on practical skills and competencies in Social Work and Community Development.

Cooperative Program: the Center has conducted various cooperative programs with national and international organizations, for instance:

  • Translation and compilation of books on Sociology, Social Work and Community Development with assistance from Ford Foundation
  • Training of Trainers on Social Work supported by UNICEF
  • Research on Human Resources in Social Work with Children.



  • Opened up opportunities for international cooperation and exchange when scientists from the University, other institutions in Vietnam and around the world to meet and share knowledge and experience in the field of Population, Social Work and Sociology;
  • Compiled 7 valuable books on Sociology, Social Work and Community Development.
  • Contributed significantly to the development of the discipline of Sociology in Vietnam, which paved the way for the foundation of Vietnam Sociology Association.


  • 4 refreshment courses for teachers of Social Work lectured by 12 foreign professors (4 from France, 1 from Belgium, 2 from Australia, 3 from the USA, 1 from the UK and 1 from Germany).
  • A number of young staff are sent to study overseas.
  • Built up the discipline of Social Work (at the University and Ministry of Education and Training).

Foreign Relations

  • Expand relations with institutions in the country and over the world, contribute to the improvement of status and prestige of the University inside and outside the country; contribute to the establishment of the Faculties of Sociology and Social Work at Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Establish relations with over 20 universities in the world (the US, France, Japan, Belgium, Australia, Germany, etc.); gained trust from international scholars, particularly those from the USA, France and Australia.


Address: Room 308, 3rd floor, Block A;

336 Nguyen Trai Road, Thanh Xuan, Ha Noi

Tel: (84-4) 3557 5133


The Center for Contemporary Religions at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities-Hanoi was established by the Decree No. 2265 QD/XHNV-TC of the University’s Rector on September 17th, 2007. The Center is designed to provide training assistance and researches on religion issues in service of national socio-economic development and international integration.

The Center’s Missions

- Conducting researches and projects in collaboration with domestic and international partners on religion studies in the basic and applied directions and on religions in Vietnam in the era of renovation in particular.

- Collaborating with other training and research organizations, institutes in the field; providing training courses on religions and policy on religions to meet social demands and to serve national socio-political development.

- The Center has cooperative relations with many domestic and international partners in training and researches in order to fulfill its missions.

The Center’s Structure

The organizational structure of the Center follows the State and University’s regulations. The Center is under the leadership and supervision of the University.

Due to practical and theoretical needs of religious studies in Vietnam and in the world, the Center is now expanding its collaborative relations with organizations, institutions, individual scholars in order to advance its activities.


Room 405, Building A

University of Social Sciences and Humanities-Hanoi

No. 336, Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: 84-4-35589807; Email: