Faculty of History is one of the first faculties of Hanoi General University, now University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU. According to the Decree no 775-NĐ dated September 14th, 1956 issued by Ministry of Education, Faculty of Literature-History was established. Later in 1956, the Faculty was split into faculties of History and Literature. Since then, the famous personalities and generations of bachelors, masters and doctors have been greatly contributing to Vietnam's fight for national independence and construction.


One of the central, prestigious and traditional faculties of basic science, the Faculty of History is tasked with leading the creation and dissemination of knowledge and training of high-quality and multi-faceted human resources serving the cause of national construction and development.

Prominent achievements

  • Created the School of Vietnam General University's Historical Studies.

  • Launched and participated in many big projects dealing with Vietnam's history and culture.

  • Published nearly 6,000 domestic and international research projects.

  • Trained nearly 10,000 bachelors, masters and doctors.

  • Received two Orders of Hero of labor in renovation area for the Faculty (2000) and Prof. Tran Van Giau (2003).

  • 06 Ho Chi Minh's awards (Prof. Tran Duc Thao, Prof. Dao Duy Anh, Prof. Tran Van Giau, Prof. Ha Van Tan, Prof. Tran Quoc Vuong, Prof. Phan Huy Le); 04 State Awards (Prof. Phan Huy Le, Prof. Phan Dai Doan, Prof. Phan Huu Dat, Prof. Nguyen Thua Hy).

  • International awards: Prof Phan Huy Le received the Fukuoka International Award of Asian Culture (Japan, 1996), Palme d'Or Academy Award (France, 2002), Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2011), Docteur Honoris Causa by École française d'Extrême-Orient (France, 2016); Prof. Tran Quoc Vuong received the Rockeller Fellow Award (America, 1990), The man of the year 2000 - ABC, America, 1/2000 scholars of the XXth century -IBC, Cambridge, UK, 2000, Professor Emeritus (Tokyo, Japan, 2000), (Asian Pacific Who is Who - India, 2004).

Development orientation

Continue to improve the quality of undergraduate and graduate training, focus on developing the specialized program of Culture Management and new disciplines by increasing the inter-disciplinarity and diversification of training methods, ensuring high quality, and thoroughly making use of every available potential to slowly expand the capability to serve the political and social ends of historical studies; strengthen academic activities and cooperation with regional and worldwide universities and research centers.

Undergraduate level

Offering regular and advanced bachelor's programs in History:

  • Vietnamese history

  • Archaeology

  • History of the Vietnamese Communist Party

  • History of the world

  • Culturology and History of Vietnamese culture

  • Urban history.

Graduate level

  • Master of Vietnamese history

  • Master of Archaeology

  • Master of History of the Vietnamese Communist Party

  • Master of History of the world

  • Master of Historical studies and historical texts

  • Master of History of Vietnamese culture

Main research orientations

Regarding academic affairs, the Faculty of History takes basic science as the first and foremost cornerstone in compiling textbooks, lectures and increasing training quality. The Faculty has done its best to enlarge the scope of research and harmoniously combine basic and applied sciences. Its research papers thus cover all the aspects of historical studies. One of its strategic mottos has been to strictly combine training and research. Accordingly, research activities have been considered its primary objective.

With over 60 years of development, the Faculty of History has always been known for its achievements in research activities. Each year, its staff publish averagely over 100 articles on domestic and foreign journals, workshops and conferences; on average, each staff publishes 3 articles/year. Annually, there are more than 10 reference books and textbooks authored and edited by the Faculty's staff. Most of its staff have directly chaired or participated in many research papers and projects at different levels, from USSH level to VNU and State levels (around 10 papers/year).

Professors such as Tran Duc Thao, Dao Duy Anh, Tran Van Giau, Ha Van Tan and Tran Quoc Vuong have received the Ho Chi Minh's Awards; Prof. Phan Huy Le received the Fukuoka International Award of Asian Culture; professors Phan Dai Doan, Phan Huu Dat, Nguyen Thua Hy and Phan Huy Le received the State Awards; professors Tran Quoc Vuong, Ha Van Tan and Pham Thi Tam received awards for prominent research papers from VNU.

The Faculty's current and upcoming research orientations focus on:

  • History of Vietnam's Central and Southern areas.

  • Vietnam's urban areas and urbanization.

  • Domestic and international cultural spheres, spaces and interactions.

  • Vietnam's relations and progress of establishing its sovereignty over the South China Sea.

  • Vietnam's international relations, integration and particular path of development.

  • Asia's maritime trade and relations, the models and paths of development of Asian countries. 

Current prominent research projects and programs

  • State level: Chairing/Authoring/Co-authoring 15 projects of the Program on Vietnamese History.

  • VNU level: Chairing 5 projects.

  • In collaboration with the localities: Chairing 01 paper of the Project for Thang Long Library Stage II; chairing 01 project in collaboration with Dong Trieu district, Quang Ninh province. 

  • International level: chairing 01 project sponsored by Korean Studies Grant-Korea and participating in 01 project sponsored by SEASREP

For over 20 years, the Faculty's international cooperation has been strengthened in many areas: area studies and holding international seminars and conferences, and publications. Apart from maintaining relations with the Chinese, Russian and Eastern European countries, the Faculty is one of the first to cooperate with Western, Japanese and Southeast Asian partners. In the 1990s, Project VH26 was the only social project co-organized by Vietnam's MET and the Netherlands that trained experts and provided the Faculty with not only equipment and facilities but also opportunities to reach out to the European and American world. Each year, the Faculty sends dozens of staff to participate in short-term and long-term courses and seminars overseas. Many of its staff have been granted scholarships to conduct research programs and engaged in training courses. Many have received master's and doctoral degrees in Western, North American countries and Australia.

In addition, the Faculty of History has received hundreds of experts from the Netherlands, France, Germany, the UK, Italia, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, China, America, South Korea, etc. according to cooperative programs. A large number of research fellows, interns, graduates and students from South Korea, Japan, Laos, America, Australia, the Netherlands etc. have studied at the Faculty, many of whom have received doctoral and master's degrees.

The Faculty's staff have participated in many foreign workshops and conferences and directly held international conferences in Vietnam such as those dealing with Hoi An ancient city, Hien City, ancient Hanoi, Bach Coc (Nam Dinh), the ceramic trade, Vietnamese studies, Vietnam in the 20th century, the discovery and establishment of sovereignty over the Southern lands, 50 years of the Dien Bien Phu victory, 30 years of the Vietnam war, 100 years of social sciences and humanities, and 100 years of the Dong Du (Easternward) movement.

The Faculty currently maintains relations with around 50 international training and research centers: universities such as California Fullerton, California Berkeley, Montana, Princeton, Texas, Hawaii, Ohio (America); Toronto University (Canada); Australia National University (Australia); Leiden University, Amsterdam (the Netherlands); universities of Humboldt, Passau, Frankfurt, Konstanz, Griessen, Greifswald, and Museum of Archaeology (Germany); Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris VII (Paris Diderot University), France Museum of Military History of Ministry of Defence (France); Auckland National University (New Zealand); Singapore National University, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore); National University of Tokyo, Osaka University, Hiroshima University, Kansai University, and Kanazawa University (Japan); Seoul National University, Inha University (South Korea), Beijing, Jilin, Zhongshan, Hemin universities (China), Shenggong, Hualien (Taiwan), etc.