History

Faculty of Oriental Studies, USSH, VNU was officially established in 1995 according to the Decision 436/TCCB issued by VNU's Director on October 21st, 1995. In fact, the Faculty started its activities in 1993, focusing on area and country studies in an inter-disciplinary way. At undergraduate level, the Faculty has founded 5 divisions, namely Chinese studies, Japanese studies, Korea studies, Indian studies and Southeast Asian studies. Every year, the required number of students admitted into the Faculty is 130. The Faculty's current curriculla are up-to-date and systematic. Based on the inter-disciplinary approach, students are able to take advantage of comprehensive knowledge regarding the history, culture, geography, literature, and political-foreign affairs of said countries. In particular, they are taught foreign languagues for specific purposes, namely English, Thai, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

Mission

The Faculty has set forth the following missions:

  • Training high-quality human resources specializing in country studies, meeting societal requirements in the context of integration and globalization.

  • Develop necessary input and provide high-quality knowledge on Oriental Studies for domestic and overseas research projects.

Prominent achievements

After 20 years of development, the Faculty has increasingly raised its status. It has trained over 2000 bachelors and over 200 masters. 90% of its graduates are able to find their right jobs. The Faculty is also training 20 research fellows (8 of whom major Southeast Asian studies).

With its excellent achievements in training and research activities, the Faculty has for several times received diplomas of merit from the VNU's Director (2009-2010, 2013-2014), the diplomas for Unit with excellent Merit from USSH, VNU (2009-2010; 2010-2011; 2012-2013; 2013-2014). Many of its lecturers have received certificates and titles from VNU.

Development orientation

By 2020, the Faculty will have developed into an Institute of Oriental Studies, combining research and training activities with quality as close as possible to that of top-notch regional universities. To this end, the Faculty is preparing the necessary conditions for developing some specialties, increasing its personnel to around 50, and ensuring 100% of its lecturers and researchers are at least Doctors; improving the admission quota to 400 at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels; strengthening international cooperation and research, and ensuring that 50-70 research papers will be published annually.

Undergraduate level

  • Bachelor of Oriental Studies

  • Bachelor of Southeast Asian studies.

  • 2+2 and 1+3 joint bachelor's programs with Busan University of Foreign Studies (South Korea)

Graduate level

  • Master of Asian Studies (since 2000).

  • Doctor of Chinese Studies.

  • Doctor of Southeast Asian studies (since 2007).

The Faculty specializes in area and country studies with an emphasis on the Asian countries. The Faculty's staff has published around 150 articles in 5 years. Since 2010, the Faculty has finished 04 research projects at State level, 01 at Ministry level, 03 at VNU level, 13 at University level; published many textbooks, monographs and lectures; and held many domestic and international conferences. Every year, the Faculty holds a research conference for students and academic seminars for young staff with the sponsorship of Toshiba Foundation (Japan).

Prominent research papers and projects:

  • The series of lectures "Studying the Asian community"

  • Joint research project on Vietnam's rural areas in collaboration with Kyoto University (Japan) and the Asian Association for Rural Studies

  • Collaborate with Showa Women University (Japan) to investigate and preserve cultural heritage.

The Faculty is enjoying cooperation with foreign organizations and institutes such as:

  • The Korea, Japan, India and Iran embassies to Vietnam.

  • Organizations such as Korea Foundation, Japan Foundation, Toshiba International Foundation, KOICA, JICA, One Asia Foundation.

  • International universities such as Tokyo University, Senshu University, Showa Women's University, Nara Women's University (Japan), Seoul University (South Korea), Beijing University (China), NUS, Thamasat University, Rajabhat Phranakhon University (Thailand).

The Faculty's international relations are reflected in the projects that provide scholarships at different levels and of different durations for overseas undergraduates and gradutates such as with National University of Singapore, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mysore University, Delhi University, Calcutta University of India; Chulalongkorn University of Thailand; Taiwan Traffic University, Dong Hua University, Taiwan's Cheng Kung University; Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Inha University, Yongnam University, Sookmyung University, Korean Traditional University of Culture; Tokyo University, Senshu University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Nara Women's University, Tokyo Gakugei University, Osaka University of Economics and Law, Fukuoka Women's University, Kanazawa University of Japan.

Regarding training affairs, the Faculty has always collaborated with foreign organizations to hold many training projects. It has been receiving voluntary teachers from JICA (Japan), KOICA (South Korea), and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Its Division of Korean Studies cooperates with the Korea Foundation and Seoul University to develop a standard collection of textbooks for the major. With the sponsorship by Japan Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation, the Division of Japanese Studies is developing such programs as "Specialized lectures for Japanese Studies", "Exchanges among students majoring Japanese Studies in Southeast Asia and Japan", "Cooperation in Japanese Studies with European and American universities". The Division is also carrying out the Project for Assisting the principal Japanese Studies institute with the support from Tokyo University.

In addition, the Faculty collaborates with the Iranian Embassy to Vietnam to hold Persian language courses for students interested in this language. To improve its international exchanges and cooperation, the Faculty has been teaching Vietnamese language, history and culture for Thai students, and sending its students to international conferences inside and outside Vietnam.

The Faculty has also invited foreign professors to teach undergraduates and graduates (a lecture under the sponsorship of One Asia Foundation, a lecture on the hot issues in the Middle East, a series of seminars on Korean Studies sponsored by Korea Foundation, and lectures on traditional, early-modern and modern Japan for master's candidates); e-meeting study in collaboration with Tokyo University (Japan).