Faculty of Vietnamese studies and language is one of the oldest faculties of USSH, VNU Hanoi, with excellent reputation in researching and training human resources in Vietnamese studies. The Faculty is tasked with training high-quality human resources and promoting the interest in Vietnamese studies and language, contributing to strengthening relations and exchanges between Vietnam and other countries worldwide.

History

  • In 1956, the Vietnamese language Section of Hanoi General University was founded with the task of training Vietnamese language and culture for foreign learners according to the agreement between the Vietnamese government and other countries.

  • In 1968, the Faculty of Vietnamese language, Hanoi General University, was formed.

  • In 1995, the Faculty of Vietnamese language's name was changed to Faculty of Vietnamese language and culture for foreigners.

  • In 1999, the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training signed decision no 826/QĐ-BGD&ĐT-ĐH, permitting the Faculty to launch the bachelor's program on Vietnamese language and culture.

  • In 2008, VNU Hanoi concluded the decision to launch the program of Vietnamese studies including two majors: Vietnamese studies for Vietnamese and Vietnamese studies for foreigners.

  • In 2008: VNU Hanoi concluded the decision to change the Faculty's name to Faculty of Vietnamese studies and language.

Prominent achievements

For the last 50 years, the Faculty of Vietnamese studies and language has trained around 9000 foreign students and interns, 15 of whom became Ambassadors of such countries as China, Cuba, Romania, Mongolia, the UK and France to Vietnam. The Faculty also regularly sends its lecturers to teach and participate in exchanges at universities and research institutes in various countries in the world.  Since receiving its mission of training bachelors of Vietnamese studies, the Faculty has trained 4 batches of both domestic and foreign bachelors of Vietnamese studies, and granted bachelor's degrees for 210 Vietnamese students. 98% of its graduates have been able to find jobs. 

Development orientations

  • Extend the fields of teaching and studying Vietnamese studies based on the inter-disciplinary approach and area studies.

  • Consolidate and modernize the traditional fields.

  • Strengthen the internationalized activities, from international cooperation to publication.

  • Develop some new majors that combine both research and training.

Undergraduate level

  • Bachelor of Vietnamese studies for Vietnamese and foreigners.

  • Courses on Vietnamese language and culture for foreign students according to the agreements signed between the Vietnamese government and other countries.

  • Courses on Vietnamese language and culture for foreign students according to the international joint programs between VNU Hanoi and USSH. 

Graduate level

  • Master of Vietnamese studies for Vietnamese and foreigners.

Short-term training

  • Short-term courses on Vietnamese language and culture for foreign students and learners.

  • Short-term courses on Vietnamese language teaching Methods for domestic and international lecturers.

Main research orientations

  • Focus on Vietnamese studies based on the inter-disciplinary approach and area studies.

  • Teaching contents and methods for Vietnamese studies and language for Vietnamese and foreigners.

  • Vietnamese language in the area of transformation and development.

  • Reform the teaching methods for Vietnamese studies and language.

Prominent research projects

  • VNU level: Distribution and processing of grammatical systems in designing and compiling Vietnamese language textbooks for foreigners  chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr Vu Van Thi, approved in 2016.

  • VNU level: Developing the set of criteria for evaluating Vietnamese language proficiency of international students, code QG.TĐ.13.17 chaired by Prof. Dr Vu Duc Nghieu and conducted by 8 faculty members, approved in 2014.

  • VNU level: Development and transferring of the tool for evaluating Vietnamese language proficiency (VIETTEST) of foreigners,  code QG.TĐ.14.64 chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr Nguyen Thien Nam, approved in 2016.

Research projects in progress

  • Developing the “Framework of Vietnamese language proficiency for foreigners”, according to the Decree 17/2015/TT-BGDĐT issued by MOET on September 1st, 2015.

  • Developing the “Format of the test for evaluating Vietnamese language proficiency according to the Framework of Vietnamese language proficiency for foreigners”, according to the Decision issued by MOET on June, 21st, 2016.

  • Participating in developing the program "Promoting online Vietnamese language teaching for Vietnamese overseas” approved by the Vietnamese Prime Minister on July 12th, 2016 (duration: 2016-2020).

  • Program "Online Vietnamese language for Vietnamese overseas" launched by the Vietnamese government and professionally chaired by the Faculty of Vietnamese studies and language.

  • The general scheme of improving the teaching of Vietnamese language for Vietnamese overseas launched by the Vietnamese government and professionally chaired by the Faculty of Vietnamese studies and language.

  • Research project Vietnam through the eyes of the West in the 16th-18th centuries.

Some prominent joint projects:

  • Joint program on Vietnamese language and culture 3+1 with Chungwoon University (South Korea)

  • Joint program on Vietnamese language and culture 3+1 with Showa University (Japan)

  • Joint program on Vietnamese language and culture for students of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea)

  • Joint program on Vietnamese language and culture for students of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan)

  • Joint program on Vietnamese language and culture for students of Kepko University (South Korea)

  • Joint program on Vietnamese language and culture for students of Daitobunka University (Japan)

Partners

  • Traditional partners: University of Paris 7 (France); Osaka University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Pusan University of Foreign Studies,  Chungwoon University (South Korea), UCLA University, Harvard University, Washington University, Yale University…(America). Silpakorn University (Thailand); Kengshung University, Kaoshiung University, Wenzao University of Languages (Taiwan); Yunnan Nationalities University, Guangdong Foreign Language and Trade University (China); the Asia-Africa Academy and other universities belonging to the former USSR system.

  • Other partners: The Faculty also cooperates with other foreign organizations and companies in training, such as Mitsui & Co., Itochu corporation, Japanese-Vietnam Friendship Association, Kookmin Bank, Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor Company, etc.