2013 - 2014: A fruitful year with bright spots

Thursday - 14/08/2014 12:15
In the academic year of 2013 – 2014, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University Hanoi (VNU) continued to lay solid foundations for training affairs and achieved considerable progress in research and international cooperation, while the quality of its staff was also improved. Apart from accomplishing general goals, the University also scored brilliant results in many fields.
2013 - 2014: A fruitful year with bright spots
2013 - 2014: A fruitful year with bright spots

Solid steps in training affairs

One of the most notable achievements of USSH last term was the Strategy for Planning training programs and majors in the period of 2014 – 2020 under the guidance of VNU. Accordingly, until 2020, USSH will have more than 38 master's programs and 32 doctoral programs. The University will add 02 more doctoral programs in Religious Studies and Library and Information, and 06 master's programs in Vietnamese Cultural History, Vietnamese Studies, Public Policy, Human Resources Management, Office Management and Clinical Psychology.

In quality accreditation, the university successfully finished its assessment of the bachelor's program in Linguistics according to the standards set by ASEAN University Network.

In postgraduate training, the number of doctors increased by 236%. By maintaining the current scale of undergraduate training, enlarging that of postgraduate training, and consolidating the research-training linkage, the University is realizing its goal of becoming a research-based University. 

Issuance of master's degrees in July, 2004 

Research papers increased and research capability upgraded

In the year 2013 – 2014, the number of research papers increased with 14 papers at State level, 17 papers sponsored by NAFOSTED, 3 papers at City Level and various others at University and VNU levels. USSH not only kept its first position in researching sustainable development in Northwest Vietnam, but also launched a new program at VNU level titled “Assessing the current situation and suggesting solutions for social sciences and humanities to promote modernization and industrialization”.

To contribute to the realization of a research-based university, USSH devised policies and solutions to encourage research activities among its staff , especially international publishing. The number of internationally published articles doubled that of the previous years. There were 42 articles, including 06 published in journals recognized in the ISI or Scopus database. There were 03 papers nominated for prominent awards at VNU level, 01 nominated great paper by young researchers at VNU, and 02 strong research groups at VNU level.

The conference for young scholars and postgraduates in the year 2013 – 2014 was successfully organized with over 70 papers, becoming another great achievement of USSH. It was where young researchers inside and outside USSH exchanged their findings, academic and research experiences, and facilitated a network among them.

International Conference: From Dien Bien Phu to Geneva Accords: An International Perspective

Number of international partners reached 200

International cooperation was extended and improved by signing and expanding 20 memoranda of understanding (MOU) with prestigious foreign partners such as Inha University (Korea), Glasgow University (UK), and Adelaide University. The number of MOUs rose to 200. This provided more international programs and research projects collaborated by large universities, which helped  advance USSH’s development resources and international status.

International co-formed majors such as Developmental Psychology for Children and Adolescents, Public and Business Policy Management were developed and increasingly attracted students.

Last August, the Taiwan Education Center was established by USSH and Wenzao Univeristy (Taiwan) with the aim of training Chinese language, holding Chinese language tests, specialized workshops and Vietnam – Taiwan cultural exchanges, etc. This event confirmed the international position and prestige of USSH and its diversification of international cooperation.

The establishment of Taiwan Education Center

Staff’s quality improved

In the year of 2013 – 2014, at USSH 17 staff successfully defended their dissertations, 01 lecturer received the Professor Title, and 07 lecturers became assoc.professors. The number of lecturers that held doctorate degrees were 329, accounting for 90% of the total number. This was a high ratio compared to that of other universities. Also, the strategy to develop high-quality scientists and managers until the year 2020, vision for 2030, was completed, paving the way for developing standardized staff in the future.

In addition, last year saw the full consolidation of various faculties’ personnel, as shown in the appointment of new deans and directors of Faculty of Tourism, Faculty of History, Faculty of Archives and Office Management, Faculty of Linguistics, Faculty of Library and Information, Museum of Anthropology, Center for Media Practice and Office for Inspection and Legal Affairs for the term 2014 – 2019. Many other new divisions, centers and institutes were also established.

The Assistance Fund for staff members of USSH, abbreviated Fund of Humanities, was established to assist the staff suffering from traumas and difficulties. This is an example of the University's caring for its staff so that they could overcome their plights and continue to contribute.

Author: Thanh Ha

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