Faculties and Departments (1)
1. FACULTY OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Dean: Mr. Huynh Ngoc Thu, Dr.
Vice Deans: Mrs. Phan Thi Hong Xuan, Prf.Dr.
Ms. Dang Thi Kim Oanh, Dr.
Mr. Pham Thanh Duy, Dr.
Tel: (84-8) 39104079 ; 38293828 – ext.134
In a letter No 1399/CV/ĐHQG/ĐT of December 21, 2001, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City gave permission to the University of Social Sciences and Humanities to change the discipline name of Ethnology to Anthropology. Then, the President of USSH issued the decision 97/QĐ-TCCB on April 18, 2002, establishing the Department of Anthropology directly under the Board of Presidents. The Department of Anthropology was upgraded to be the Faculty of Anthropology in 2008.
Anthropology is a science conducting collective research on humanity, in terms of biological, social, and cultural, or ethnic studies. The establishment and development of this Faculty is for the purpose of training university and research institution staff to do research, consultation, appraisal, and evaluation of economic and socio-cultural development programs within the country.
The Faculty of Anthropology has 15 full-time lecturers:
+ Professor: 2
+Doctor : 8
+ Master : 4
+ Bachelor : 1
Experience in training and achievements in research of Ethnology in Vietnam, together with the selection of most modern and contemporary issues / concepts in Anthropology from outstanding institutions of the world have constituted the current training system of the Faculty. It responds adequately and appropriately to the demand of industrialization and modernization of the country. The programs include:
• Four-year Official University Degree Program with two majors: Ethnology (Social and Cultural Anthropology in the Anglo-Saxon system) and Development Anthropology program.
• Four and a half year part time University Degree Program (for students who are working). The major is Religious Ethnology.
• Three-year Graduate Degree Program has currently one major of Ethnology.
The curriculum of the new major of Social Cultural Anthropology is under construction.
Over the last three years, the Faculty has participated in several studies and research projects at different levels: state level (4 projects), national university level (4 projects), ministry level (5 projects), university level (7 projects), provincial level (5 projects) and university conferences (2 conferences). In addition to the cooperation with Toronto (Canada), the Faculty of Anthropology organized a 4 day International Anthropological Conference entitled “Modernity and Tradition in Dynamics in Vietnam: Anthropological Approaches’ with the participation of 70 local scholars and 80 international scholars in Binh Chau from 14-18, December 2007.
Undergraduate students and graduate students have been actively involved in research activities and have gained significant achievements. The numbers of research projects conducted by students have greatly increased over the years.
Graduate students and doctoral students regularly participate in the Conference for Young Scientists and have had quite a number of articles published in the scientific journals of the University and the Journal of Science and Technology of the National University.
The Faculty has cooperated in training and research with the universities and research institutes within the country like Da Lat University, Binh Duong University, Can Tho Political School, Institute of Development Research of the South, Ethnology Institute in Hanoi and the departments of science and technology of many provinces in the South like Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc and Ho Chi Minh City.
In the last few years, the Faculty of Anthropology has carried out 3 projects in cooperation with the Department of Anthropology of Toronto (Canada) in training and research and have two other projects, funded by Ford Foundation up to 2010. Besides, the Faculty also has cooperated with other granting orgnaizations like SEAREP (2 projects), TOYOTA, JAPAN FOUNDATION, Tokyo University, Fullbright Foundation and so on. Generous scholarships and grants have allowed cooperate billateral and muliteral agreements between the Falcuty and Toronto University (Canada), Cornell University, Washington University, South California University (USA) to provide training for 5 master students, 2 Ph.D students and 3 young lecturers.
2. FACULTY OF CULTUROLOGY (CULTURAL STUDIES)
Dean: Mr. Nguyen Van Hieu, Dr.
Vice Deans: Mr. Tran Ngoc Khanh, Dr.
Mrs. Le Thi Ngoc Diep, Dr.
Tel: (84 -8) 39104078 ; 38293828 – ext.145
Culturology is a science focusing on cultural research. Since 2000, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City has first offered master courses in Culturology; till 2002, the Department of Culturology was officially founded, and then the Faculty of Culturology was established in May 28th, 2008.
The Faculty consists of 17 members, including:
+ Doctor : 6
+ Master : 8
It is expected to have 25 members in 2010 and 35 in 2015. Moreover, the Faculty has numerous visiting lecturers, all of whom hold doctoral degrees.
The Faculty offers training at three levels: bachelor (full-time and part-time), master and doctoral degrees.
The Bachelor of Culturology program aims to train experts in culture cognition, history of cultures, geo-culture, culture of ethnic peoples and others subjects relating to Vietnamese and World Cultures.
The Culturology Master training program has the task of complementing and improving the knowledge gained at the undergraduate level, modernizing specific knowledge and enhancing interdisciplinary research. The program also concentrates on proving master with expertise in cultural cognition, cultural history, geo-culture of ethnic peoples and subjects relating to cultures of Vietnam and the world.
The target of doctoral program of Culturology is to train experts in culturology with advanced interdisciplinary knowledge, modernized methodology, and the capacity of creative thinking. With enthusiasm and a sense of responsibility, they should take leading roles in teaching and in research in the field of Culturology.
Since 2003 the Faculty has held four conferences on culturology and culturology training in which one was international. Every year Faculty conduct research, publish research papers in newspapers or magazines, or present papers at conferences or seminars.
Since 2000, there have been twelve works, particularly books, published or reprinted by the Faculty.
The Faculty is currently working on eight ministerial-level projects and key projects at National University level, as well as carrying out a series of other projects for training and research in culturology.
The Faculty has good relationship with research staffs of the National University and others universities, institutes, and specialist offices in the city and all over the world. Members of the Faculty have given lecturers and training courses in over 20 universities throughout the country.
At present, the Faculty has close ties with:
National University of Taiwan
National Chinan University (Taiwan)
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul)
National University of Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Shanghai University (China)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
KAREC, University of New South Wales (Australia)
Every year, the Faculty sends its faculty members abroad for studying, participating in workshops and conferences in many countries such as USA, Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand, etc.
There are currently 10 foreign post-graduate and doctoral students (from Laos, Korea, Taiwan, USA, Iran and Japan) studying and conducting research in the Faculty of Culturology.
Looking ahead, the Faculty is expecting to expand its cooperation relationship in research and training to other universities and institutes worldwide.
3. FACULTY OF EDUCATION
Dean: Mrs. Hoang Mai Khanh, Dr.
Vice Deans: Mr. Nguyen Thi Hao, Dr.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Nhan Dr.
Ms. Tran Thi Nga, MA.
Tel: (84-8) 39101601 ; 38293828, ext.132
The Faculty of Education, founded in 1999, with the main goal of training experts and professionals to work in the field of education and other related fields: teachers in schools, colleges and universities; educators; counselors; researchers and educational administrators.
The Faculty now consists of 20 members, including:
+ Doctor : 3
+ Master : 6
It is expected to have 30 staff members in 2012. Moreover, the Faculty has numerous visiting lecturers, all of whom hold master or doctoral degrees.
The Faculty currently consists of two departments: Department of Educational Administration and Department of Educational Psychology. The Faculty plans to add two additional departments: the Department of School Counseling and the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment.
Bachelor programs currently offer two majors: Educational Administration and Educational Psychology. Two more majors, School Counseling and Curriculum Instruction & Assessment, together with the Master of Education program in two majors: Educational Administration and Educational Psychology are under construction and will be put into operation by 2012. In addition, the master course on educational management was first offered in June, 2009.
Research projects aimed at dealing with educational issues at different levels in the national education system are of the main focus of the Faculty.
Scientific information is frequently exchanged with foreign experts through workshops and international conferences organized in cooperation with various universities and research institutes around the world.
The Faculty of Education has relationships and cooperation with many Universities, Institutions and Department of Education of provinces in the South of Vietnam. This partnership is being developed through research cooperation, student training and internship, short courses in pedagogy and teaching methodology.
The Faculty has very close ties with many Departments of the College of Education, Chinan International University (Taiwan). In the frame of this cooperation, two international conferences on Education were organized successfully. Moreover, two training courses on advanced teaching methodology, led by Chinan University, were held in Ho Chi Minh city, one for 80 lecturers at universities and institutions and the other concerning educational administration for headmasters of schools. Every summer, the Faculty organizes social activities, at Phu My Orphanage, for both Vietnamese students and the Taiwanese students of Department of Comparative Education, Chinan University.
Through the Fulbright program, the Faculty held seminars such as Economics of Education, Curricular and Pedagogical Reform, Academic Governance presented by Dr James Cobbe (University of Florida, USA), and Professor Frances Hoffmann (University of Connecticut, USA).
Recently, the Faculty has just signed an agreement with the College of Education, Hannam University (South Korea). In the future, the Faculty is expecting to expand its cooperation in research and training to other universities and institutes worldwide.
4. FACULTY OF GEOGRAPHY
Dean: Mr.Pham Gia Tran, Dr.
Vice Deans: Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Chau, Dr.
Tel: (84-8) 38293828 - ext. 130
Before 1975, the Faculty of Geography originally was the Section of Geography under the Faculty of Letters – Saigon University. In 1977, the section was renamed the Department of Geography – Ho Chi Minh City University. The Department became the Faculty of Geography in 1990.
The Faculty currently has 30 members, including + Doctor : 4 + Master : 22 + Bachelor : 4 Moreover, the Faculty has numerous visiting lecturers come from scientific and academic institutions. Visiting lecturers give lectures for both under and post graduate programs. Academic activities
The Faculty currently has four departments: (i) Environmental Geography, (ii) Economic Geography and Regional Development, (iii) Demographic and Social Geography and (iv) Cartography-Remote Sensing & GIS. In addition, there are the two laboratories of Environmental Science and the Geographic Information System handled by the Faculty. Graduate programs at master and doctoral degree are offered in two fields: Environmental Resources Utilization and Protection, and Human Geography.
Research group on the Environment and sustainable development. Research areas and cooperation: In cooperation with institutions (both domestic and international) the Faculty has been undertaking various scientific and applied researches ranging from contemporary environmental, socio-economic to regional planning, ecological tourism issues of Vietnam and HCMC in particular such as housing for the poor and low income earners; environmental education in communities and schools; urbanization and health; community-based environmental protection; Assessment of socio-economic impacts of climate change and adaptation; and other fields of natural resources and environment, including remote sensing and GIS application.
In the period 2000-2012, the lectures of the Faculty of Geography have conducted 18 research topics at university level, 11 at Vietnam National University, 2 at National level and 9 co-joint researches. Cooperation The Faculty maintains its cooperation with various local academic and educational institutions such as WACC (Center of Water and Climate Change) and other faculties, Institutes of VNU-HCMC; HCM IRG (Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Resource Geography) of VAST… Foreign partners are DAAD, AUF, Université de Toulouse le Mirail (France), Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (France), Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (Switzerland), Cottbus University (Germany), Okayama University (Japan), etc.
5. FACULTY OF HISTORY
Dean: Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Dung, Dr.
Vice Deans: Prof. Tran Thuan, Dr.
Mr. Luu Van Quyet, Dr.
Mr. Do Ngoc Chien, MA.
Tel: (84-8) 38291099 ; 38293828 – ext.133
The Faculty was established upon the decision of the President of the University of Ho Chi Minh City (decree signed on April 30, 1977). The Department of History was established in 1956 at the Faculty of Letters - Saigon University, which became the Faculty of Letters - University of Ho Chi Minh City after the unification in 1975.
46 members (23 female, 23 male), including:
+ Professor: 4
+ Doctor : 19
+ Master : 18
Currently, the Faculty has 8 departments including Vietnam History Department, World History Department, History of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Ho Chi Minh Studies, Archaeology, Museum studies and Heritage, Archives and Office Management, Historical Methodology and 4 post graduate majors (Vietnamese History, World History, and Archaeology) and 3 Ph.D. Programs (Ancient Medieval History of Vietnam, Modern History of Vietnam, Modern World History)
“Armed forces in the people’s war in the South of Vietnam (1945-1975)”
“Revolution August and the career of building, preserve the revolutionary authority in the area of South Vietnam 1945 - 1975”
“Some issues of archives in the provinces of South Vietnam during the period of industrialization, modernization”
“Commemorating the 50 years after victory of Dien Bien Phu (1954 – 2004): The victory of Dien Bien Phu and the South Vietnam’s battlefield”
“The Anti – American resistance war 1954-1975 – some issues of science and reality”
“The path of 60 years (19466 – 2006) – From the South Vietnam’s resistance war to the Nationwide’s resistance war”
“The Innovation in Vietnam – Some issues of theory and reality”
“The testament of President Ho Chi Minh – the value on history and age”
“Ho Chi Minh City looks forward to 1000 years of Thang Long – Hanoi”
“Vietnam’s history in the context of integration and globalization”
“Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City – 100 years on the way of Ho Chi Minh”
“Ho Chi Minh’s testament – the historical and epochal values”
“Can Dao – 150 years of struggle, construction and development”
Completed scientific projects
“Vietnam – ASEAN relation and the experienced lessons”
“The foreign policy of Thailand from 1932 to 1980s”
“The strategic system of traffic and transportation from the North to the South of Vietnam in the Binh Phuoc province”
“The history of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (1956 – 2006)”
• “The role of Khmer people in Mekong Delta in the career of building and preserving our country from 1975 to present”
“The clue of Ho Chi Minh path in Binh Phuoc province in the anti – American resistance war”
“The Vietnam – United State relation after the Cold War”
“Surveying the impact of the cultural factors on the economic – social development in the Mekong Delta in the first period of industrialization, modernization (2001 - 2010)”
• “Some urgent problems in the industrialization – modernization of the Khmer compatriots in the Mekong Delta (The problems of land, poverty and ethnic relations”
The Departments of Archaeology and Vietnam history have cooperation programs with foreign experts, professors and Ph.D candidates from many universities worldwide:
• Dr. Andreas Reinecke (The Institute of Archaeology, Bonn, Germany)
Dr. Mariam Haidlle (University of Tuebinghen, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Tang Chung (University of Chinese language, Hong Kong)
Prof. Eji Nitta (University of Kagoshima, Japan)
Prof. Mariko Yamagata (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Prof. Sidsel Millerstrom (University of Berkeley, California, US)
Dr. Jason Picard (University of Berkeley, California, US)
6. FACULTY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Dean: Mrs. Dao Minh Hong, Dr.
Vice Dean: Mr. Tran Tuan Dat, MA.,
Ms. Nguyen Thi To Nga, MA.
Tel: (84-8) 39104946 ; 38293828 – ext.135
The Faculty of International Relations (FIR), University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, was established in 2003. Students enrolling in different training programs at the FIR are provided with fundamental knowledge about world politics, Vietnam’s diplomacy, international law, international economy and professional skills in foreign services, among others. While being trained in those programs, students are required to grasp the policy guidelines of the Party and State of Vietnam in the field of foreign affairs. In addition, students are also encouraged to be able to use English as a primary working language in any international working environment. FIR graduates are required to have English proficiency demonstrated by TOEFL (550 PBT, 80 iBT) or IELTS 5.5.
FIR continues improving the quality of training and research, aiming to reach the ANU standard by 2012. FIR is now offering three concentrations for its students, including International Politics, International Economy, and International Law. Students with Bachelor degree in international relations are expected to have sufficient training qualifications to work in departments of external relations of organizations and government offices as well as in non-governmental organizations. They are also capable of working as research and teaching Faculty in the field of international relations. FIR has been offering full-time, part-time undergraduate training programs. Since 2007, FIR has begun offering Master degree training program in international relations.
Currently, FIR has 20 full-time faculty members:
+ Doctor : 4
+ Master : 12 (4 Doctoral candidates)
+ Bachelor : 4
FIR also has visiting faculty from Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Faculty of International Studies (Hanoi National University) and from foreign Universities.
FIR continues improving the quality of training and research, aiming to reach the ANU standard by 2012. Research works conducted by the Faculty also focus on the three concentrations: International Politics, International Economy, and International Law.
FIR keeps strengthening itself to become a regional research unit in the field of international relations that promotes innovative approaches for decision and policy making through effective collaboration with relevant agencies. Every year, FIR has received grants from different foundations such as the Ford foundation, Asia Foundation, SEASREP, which provide FIR with sufficient financial supports to achieve its academic objectives. Moreover, FIR also has a good co-operation with different foreign universities and research institutions.
FIR’s immediate objectives are to: (1) strengthen the current undergraduate programs in IR and develop relevant MA programs; (2) Mobilize resources to set up essential research facilities (2) bring in more expertise.
7. FACULTY OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATION
Dean: Mr. Huynh Van Thong, Dr.
Vice Dean: Ms. Trieu Thanh Le, MA.
Mr. Pham Duy Phuc, MA.
Tel: (84-8) 39104043 ; 38293828 – ext.129
With more than 20 years experienced in the journalism education, the Faculty of Journalism and Communication offers one of the most prestigious journalism programs in Vietnam. Thousands of students graduated from this program are currently working in the media industry. At present, the Faculty is home of more than 700 students (full-time and part-time) coming from Southern areas, central and the highlands of Viet Nam.
The Faculty is committed to excellence and professionalism, aiming to be the leader in journalism and communication education in Vietnam.
The Faculty of Journalism currently has 18 faculty members who are professionally trained in the country and abroad. In addition, the Faculty regularly collaborates with nearly 50 lecturers who are professors, doctors and masters of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as 30 journalists and communication experts.
The faculty offers four types of training:
- Full – time Bachelor Degree: students attend day-time classes to complete 140 learning credits within 3,5-4 years.
- In-serviced Bachelor Degree: students attend night-time classes or monthly-concentrated classes to complete 140 learning credits in 4-4,5 years .
- Second Major Degree: graduated students study 96 credits in 2 years.
- Short-training Course Certificate: The Faculty offers classes in Writing and Editing, Online Production, Public Relations for one who wants to explore the field.
The Faculty plays a key role in journalism, media and communication research in Ho Chi Minh City and the South of Vietnam. Our strengths are: history of journalism, journalistic writing language, new media, media and society, media and culture, media economics, media management, audience research, communication applications.
The Faculty currently has two cooperative programs:
- MA in Journalism (in cooperation with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ha Noi)
- MSc in Media Management( in cooperation with Stirling University, Scotland, UK)
Besides, the Faculty maintains long-term relationships with other journalism education centers in Vietnam and in other country like Deakin University (Australia), and City University (UK).
8. FACULTY OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
Dean: Mrs. Nguyen Hong Sinh, Dr.
Vice Dean: Mrs. Bui Ha Phuong, MA.
Tel: (84-8) 38244 011 ; 38293828 – ext.143
The Faculty of Library Sciences was established in 1984 and was renamed as the Faculty of Library and Information Sciences in 1990. Since 1994 The Faculty has been developed in two Departments - Department of Library Science, Department of Bibliography and Information Science.
The Faculty consists of 11 members, including:
+ Doctor : 2
+ Master : 5
In addition, the Faculty has invited 15 experienced experts from various institutions in library and information sciences to teach as guest lecturers.
The Faculty offers an education program on Library and Information Sciences at two levels – Bachelor and Master.
The Bachelor program aims to train students to be librarians and information professionals with fundamental knowledge in library and information sciences and with basic skills to conduct research, to teach or to work in various kinds of libraries, information centers and other organizations.
The Master program aims to train students to be experts in library and information sciences at the level of career reasoning, management and apply modern technology in library and information activities.
Recently, the Faculty has held four conferences, completed two research projects at university level and published many textbooks as well as reference books.
The Faculty has built close relationship with training foundations through the country, supported students on practicum and searching jobs, assisted teaching staff in applying theory into practice and conducting research.
The Faculty has set up cooperation with international experts and institutes, assisted teaching staff attending conference and pursuing their studies at higher levels in foreign institutions.
9. FACULTY OF LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS
Dean: Mr. Le Giang, Prf. Dr., Title of Outstanding Teacher.
Vice Deans: Mrs. Tran Le Hoa Tranh, Prf. Dr.
Mrs. Huynh Thi Hong Hanh, Dr.
Mr. Le Quang Truong, Dr.
Tel: (84-8) 38243326 ; 38293828 – ext.146
After April 30, 1975, at the Faculty of Letters – Saigon University, the Department of Vietnamese Linguistics was formed through the integration of two sections, namely, the Section of Vietnamese Literature and the Section of Chinese Language. In 1978, the Faculty of Vietnamese Literature and Linguistics was established. In 1994, with the approval of the Ministry of Education and Training, the Faculty started offering courses in Journalism; and was renamed the Faculty of Literature, Linguistics and Journalism which was renamed Faculty of Literature and Linguistics in 2007.
The Faculty has 43 members, including 8 professors, 18 doctors, 14 masters and 11 bachelors. There are many visiting lecturers from other universities and from research institutes in Ho Chi Minh City as well as in Ha Noi.
The Faculty currently consists of 7 Departments: Vietnamese Literature, Literary Theory & Criticism, Vietnamese Folk Culture, Foreign Literatures & Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Sinoloy & Nom Studies, Arts Studies
• Undergraduate programs: Literature, Linguistics, Sinology & Nom Studies
• Master programs: Vietnamese Literature, Foreign Literatures, Linguistics
• Doctoral programs: Vietnamese Literature, Literary Theory, Comparative Linguistics, General Linguistics
The Faculty has a library with thousands of books, theses and dissertations.
• Sinology & Nom studies (studies of Vietnamese in traditional characters)
• Folklore (with the focus on folklore in the South of Vietnam, folklore of the ethnic groups)
• Vietnamese literature (with the focus on literature in the South of Vietnam)
• World literature, comparative literature
• Linguistics, Vietnamese language
• Art studies (with the focus on traditional art in the South of Vietnam)
Conferences from 2001
Literature in “Quoc Ngu” in the South of Vietnam (2001)
Comparative literature: Survey and translation (2002)
Myth and literature (2005)
Literature in “Quoc Ngu” in the South of Vietnam in the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. (2006)
Chinese classical theoretical ideas of literature.
“Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc” and the educational reforms at the beginning of the 20th century in Vietnam (2007)
Contemporary Vietnamese poetry (2008)
Renovation of curriculum and methods of teaching literature for the undergraduate and graduate programs of the university (2008)
Sinology & Nom studies and the studies of Vietnamese culture (2009)
Modernization process in Japanese literature and in the literatures of Eat-Asian region (International Conference, 2010)
Vietnam and China: Cultural and Literary Interrelation in History (International Conference, 2011)
Vietnamese and Japanese Literature Viewed from an East Asian Perspective (International Conference, 2011)
The Faculty works in cooperation not only with other Faculties within the University, but also with other universities in Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Hue , Da Lat, Mekong Delta, etc. In addition, the Faculty carries out academic activities with Chinan University (Taiwan); Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Korea), Harvard Yenching Institute (USA), Findlay University (USA), etc.
10. FACULTY OF CHINESE LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE
Dean: Mr. Nguyen Dinh Phuc, Prf. Dr.,
Vice Deans: Mrs. Nguyen Minh Thuy, MA.
Mrs. Bui Thi Hanh Quyen, MA.
Tel: (84-8) 39100219 ; 38293828 – ext.142
In 1997 the Department of Chinese Linguistics and Culture was established from the merge of the Department of Chinese Language under the Faculty of Literature, Linguistics and Journalism, and the Department of Chinese Studies under the Faculty of Oriental Studies. The Department became the Faculty of Chinese Linguistics and Culture in 1999.
The name of the Faculty clearly states its training goal, with much emphasis placed on modern Chinese. Senior students are able to follow lectures given in Chinese. The training is not limited to communication in Chinese. Additionally, students are also provided with the necessary comparative foundation in Chinese and Vietnamese culture.
During the four years of study, in addition to modern Chinese, students also study China’s history, Chinese philosophy, and Chinese arts and literature, as well as taking part in cross-cultural activities. The Faculty also makes effort to enable undergraduate students to study overseas or continue post graduate level at home or abroad.
The Faculty of Chinese language and literature has 27 members, including:
+ Doctor : 03
+ Master : 21
+ Bachelor : 03
At present, 4 faculty members are pursuing postgraduate programs in China, including 2 Doctoral students and 2 Master’s students.
Undergraduate activities: training and researching the Chinese language and culture. After completion of the program, graduates can work in diplomatic missions, cultural organizations, home and foreign companies, or teach Chinese in universities and high schools.
Scientific research: the highlighted point is the students’ scientific research. For many consecutive years the Faculty has been acknowledged as the only Faculty of foreign-language linguistics and literature to be awarded the Merit of Compliments for its students’ achievements in scientific research. Many have won First Prize at all three levels: university-city-ministry; and many research studies have been published (for example, the Chinese-Vietnamese Antonym Dictionary).
The Faculty has published several core textbooks for teaching and learning, such as the textbook on calligraphy – the first of its kind nationwide.
The Faculty of Chinese Linguistics and Literature is one of the Faculties in which international cooperation is particularly extensive, practical and effective. Following are cooperative programs that reflect good partnership with foreign institutions:
- student- and lecturer-exchange programs with Trung Son University, China
- student- and lecturer-exchange programs with Guangxi University, China
- teaching Vietnamese for Vietnamese-English and English-Vietnamese translation to Bang Tuong Southeast Asian Foreign Language, China
- teaching Vietnamese for Vietnamese-English and English-Vietnamese translation to Quang Tay Technical Agricultural, China
Those cooperative programs have taken place regularly since 2002.
11. FACULTY OF ENGLISH LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE
Dean: Mr. Le Hoang Dung, Dr.
Vice Deans: Mrs. Pho Phuong Dung, Dr.
Mrs. Tran Thi Le Dung, MA.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thu Ngan, MA.
Tel: (84-8) 38243328 ; 38293828 – ext.136 (Dean's Office)
(84-8) 39100470 ; 38293828 – ext.137 (Registrar)
The Faculty of English Linguistics and Literature (EF) was initially established in 1956 as the English Department of the Faculty of Letters –Saigon University, and became the English Department of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Ho Chi Minh University after 1975. To meet the social demand and development at the time, the English Department became an independent Faculty in the late 1990s under its current name and has continuously developed ever since as one of the leading faculties of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City.
The Faculty has 54 full-time lecturers (including 8 faculty pursuing higher education abroad) and a large number of part-time faculty. Noticeably, the majority of EF’s faculty earned their degrees abroad or at least have received other training courses in an English speaking country. EF also often invites scholars and professors from other countries (particularly from the US, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, etc.) to handle different courses, conduct workshops and/or presents in seminars or conferences held by the EF.
The Faculty’s primary objective is to provide its students with a dynamic and professional learning environment that strongly encourages their creativity, inquisitiveness, independent thinking, and holistic personal development. With its various modes of training at both undergraduate level (regular, in-service, second-degree, associate degree, transfer program and honors program for BA in English Linguistics and Literature), and graduate level (MA in TESOL), EF has so far produced thousands of Bachelors and Masters of English, who have worked in varied fields such as English teachers, researchers, translators, officials and experts. Degree recipients have worked domestically and at foreign organizations, thus greatly contributing to the rapid socio-economic development of Vietnam, especially of the South.
Enrolment & Students
Annually, EF enrolls about 4,500 students of different modes of training. The emergence of three different specializations for the undergraduates level in the recent years, including Linguistics, English Language Teaching Methodology, American and British Culture and Literature, and Translation and Interpreting, better caters the demands of learners in particular and the society in general. Through practicum in both local and foreign institutions (in Thailand, the Philippines, etc.) and internship in local companies, EF students can widen the knowledge and enrich their experience. EF students are thought to be among the most dynamic and competent of the institution.
In addition to the teaching mission, the Faculty seriously takes considers research a crucial part in its development. Several of EF’s faculty and graduate students have devoted their time and effort to doing research to improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning at faculty level, institutional level, among others. These outputs are periodically presented at annual seminars held by the Faculty and the institution which attract a large number of participants from both inside and outside the faculty. Others academic activities include writing textbooks, reference books, translation of foreign books, etc.
Since 1995, EF has established linkages with both foreign and local institutions. Some examples are the academic cooperation in offering of MA in Applied Linguistics and PhD in Education with Latrobe University (Australia), 2+2 for BA degree with Chosun University (Korea), among other potential linkages. Some recent seminars and conferences include CEQET2010 (Controlling and Enhancing Quality of English Teaching) and ICELT2012 (International Conference on English Language Teaching in ASEAN Universities). Particularly, the latest international conference (ICELT2012, which becomes a biennial international conference, attracts more than 200 participants from both local and different ASEAN nations. While conferences and seminars (e.g. ICELT2014) are being planned for 2014 and the coming years, several research projects are being carried out by the faculty members. EF staff and administration advocate further establishment of linkages with both local and foreign departments, institutions and organizations for effective cooperation in research as well as academic initiatives.
English Resources Center
Besides the teaching and learning facilities and infrastructure provided by the institution, the Faculty has a mini-library called the English Resource Center (ERC), which was established in June 1993 under the sponsorship of BP (British Petroleum) and Maxwell Macmillan Publishing Co., primarily catering for the teaching and learning needs of both lecturers and students of the Faculty. With the continuous contributions and donations from many individuals and organizations since its establishment, the ERC currently houses more than 6000 book titles of English language teaching, American literature, British literature, English linguistics, 180 theses (of MA program in TESOL), 980 CDs, VCDs and DVDs of teaching materials, 600 firsette tapes, 150 films in English or with English subtitles, 5 computers with internet access, among others. The ERC has so far had 500 members and served thousands of readers, not only professors and students from the Faculty, but also from other institutions in the South.
12. FACULTY OF FRENCH LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE
Dean: Ms. Nguyen Bach Quynh Chi, Dr.
Vice Deans: Mr. Le Hong Phuoc, Dr.
Ms. Dang Truong Hoang Phuong, MA.
Tel: (84-8) 38293828 – ext.141
The history of the Faculty of French Linguistics and Literature is closely associated with the development of university education in Ho Chi Minh City. Together with the foundation of University of Ho Chi Minh City, the French Faculty of the former University of Letters became the French Faculty of the University of Ho Chi Minh City. In 1989, as specified by the decision of the Board of Rectors, the French Faculty was developed to be the Department of French Linguistics and Literature. In 1996 the French Linguistics and Literature Department became a Faculty of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, a member of the National University of Ho Chi Minh City.
Currently the Faculty of French Linguistics and Literature has faculty members of 4 doctors and 11 masters, including 12 inherent lecturers and 3 visiting lecturers, who can meet the demands of most of the subjects of the curricula.
The effort of the Faculty has brought about the relatively consistent quality for the outcome. Evidence of achievements includes the students and former students of the Faculty who have attained in the French competition organized annually by the French Embassy in Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh City Consulate-General of France and the French Cultural Exchange Institute.
The full time undergraduate program is based on the actual conditions of the Faculty and the university, and on the training objectives of the Faculty of French Linguistics and Literature. Next to the subjects of Linguistics, French Literature, Civilization, Culture, are added the specific language skills in trade and tourism through a number of irregular subjects, so as to give students knowledge and skills to work effectively in fields using French.
The volume of professional knowledge includes 137 credits in 4 years, distributed in eight semesters.
All the lecturers of the Faculty continue to conduct a research into post-graduate and Master subjects. In recent years, some lecturers have participated in scientific research, writing research reports published in the magazine "Language and Life," Saigon Times Computers and magazines "Social Sciences and Humanities».
The Faculty always creates conditions and support for students participating in the contest at national, regional, or international levels organized by the French Embassy in Hanoi, the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, and Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) with the purpose of promoting students to deepen their professional knowledge in French. Frequently, the contestants from the Faculty have won highest prizes. They are also encouraged in participating in scientific research launched by USSH. They eventually receive good rewards from those research contests.
The Faculty of French Literature and Linguistics in its developing process has established cooperation relation with AUPELF-UREF, the University of Natural Sciences and created good relationships with AUF, CREFAP (OIF Ho Chi Minh City), Pedagogy University.
The Faculty consolidates current relations while developing and constructing new potential projects in the future in correspondence with the integrating tendency of University of Social Sciences and Humanity particularly and Vietnam National University generally.