USSH Introduction

VIETNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY HOCHIMINH CITY
UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES



1. THE UNIVERSITY’ NAME:
Vietnamese: Trường Đại học Khoa học Xã hội và Nhân văn – Đại học Quốc gia Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
English: the University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City

2. ABBREVIATION OF THE UNIVERSITY’S NAME
Vietnamese: ĐH KH XH&NV
English: HCMUSSH

3. GOVERNING ORGANIZATION: Vietnam National University – HCMC
4. UNIVERSITY’S TYPE: Public University

5. HISTORY

The Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities (or the USSH) boasts a 60-year history of establishment and growth. After the 1954 Geneva Accords, the University was founded in Saigon, but its origins go back to the Hanoi University of Letters. The University’s predecessor, the French Preparatory College of Letters in Saigon as an affiliate member of the Vietnam National University (later changed into the University of Saigon), was founded in November 1955.

On March 1st 1957, the Faculty of Letters, part of the University of Saigon, was officially established. From 1976 till 1996, the Faculty of Letters matured into one of the two component members of the Ho Chi Minh City University, covering social sciences and humanities. 
Pursuant to Decision No 1233/QD-BGD&DT signed by the Minister of the Ministry of Education and Training Tran Hong Quan, the University officially bore the name of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh city on March 30th 1996. 
Currently, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities has more than 890 faculty members and non-teaching staff. The percentage of the academic staff holding professorial titles or postgraduate degrees is 98.4 %. There are more than 22,000 students enrolled in 28 undergraduate programs, 38 postgraduate programs and over 10 joint programs in collaboration with international partners. The programs offer students access to a very diverse selection of academic options from which to choose, and enhance students’ capabilities to embrace the challenge of the country’s modernization and industrialization, translating what they learn into professional achievements. 

The Breakdown Table of the Academic Levels of Faculty Members and Non-Teaching Staff Lecturers:

 
Academic Ranks of Faculty and Non-Teaching Staff:
 Professorial titles:   Doctorates  Master’s degree holders  Bachelor’s degree holders  Junior College degrees and others
 55   224  419  221  61
 
Faculty Appointments/Academic Ranks
 Professorial titles and doctorates  Master’s degree holders  Bachelor’s degree holders  Others
 39%  60% 1%  0%

The University is one of the two biggest institutions in the field of social sciences and humanities in Vietnam. The school is always the pioneering institution in terms of offering new academic programs to meet societal demands such as Vietnamese studies, Oriental Studies, Anthropology, International Relations, Urban Studies, Spanish Linguistics and Literature, Italian Linguistics and Literature, and so on. In addition, the University is the leading institution nationwide in having over 200 registered international students across the world, e.g. Japan, Korea, Laos, Cambodia, the United States, Singapore, Austria, Turkey, Thailand, Australia, in degree programs and over 5,000 students enrolled in short-term courses.
The university has about 22,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in 28 undergraduate programs, 38 postgraduate programs and over 10 joint programs in collaboration with international partners. 

6. CAMPUSES

Currently, the university has two main campuses:
- The main campus is located at 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 with an area of 1.2 hectares. It is home to the President’s and Vice President’s office, administrative offices, faculties, departments, and international centers. It also houses final year students, foreign students and students in high-quality training programs. 
- The second campus with an area of 23 hectares in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District is housing first year, second year and third year students. The University is accelerating the construction of facilities such as administrative building, lecture halls, library, museum, sports complex, and service centers to turn Linh Trung campus into a modern academic campus. The campus is part of the 700-hectare college town of the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City. 
(updated till January 2017)

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