Vietnam and France determine to bring University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) to international standard


During the visit to Vietnam by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations and 5 years of strategic partnership between Vietnam and France, on November 2, 2018, the Governments of the two countries signed the Phase 2 Agreement on the development of USTH.

Under the witness of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister of France Édouard Philippe, Mr. Bertrand Lortholary, French Ambassador to Vietnam, and Prof. Chau Van Minh, President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), officially signed an intergovernmental agreement between the two countries on the second phase of the development of USTH, also known as Vietnam - France University.

Mr. Bertrand Lortholary, French Ambassador to Vietnam and Prof. Chau Van Minh, President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, sign the 2nd phase of USTH development (Photo: Thu Trang)

Under the agreement, the Vietnamese and French Governments expressed their determination to build USTH into an international-class excellent university, especially becoming a leading university in Southeast Asia. The French Government committed to continuing strong support for the development of USTH. Specifically, in training, the French side affirmed that they would participate more in pedagogical support and evaluation of university level programs. In particular, the two sides will begin to implement the grant of French - Vietnamese diplomas for Master's training programs, while enhancing the exchange of students, lecturers and researchers among French and USTH university training and research institutions. In terms of research, the two sides pledged to expand cooperation on sustainable and high level science and technology, and develop common international mixed laboratories.

USTH hall

USTH was established under the Intergovernmental Agreement between Vietnam and France (phase 1 between 2009-2019). After 10 years of development, USTH has made remarkable achievements in training and research activities. The signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement Phase 2 affirmed the importance of USTH in higher education and research cooperation between Vietnam and France, and marked the two Governments’ recognition about the initial success of the university.

Marking the beginning of a new phase in the university development journey, on November 3, 2018, USTH signed a cooperation agreement with the French Research and Development Institute (IRD) and many other partners to establish international linking laboratories: Study center of the land-ocean-atmosphere regional coupled system (LMI LOTUS) and Laboratoire Mixte International - “Drug Resistance in South East Asia” (LMI DRISA); and signed a cooperation deal with the French National Space Research Center (CNES) in order to develop space research and training activities.

As a research university, the goal of USTH is to implement internationally recognized and high-quality research programs, associated with long-term academic value and applications for socio-economic development.

Together with international joint laboratory on Functional Genomics and Biotechnology for Plants and Associated Microorganisms (LMI RICE 2), research laboratory on “Intelligent Computer Science” (ICTLab ) and the Laboratory for “Clean Energy and Sustainable Development” (CleanED), the birth of DRISA and LOTUS has officially raised the total number of international mixed laboratories at USTH to 5.



USTH signs a cooperation agreement with the French Research and Development Institute (IRD) and many other partners to establish international linking laboratories.

These are international research units gathering the participation of many excellent and experienced scientists from universities, research organizations of Vietnam, France and many other countries. The research projects implemented focus on addressing current global issues such as climate change, development of clean energy and sustainable agriculture.

Accordingly, USTH is a pioneer university in space science training in Vietnam. Cooperation agreement with the French National Space Research Center (CNES), one of the top three space research centers of Europe and the world, opens up many opportunities for learning and exchanging with outstanding international scientists for USTH lecturers, researchers and students.

Taking photo after the signing ceremony

Tranlated by Phuong Huyen
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