Đại học Mở Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (Ho Chi Minh City Open University – HCMCOU)

The Ho Chi Minh City Open University (HCMCOU) was founded on July 26th, 1993, according to the Decision 389/Ttg signed by the Prime Minister on the foundation of Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Open Education established on June 15th, 1990 according to the Decision 451/Ttg signed by the Minister of Education and Training. HCMCOU is the first institution to offer an open training with the aim of implementing the directions of the Communist Party and the Government in socializing education and multiplying training types.

HCMCOU is a higher-education institution offering a variety of programs ranging from on-site to distance learning and learning at satellite academic centres. It aims to meet various learning needs of the society and contribute to enrich the country’s human resources.

There are currently more than 60,000 students enrolling in daytime, nighttime, and distance-learning courses at HCMCOU. The university has, thus far, granted approximately 40,000 bachelor degrees and more than 1,500 master degrees.

The University Mission, Vision and Core Values

1. Mission

The HCMCOU is dedicated to promoting a society with active learning by offering flexible and obtainable methods of education to students.

2. Vision

By 2023, HCMCOU continues to strive to be a leading public inter-disciplinary university in Vietnam with priorities in practice-oriented education, knowledge promulgation and public engagement. Meanwhile, distance education will affirm its identity in the Southeast Asia.

3. Core values

HCMCOU is committed to values as follows:

  • Knowledge enrichment

  • Applicability

  • Lifelong learning

  • Public engagement

  • Professionalism, effectiveness, creativeness and hospitality

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Faculty of Sociology-Social Work-Southeast Asiean Studies

The Faculty of Sociology-Social Work-Southeast Asian Studies is one of the 11 faculties of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Open University. As the first faculty within its disciplines in the South of Vietnam, it provides teaching and training services, and research focusing on sociology, social work and Southeast Asian studies. The faculty's students include those attending academic programmes (about 800), distance learning and on-the-job training programmes (about 3,000).

The faculty members include 17 lecturers (3 at doctoral and 14 at masters' levels) and two assistants (responsible for student affairs, and training). The lecturers were trained in Sociology, Social Work, Education, Development Studies, Community Development, Anthropology, Social Administration, and Oriental Studies. In addition to teaching, the faculty provide research and training on topics such as: Gender, Immigration and labour market, community development and resettlement; prevention of domestic violence, women and children trafficking, capacity building for social workers, assistance for people with disabilities, street children, child labours, ageing people, vulnerable women and also health related issues of HIV prevention for children, youth and vulnerable groups.

Most of the works were funded from the World Vision Vietnam, Save the Children Sweden, British Council, Enda Vietnam, Fulbright, Ford Foundation, Save the Children US, Enfants et Développement. Within the last two decades faculty members have been engaging in issues of social inequality (families living in poverty, drop-out rates of children) but also on urban communities in general, and especially their dynamics in relation to globalisation tendencies. A lot of work has also been done on issues of migration - be it the impact of immigration on the labour market or rather issues of cultural communication between Khmer and Vietnamese communities. Recently the Faculty's staff has focused also on human trafficking.

The HCMCOU is supporting project activities taking place in Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces of Vietnam. During joint field trips, joint teaching sessions and workshops with non-academic stakeholders, as well as during the summer-school in HCMC it will closely collaborate and support SISS. HCMCOU will contribute to events and support the project team with administrative and managerial procedures and for project research teams when they are in Ho Chi Minh City and provide miscellaneous help to run the project when and where necessary. The Faculty will contribute with its broad experience in working with the private sector and will contribute through its extensive knowledge of non-academic stakeholders to the projects issues. The staff is very familiar with global issues such as social inequality and migration (human trafficking) and has good knowledge of applications of Geographic Information System (GIS) to research and evaluation.


Thi Anh Quyen Lam

THI ANH QUYEN LAM is currently working on issues of migration and its impact on the labour market, especially in relation to young employed people. She is also very interested on the dynamics between urban private and public spaces. She looks at these issues through the lens of social classes and socialization. In the past years she was involved in research projects on human trafficking, network case management, and HIV.

Thanh-Nghi Bao Nguyen

THANH-NGHI B. NGUYEN has specialised on issues of transnationalisation and its effect on ethnicity as well as socio-economic embedding and gender. Her research includes issues of gender equality, gender bias and gender trends in Vietnam. Her third focus are issues of diaspora, ethnic communities, and migration. She has gained great experience in curriculum design and has participated in the project teaching IID - Innovation for Inclusive Development.

Minh Tri Ha

MINH TRI HA has a yearlong expertise in sociological research and teaching. He is currently working on methodology and evaluation of research findings, especially in relation to the Socio-economic Development Plan and its implementation in Vietnam. He has gained his PhD on this theme in Antwerp, Belgium in 2015. He has also worked on questions of civil society participation in the monitoring and evaluation of ODA in Vietnam.

You can find Mr. Ha Minh's CV here.

Ly Quyet Tien

You can find Mr. Ly's CV here.

Do Hong Quan

You can find Mr. Do Hong's CV here.

Ton-Nu Ai-Phuong

You can find Ms. Ton-Nu's CV here.