Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology
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|Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology|
|Đại học Bách khoa Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh|
|Established||October 27, 1957|
|President||Assoc. Prof Vu Dinh Thanh|
|Academic staff||1,038 (2012)|
|Students||24.910 (2009 Fall)|
|Undergraduates||16.906 (2009 Fall)|
|Location||268 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Dist.10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
14.8 ha (Main Campus)
26 ha (Campus Under Construction)
|Website|| (Vietnamese)  (English)|
Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Abbreviation: HCMUT, Vietnamese: Trường Đại học Bách khoa, Đại học Quốc gia Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, French: Institut polytechnique de Ho Chi Minh Ville) – a member of Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City - still referred to by many as Phu Tho, is the flagship university in technology teaching and research activities in Vietnam. The university plays the active role in the fields of talents cultivation and providing manpower with strong technical skills to the Southern areas of Vietnam.
HCMUT is a center of technology - industry and management training. The HCMUT training activities have made a remarkable contribution to satisfy the increasing demands for man power of the industrialization and modernization in Vietnam generally and Southern Vietnam areas particularly. Moreover, HCMUT is also the science research and technology transfer center which plays the significant role in providing information, applications of advanced technologies and technologies transfers to concerning industrial zones in the Southern areas of Vietnam.
Up to May 2005, HCMUT has 11 faculties, 10 research and development (R&D) centers, 4 training centers, 10 functioning offices and one limited company. During the past 30 years since Vietnam's unification, 45,000 engineers and Bachelors have graduated from HCMUT. Since 1994, HCMUT have trained 20,000 Bachelors of Science, 1,503 Masters and 25 Doctors, many of whom are either keeping management roles and or leading experts in state-owned or foreign-investment enterprises of different industries in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces.
Established on Oct 27, 1957, the university was known as Phu Tho National Center of Technology. The center included 4 partner colleges: College of Civil Engineering, College of Electrical Engineering, College of Industrial Arts Engineering (École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs des Arts Industriels - Kỹ sư Công nghệ), Vietnam National Maritime Engineering.
In 1960s, College of Chemistry was established, belonging to Phu Tho National Center of Technology.
In 1972, Phu Tho National Center of Technology was renamed as National Institute of Technology, which was the only center of South Vietnam to train technical engineers and experts. According to the decree 010/SL/VNGDTN signed on January 11, 1974, the National Institute of Technology was merged into Thu Duc Institute of Polytechnic and renamed as University of Technology. In the same year, Thanh Hoa Post Graduate Department (the current Environmental Engineering Faculty) was established in the College of Civil Engineering. It was the first time when the university conducted post graduate training program. After the national reunification, the university was renamed as Ho Chi Minh City University of Polytechnic as Saigon was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City (according to the Decision 426/Ttg signed by The President of the Cabinet on October 2, 1976). Being one of the three largest universities of technology in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City University of Polytechnique has the mission of training engineers majoring in the fields of capital construction, industry, resources exploration and exploitation, and environment preservation to provide a force of manpower mainly for the southern areas of Vietnam.
Since 1981, HCMUT has expanded its scope into postgraduate training. In 1990, HCMUT opened the Master degree training system. Actually, the postgraduate training in HCMUT has been focused since 1981.
According to decision 16/CP by The Prime Minister on January 17, 1995, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) was founded. Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology became one among the 9 members of VNU-HCM and was renamed as University of Technology.
According to decision 15/2001/QĐ-TTG and decision 16/2001/QĐ-TTg by The Prime Minister on December 2, 2001, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City was reorganized with 3 members and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology gained back its traditional name as University of Polytechnic.
Ho Chi Minh University of Technology has two campuses: one is located in the inner of Ho Chi Minh City and the other in the outskirts of the city. The former one has an area of 14.8 ha, of which address is 268 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Dist.10, Ho Chi Minh City. The campus has 117 classrooms (14.479 m2), 96 laboratories (12.197 m2), 3 workshops (6.950 m2), and 1 library (1.145 m 2 – for both undergraduate and graduate student). The latter one, with an area of 26 ha, is located in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. In May 2005, the first building of the campus was started construction with a building area of 17.600 m2, totally costing 66 billions VND. Besides the two campuses, HCMUT also has an inner city dormitory with an area of 1,4 ha. As the dormitory was seriously downgraded, it has been torn down for the preparation of building a new one, for which the expenditures are 101 billions VND (of which 50% self-funded by the university and 50% borrowed from the need-enhancing budget of HCM city).
The remarkable event of the past 5 years (from 2001–2005) is that, with the self-funded budget (from tuition fees, science research and technology transfer and other training activities), HCMUT has been focusing on rebuilding an area of 26.128 m2 (increases 40% in comparison to that of 1995), upgrading classrooms, laboratories, the library, of which total area is 7.670 m2 (increases 50% in comparison to that of 1995), investing in equipment for training activities. All classrooms are equipped with projectors and computers, laboratories with modern tools for training and science researching (worth 80 billions VND).
At HCMUT, a decent number of teaching and learning materials in various fields are available almost all of the time. Among them, 55% (509 titles) are compiled by HCMUT professors. There are 277 titles of magazines (191 foreign languages and 86 Vietnamese ones), 9460 titles with more than 36.555 books, 30 computers for internet accessing and other types of materials such as scientific magazines in the library. The library is invested with an annual budget of more than one billion VND in maintenance, learning materials, including printing curriculum for educational purposes.
To fulfill the demands for manpower in industrial and technological majors in Vietnam, the university completed the outcome and thorough academic programs for 34 undergraduate majors and 1 major in college program following the ABET standards, but HCMUT has not been yet accredited. Although most students are advised to follow the recommended studying schedules since they are already compressed, they are free to determine the number of credits they take up to a fixed specific amount determined by the university each semester.
The academic programs in HCMUT operate on a semester calendar from early August to mid May. They are classified in seven types of educational programs:
- Formal and informal undergraduate education
- Postgraduate education
- Cooperative and twinning program: This program offers students involved in two years to study at HCMUT and the rest of the academic programs at the cooperative universities and institutions in others countries.
- Education program for the gifted and talented: While studying at HCMUT, professors will recommend prominent and prospective students to this class, usually at the end of the sophomore year.
- PFIEV (Programme de Formation d'Ingénieurs d'Excellence au Vietnam) Program: HCMUT has cooperated with France on this training program. Students when entering HCMUT can choose to follow this type of program whose courses are mostly taught in French. Ones with strong academic progress will be offered certifications recognized by Engineers Association of France to be able to practice in Europe.
- Advanced Program: This is a national project that enables HCMUT to implement the training organization system of Electrical and Electronics Sector, Department of Electrical and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. This program is highly focused on Electrical and Electronics major.
- College program: Although the name of the program may make sense at first, it is simply similar to community college in the U.S higher education system. The naming convention in Vietnam is slightly different from the U.S. or others.
Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology offers bachelor's degrees, 31 master's degrees and 38 doctorate in 11 following faculties, listed in alphabetical order:
- Faculty of Applied Science
- Faculty of Civil Engineering
- Faculty of Chemical Engineering
- Faculty of Computer Science & Engineering
- Faculty of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
- Faculty of Environment
- Faculty of Geology & Petroleum Engineering
- Faculty of Industrial Management
- Faculty of Materials Technology
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Faculty of Transport Engineering
It is not expensive to live on-campus. The cost for a decent meal in Ho Chi Minh city is about $2 per student per day.
Public transportation for traveling around the city can be easily accessed from the campus. A bus station is located at the school gate.
There are plenty of extracurricular activities on campus too. “Green Summer Campaign” is one of the annual activities of the school. Students participating the campaign will commute to remote areas to improve the literacy rates and help the local residents build the infrastructure of those regions. Freshman students will have an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnel to learn about the history of the land. There are clubs for students to join such as English Club, French Club for students with interest in foreign languages; Robot Club for those who share huge passions in creating and utilizing robots and exchanging experiences to prepare for the annual Robocon (Robot Contests).
On HCMUT campuses, students can play many kinds of sports such as basketball, volleyball, football, tennis… Ho Chi Minh University of Technology has 3 volleyball courts, 1 football field, 1 tennis court. Students of HCMUT usually take part in sports competitions among students in Ho Chi Minh City and between Faculties.
Students of HCMUT have won 208 Olympic prizes in the fields of Mathematics, Physics, Informatics, Mechanics, Civil and Architecture Engineering over the past ten years. Among those prizes there are 10 First prizes, 29 Second prizes and 72 Third prizes. The students have also brought back the Championship of Asia-Pacific Mini Robots Contest in 2002 (held in Japan), 2004 (South Korea) and 2006 (Malaysia).
With the total amount of 314 millions VND, the school has sponsored two high schools of Thanh Hoa City, Long An Province and Khanh Thuong-Khanh Vinh City, Khanh Hoa Province. 225 millions was used by the labor union of HCMUT to build houses of gratitude and 118.6 millions VND was used for building house for unfortunate people over the past 10 years. 253 millions VND is spent for gifts offered to orphanages, charity-schools, disable children and children who suffer from dioxin.
International partnership and research collaboration
The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology have established a partnership to share academic curriculum and create an exchange program. Some of HCMUT’s brightest undergraduate and master’s students will do their PhD research at Illinois.
The Norwegian group Roxar AS has established a partnership with HCMUT. Roxar will assist the university in building a high-tech lab. The group hopes that some students will choose to work for it after they graduate.
International research collaborations:
- University of Heidelberg, Germany
- Protestant University for Applied Sciences Freiburg, Switzerland
- Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria
- University of Leeds, UK
- Waseda University, Japan
- Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
- National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Annual International Workshop on Advanced Computing and Applications (ACOMP)
- Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA)
- "Copyright ownership of the university name". Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology. November 29, 1995. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
- Gudeman, Kim.“Illinois, Vietnam National University agree to share curriculum, create exchange program”. College of Engineering. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 15 September 2008. 10 June 2009.[dead link]
- Thanh Nien Daily. “Norwegian IT company donates lab, software to HCMUT”. Thanh Nien News, 20 May 2009. 10 June 2009.