High School for Gifted Students, Hanoi National University of Education

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HNUE High School for Gifted Students
136 Xuan Thuy Str., Cầu Giấy

PrincipalDr. Nguyễn Đức Hoàng

The High School for Gifted Students, Hanoi National University of Education (abbrev. HNUE High School, in Vietnamese: Trường THPT chuyên, Đại học Sư phạm Hà Nội, or, as commonly know, Chuyên Sư phạm (CSP)) is a public magnet school in Hanoi, Vietnam. The school was founded in 1966 as a national educational institution to nurture Vietnamese students who excelled at mathematics. One of the three national gifted high schools in Hanoi, along with Foreign Language Specialized School and Natural Science Gifted High School, HNUE High School is the second oldest magnet high school in Vietnam.

The school and HUS High School for Gifted Students are often interchangeably ranked the first in National Science Olympiads for high school students and National University Entrance Examinations. HNUE High School ranks second nationally in the 2012 Vietnam university admission ranking.[1]

Established as a school for mathematics talents, in recent years, HNUE high school's specialized education have spanned over other subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, English and literature.

Foundation and history[edit]

During the Vietnam War, aware of the important role of sciences for future of the country, a group of Vietnam leading scientists including Lê Văn Thiêm, Hoàng Tụy and Tạ Quang Bửu suggested that the government open up selective programs to nurture talented students, and to encourage them to follow science in their later years at universities and professions. As a premier national institution for training of science teachers, Hanoi National University of Education was selected to organize such a program. On December 24, 1966, at the height of the Vietnam War, the first class for gifted students was inaugurated with 33 mathematically inclined students, who were chosen from thousands of high school students in North Vietnam, at the evacuation site of the university in Phù Cừ District, Hưng Yên Province. This class was the foundation of HNUE High School.

HNUE High School main building

The history of Hanoi National University of Education High School is divided three periods:

  • From 1966 to 1995, the special math classes were under the administration of the faculty of Mathematics, Hanoi National University of Education.
  • In 1995, the school expanded to include a specialized stream in Computer Science. It was then renamed Specialized School for Maths and Computer Science.
  • In 2005, the school started offering classes specialized in Literature, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and was named "High School for Gifted Students of Hanoi National University of Education".

The HNUE High School was honored with many national awards, including the 3rd degree Labor Decoration award in 1986, the 2nd degree Labor Decoration in 1996, and most recently the 1st degree Labor Decoration (2001).



In the first period of establishment of the school in the 80s, HNUE High School for Gifted Students did not directly handle the admission process; this work was taken by the Ministry of Education and Training. During this period, students with outstanding abilities in mathematics (only in Northern region, from Nam Dinh province northwards) were nominated by the region to the Ministry of Education and Training before participating in an entrance exam. Students who passed the exam would be divided two schools: High School for Gifted Students, Hanoi University of Science and HNUE High School for Gifted Students or HSGS High School for Gifted Students. Since the end of 1980, with the wave of eradication of subsidy mechanism, HNUE High School for Gifted Students and HSGS High School for Gifted Students directly handle their own admission process.

The school's entrance examinations are held in June, attracts students from all over the countries. Candidates must take three compulsory papers on the first day of testing (Vietnamese language, Mathematics and English) and on the second day, one elective paper (from Mathematics, Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English studies ) for their specialization. These exams are highly competitive. [2]

Education model[edit]

The students are organized into specialized streams in one of the following subjects: Mathematics, Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and English. Each stream is offered an accelerated curriculum on the subject of specialization. Seminars are held during the school year, at which students can discuss with national and international scientists and researchers.

Extra-curricular activities include sports, camping and clubs.

Teaching staff[edit]

Members of the staff often provide annual training for national Olympiad teams for international competitions, and have been consulted for developing textbooks and curriculum for Vietnamese national high school education. In addition, many have received the Excellent Teacher Award from the government for their dedication to education.


As many students come from provinces far away from the main campus in Hanoi, the school provides room and board.


The main building of the school contains 24 classrooms and a multi-media room. Wireless internet access is available across the entire building.

The library


Built in 2001, it meets the demand for reference and study material for teachers and students. It has hundreds of computers for internet access, along with spacious media rooms.


There are two computer rooms where students practice Computer Science or use for study and reference or entertaining. Because of space shortage, the school does not have lab space for physics, chemistry and biology experiments, but the students are given access to facilities on the University main campus.


The school provides students with dormitories. The residents have access to a canteen and an internet access point.


The students use Hanoi National University of Education stadium for physical education and sport events.

Student life[edit]


PTCTimes is the newspaper of HNUE High School. The first issue was published in December 2006. There are approximately 60 pages in each issue. A number of pages are always devoted to difficulties in studying. Each newspaper has an interview with a teacher or student. The recreation column deals with music, games and sport. PTC Media is the oldest club in CSP.


SAGS is the abbreviation for "Studying Abroad for Gifted Students" - the organization concerning studying abroad orientation and English learning development. Founded in 2008, through 6 years of working seriously, enthusiastically and effectively, SAGS has created many helpful and interesting activities: - Founded and has administrated an English club since 2009. - Administrating 2 pages on Facebook: "The ySAGS" and "SAGS.CSP", which bring students helpful knowledge, information and video clips about studying abroad and learning English. - Holding big annual events: English speaking contest "U-talk", English singing contest "Stereo Hearts". - Hosting many conferences on studying abroad with the presence of universities representatives, famous lecturers, etc. from all around the world such as Ebroad - Studying Abroad Orientation and Developing English through seminars. - Holding and attending, supporting meaningful voluntary events: imFLOW (at National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion), Youth Day (in Hanoi), Vitamin smile (at National Hospital of Pediatrics). - Christmas free transporting cards and gifts program: "Christmas Hearts transporter". - Annual prom on Halloween night. - Co-operating with other organizations to hold big events: LEMON’s day (the biggest series of voluntary events in Hanoi by students), The Breakfast (annual orientation program for first year students), Puzzles (a debate club of Hanoi students), etc.


School music club where students who passionated about music can rehearsed and share their joy of music. The club usually participated in school performances, as well as having its own music events.


With slogan "English Can Lead U Beyond", ECLUB is the one and only English Club for students of CSP


The abbreviation for "CSP Dance Team".

Movie for Relief[edit]

The cinema charitable activities. All the money buying tickets are used for charity.


CSF is the abbreviation for "CSP Sporting Federation", the first sport organization in the school history. Founded in 2013, CSF focuses on promoting three main sports which are soccer, basketball and badminton, holding both intramural and interscholastic competition for each sport. The winning teams will represent the school in the city tournaments.


C3 stands for "Chuyen Su pham (CSP) Cubing Club".


ASO is the abbreviation for "Apply Science Organization".

ET Magic[edit]

The first magic team where teammates can show their own skills in magic tricks.


"HE" is the abbreviation for "History for Everyone", a history club founded in 2016.


CDS is the abbreviation for "Chuyen Su Pham (CSP) Debate Society", the school's first debate club with the aim of sparking a wider interest in formal debating within the CSP student community. Founded in 2017, the club provides students with the opportunity to develop and utilize their critical thinking, research, discussion and presentation skills as well as preparing potential individuals to compete in local, regional, and national tournaments. It also holds its own debate tournaments and a summer program dedicated to teaching debating skills.

Other extracurricular activities[edit]

  • Camping or sightseeing: During the summer vacation, the school organizes short tours for students. These activities may be replaced by camping.
  • Clubs: There are sport clubs, English club, physics club, mathematics club (online) and the Readle, a literature appreciation club, for students. The sport clubs, physics club and mathematics club were all founded in 2013-2014. The Readle focuses not only upon book discussion but also organises Slam Poetry sessions.


College admission[edit]

100% of HNUE High school students pass the annual National University Entrance Examination and are admitted to universities in Vietnam. The average entrant score of HNUE students is always one of the highest in the country.[3][4]
After graduation, many students pursue higher education abroad and are scholars in world top universities. [5][6]

National Olympiads[edit]

Since its foundation, the School has attended national merit competitions annually and received more than 500 prizes, mainly in Math and Informatics, and about 50 of them are first prizes.

International Olympiads[edit]

More than 50 students of the school have received high awards in international competitions, namely International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO), International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), and International Biology Olympiad. Especially, Vu Ngoc Minh won two Gold medals ( at the 42nd and 43rd IMO ),[7] Dinh Tien Cuong and Nguyen Trong Canh scored 42/42 point respectively at the 30th and 44th IMO.[8][9]

International Mathematics Olympiad[10][edit]

  • 16th International Mathematical Olympiad in German Democratic Republic in 1974
    • Vu Dinh Hoa " Silver medal
    • Ta Hong Quang " Bronze medal
  • 17th International Mathematical Olympiad in Bulgaria in 1975
    • Le Dinh Long " Silver medal
  • 18th International Mathematical Olympiad in Austria in 1976
    • Le Ngoc Minh " Bronze medal
  • 20th International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania in 1978
    • Vu Kim Tuan " Silver medal
    • Nguyen Thanh Tung " Silver medal
    • Do Duc Thai " Bronze medal
  • 21st International Mathematical Olympiad in the United Kingdom in 1979
    • Bui Ta Long " Silver medal
  • 24th International Mathematical Olympiad in France in 1983
    • Tran Tuan Hiep " Silver medal
    • Pham Thanh Phuong " Bronze medal
  • 25th International Mathematical Olympiad in Czechoslovakia in 1984
    • Do Quang Dai " Silver medal
  • 27th International Mathematical Olympiad in Poland in 1986
    • Ha Anh Vu " Gold medal
    • Nguyen Phuong Tuan " Silver medal
  • 28th International Mathematical Olympiad in Cuba in 1987
    • Tran Trong Hung " Silver medal
  • 29th International Mathematical Olympiad in Australia in 1988
    • Tran Trong Hung " Silver medal
  • 30th International Mathematical Olympiad in Germany in 1989
    • Dinh Tien Cuong " Gold medal (score 42/42)
  • 31st International Mathematical Olympiad in China in 1990
    • Le Truong Lan " Bronze medal
  • 32nd International Mathematical Olympiad in Sweden in 1991
    • Nguyen Viet Anh " Silver medal
  • 33rd International Mathematical Olympiad in Russia in 1992
    • Nguyen Huu Cuong " Bronze medal
  • 34th International Mathematical Olympiad in Turkey in 1993
    • Pham Hong Kien " Silver medal
    • Pham Chung Thuy " Bronze medal
  • 35th International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong in 1994
    • Nguyen Duy Lan " Silver medal
  • 36th International Mathematical Olympiad in Canada in 1995
    • Nguyen The Phuong " Silver medal
  • 39th International Mathematical Olympiad in Taiwan in 1998
    • Vu Viet Anh " Gold medal
    • Le Thai Hoang " Bronze medal
  • 40th International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania in 1999
    • Le Thai Hoang " Gold medal
  • 42nd International Mathematical Olympiad in the USA in 2001
    • Vu Ngoc Minh " Gold medal
    • Tran Khanh Toan " Silver medal
  • 43rd International Mathematical Olympiad in the United Kingdom in 2002
    • Pham Gia Vinh Anh " Gold medal
    • Vu Ngoc Minh " Gold medal
  • 44th International Mathematical Olympiad in Japan in 2003
    • Nguyen Trong Canh " Gold medal (score 42/42)
  • 45th International Mathematical Olympiad in Greece in 2004
    • Nguyen Kim Son " Gold medal
    • Nguyen Duc Thinh " Silver medal
    • Hua Khac Nam " Silver medal
  • 46th International Mathematical Olympiad in Mexico in 2005
    • Nguyen Nguyen Hung " Bronze medal
  • 49th International Mathematical Olympiad in Spain in 2008
    • Nguyen Pham Dat " Silver medal

Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad[edit]

  • 10th Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad
    • Vu Viet Anh " Bronze medal
  • 11th Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad
    • Le Thai Hoang " Gold medal
  • 13th Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad
    • Luu Tien Duc " Gold medal
  • 14th Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad
    • Vu Hoang Hiep " Gold medal

International Olympiad in Informatics[edit]

  • 12th International Olympiad in Informatics in Turkey in 1999
    • Nguyen Hong Son " Silver medal
  • 14th International Olympiad in Informatics in Finland in 2001
    • Tran Quang Khai " Silver medal
  • 15th International Olympiad in Informatics in South Korea in 2002
    • Tran Quang Khai " Gold medal
  • 20th International Olympiad in Informatics in Croatia in 2007
    • Pham Nam Long - Bronze medal ( Great Britain Selected Team)
  • 23rd International Olympiad in Informatics in Thailand in 2011
    • Nguyen Hoang Yen " Bronze medal
  • 24th International Olympiad in Informatics in Italy in 2012
    • Nguyen Viet Dung " Silver medal

International Biology Olympiad[edit]

  • 21st International Biology Olympiad in Korea in 2010
    • Vu Thi Ngoc Oanh " Bronze medal
  • 22nd International Biology Olympiad in Taiwan in 2011
    • Nguyen Trung Kien " Bronze medal
  • 23rd International Biology Olympiad in Singapore in 2012
    • Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hong " Bronze medal
  • 24th International Biology Olympiad in Switzerland in 2013
    • Nguyen Thi Phuong Diep " Bronze medal


  1. ^ http://flss.edu.vn/Home.asp?param=news&NewsID=147
  2. ^ Student Flower {in Vietnamese}: Huy Hoàng, Trà Ly. "Grade 9 teen and the challenge of HNUE High school". http://www.hoahoctro.vn. Archived from the original on 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2007-06-13. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Vietnamnet {in Vietnamese}: Bùi, Cường. "The class of top scorers". http://vietnamnet.vn/. Archived from the original on 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2006-08-19. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ In this ranking, the school was ranked 4th to schools for gifted students of Vietnam National University, Hanoi "Top 100 High schools with the highest scores in National University Entrance Examination". Vietnamnet. Archived from the original on 2008-04-12.
  5. ^ {In Vietnamese} Thuật, Hùng. "Việt's imprints in Cambridge". http://www.tuoitre.com.vn. Retrieved 2008-02-07. External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ {In Vietnamese} Xuân, Mai. "The man who programme satellite's orbit". http://www.tienphong.vn. Retrieved 2005-09-22. External link in |publisher= (help)[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ IMO Official website : Individual result "Vu Ngoc Minh's score at the 42nd and 43rd IMO competition"
  8. ^ IMO Official website : Individual result "Dinh Tien Cuong's score at the 30th IMO competition"
  9. ^ IMO Official website : Individual result *"Nguyen Trong Canh's score at the 44th IMO competition"
  10. ^ "Results of Vietnamese contestants". IMO Official Website.

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Coordinates: 21°02′16″N 105°47′02″E / 21.03778°N 105.78389°E / 21.03778; 105.78389