Hoa Sen University

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Hoa Sen University logo with red "not-for-profit" banner.

Hoa Sen University[1] (Vietnamese language: Đại học Hoa Sen, literally meaning Lotus University) is a private university in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The predecessor of this university was Hoa Sen College.

Hoa Sen is a leading university in Vietnam; it is known for quality in education, training, and internationally recognized research for the community. It was one of the first private universities founded in Vietnam after this was legalized by the government. Its mission is "To contribute to the rapid, sustainable, and humane development of the Vietnamese and regional economy and society."


The predessor of Hoa Sen College was the School of Foreign Languages and Information Technology, which was established under the Decision 257/QĐ-UB dated August 12, 1991 by the Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People Committee (the mayor). The school has been supported by Lotus Association in France. On October 11, 1994, the school was turned into a semi-private school. In 2001, the school inaugurated its second campus in Quang Trung Software Park, Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2005, the school was upgraded to become Hoa Sen College.

On November 30, 2006, the Vietnamese prime minister signed a decision to establish Hoa Sen University[2] on the base of Hoa Sen College. One of the university's founding principles was a not-for-profit orientation that focused on reinvestment in education activities - one of the first and only educational institution to do so in Vietnam.[3][4]

On January 12, 2016, Hoa Sen University became the first university at Vietnam were accredited by ACBSP.[5]

In 2016, Hoa Sen University officially sought non-profit status, but was hindered by an ongoing conflict between the board of directors and shareholders who were against this not-for-profit orientation.[4] A hostile takeover ensued, and although met with resistance from students who protested against the new for-profit direction,[6] the board of directors was entirely replaced and administrative staff resistant to the takeover were purged.[7] All Hoa Sen University communications have since been stripped of any mention of its "not-for-profit" mission, including the signature red banner in Hoa Sen University's logo.[8]


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  1. ^ [1] Official Web site of Hoa Sen University
  2. ^ [2] Decision to establish Hoa Sen University
  3. ^ "Hoa Sen: Non-profit university orientation - Hoa Sen: Non-profit university orientation - News from the Saigon Times". english.thesaigontimes.vn. 
  4. ^ a b vietnamnet.vn. "Hoa Sen University seeks official non-profit status - News VietNamNet". english.vietnamnet.vn. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  5. ^ "TCBC: Đại học Hoa Sen công bố 5 chương trình đào tạo được kiểm định bởi ACBSP (Hoa Kỳ) | Hoa Sen News". tintuc.hoasen.edu.vn. 
  6. ^ VnExpress. "Sinh viên Đại học Hoa Sen mang biểu ngữ phản đối HĐQT mới - VnExpress". Tin nhanh VnExpress (in Vietnamese). Archived from the original on 2016-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Hội đồng quản trị mới của ĐH Hoa Sen nhận chuyển giao". Tuổi Trẻ Online (in Vietnamese). 2016-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Hoa Sen University". 2016-09-17. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. 
  9. ^ [3] Official Web site of ITIN
  10. ^ [4] Official Web site of UBI
  11. ^ [5] Official Web site of ESCIA

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Coordinates: 10°46′21″N 106°40′45″E / 10.7724°N 106.6793°E / 10.7724; 106.6793