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A Brief History

On 10th October, 1945 just over a month after dictating the Declaration of Independence that gave birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV), President Ho Chi Minh signed Decree No. 45 to establish a new University Board – the Philology University Committee in Hanoi to train teachers for secondary school level.


On 8th October 1946, the President of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam decreed Document 194/SL to establish an Education Branch for training teachers for the basic education levels, high schools, specialists, experimental and professional schools in the country.

The Philology University Committee established in 1945-1946 was the precusor of Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE) which was established with the care and visionary wisdom of President Ho Chi Minh. Staff and students of the University had the great honor to welcome Uncle Ho to the University twice, in 1960 and 1964, and listened to his words: "A good teacher: the teacher deserves glory. Although no names are published in newspapers, no medals awarded, good teachers are the unsung heroes" and "...This school must not only be a school for teachers but must also be the school of norms for the entire country" (21st October 1964).

 Hanoi National University of Education was officially established on 11th October 1951 by the Decree No 276 of the Ministry of National Education. The University has been at its current location since 1956. 

HNUE was a member of Hanoi National University for 5 years (1994-1999). According to the Decision No 201/QD-TTg on 12th October 1999 by the Prime Minister, the University was separated from the Hanoi National University and became one of the 14 key national universities in Vietnam.

HNUE timeline

10/10/1945

Department of Social Sciences and Humanity – Hanoi, precursor of HNUE, founded with the mission to train teachers for secondary school level

11/10/1951

Hanoi University of Pedagogy established

8/9/1960 – 1964

Campus built at Dich Vong (current location)

14/8/1967

Hanoi University of Pedagogy was divided into three teacher education universities known as Hanoi University of Pedagogy No.1, Hanoi University of Pedagogy No. 2, and Hanoi University of Foreign Language Education.

11/10/1975

Hanoi University of Pedagogy No.1 established to be the key national pedagogy university

11/3/1977 & 1986

Hanoi University of Pedagogy No.1 was recognized as one of six key tertiary institutions in Vietnam

10/12/1993

Hanoi University of Pedagogy No. 1 was merged with two other major universities in Hanoi, Hanoi University of Foreign Language Education and Hanoi General University, to establish Vietnam National University, Hanoi

7/1998

Affiliated school Nguyen Tat Thanh Secondary was founded

10/1999

Hanoi National University of Education was established by separating from Vietnam National University – Hanoi to become a nationwide institution specialized in training teachers

20/7/2009

Affliliated High School for Gifted Students of Hanoi National University of Education was officiated from Specialized Unit of gifted students. The first class of this school started in 1966.

1/6/2011

Affliliated school Bup Sen Xanh Kindergarten was established