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On December 22, VNUHCM - University of Social Sciences and Humanities (VNUHCM-USSH) held “Official training code accreditation to Faculty of Urban Studies” ceremony. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hoi Nghia – VNUHCM’s Vice President representatively attended the ceremony.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hoi Nghia, since 2007, VNUHCM-USSH has piloted training programs for Department of Urban Studies, then, recently received the decision on training code accreditation. “The reasons for this long-wait decision are from both inner and exterior factors, regarding training fields and career objectives, development of cognition, along with Ministry of Training and Education’s regulations. VNUHCM has highly appraised Faculty of Urban Studies and well recognized its legitimacy since piloting period.
ImageAssoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hoi Nghia handover training code accreditation of Faculty of Urban Studies to Dr. Truong Hoang Truong.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hoi Nghia also noted four compulsory sectors to be included in urban studies’ training and research programs. These involve urban citizens, infrastructure planning, urban administration management, and related economic-cultural-social operations. Within those, urban management administration is among the most significant factor, as urban construction and development pertain to visions of urban administrative organizations.

On behalf of VNUHCM Boards of Management, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hoi Nghia entrusted the Faculty’s lecturers and staffs: “Our most prioritized concerns are traffic congestion and urban flooding. HCMC governments have consulted VNUHCM solutions for those issues. This mission, then, demands great efforts and contributions from Faculty of Urban Studies, as leading researchers and trainers on urban policies. Secondly, Faculty of Urban Studies should focus not only academic fields, but expand to applicable sciences, which effectively contribute to construction and development of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as other cities in Vietnam”.
Dr. Truong Hoang Truong – Dean of Faculty of Urban Studies presented some gerneral information about the Faculty, with 19 lecturers, including 1 Assoc. Prof.  , 3 PhD, and 3 PhD candidates studying in Canada and Australia. During last 9 years of training, the Faculty has now had 400 graduates, and 200 under-graduated students. This will be promising human resource contribution to the development of Ho Chi Minh City as well as Vietnam in general.
“With the accreditation, Faculty of Urban Studies proudly becomes the first official faculty in Vietnam leading the training on urban studies” – Dr. Truong stressed.

Besides, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Minh Hoa, as the first Dean of Faculty of Urban Studies, shared: “It has been 10 years with full of great memories. I always feel grateful and proud of our students’ achievements and contributions to the community. All of the faculty’s first-course students now have stable careers. Notably, one of them is current Director of Ben Tre Department of Natural Resources and Environment”.

Faculty of Urban Studies is the first social-science faculty proposed Ministry of Training  and Education to approve recruitment of Examination Block A students (Mathematics-Physics-Chemistry majored) to enroll in urban studies. Now, with the official training code, Faculty of Urban Studies will increase the number of recruitments to 70-80 students/year-course, including high-school students of Examination Block  A, A1 (Mathematics -Physics-English) and D1(Mathematics -Literature-English), into four urban majors: Urban Planning –Architecture and Technical Infrastructure Management, Urban Projects, Socio-Economic Urban and Urban Public Management.

ImageAssoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Minh Hoa’s speech about his works at the Faculty.

Image Group photo of all ceremony attendants.

News, photos by: ANH VU

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