Two Vietnamese universities listed in global U50 ranking, among the best young universities in the world

Two Vietnamese universities have recently made it into the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Top 50 Under 50 2021, which ranks the world’s best universities which have been established within the past 50 years.
June 25, 2020 | 15:28
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QS's Top 50 under 50 2021

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a well-known UK-based education organization announced on June 24 that two Vietnamese universities, one in Hanoi and the other in Ho Chi Minh City, have made it into the global ranking of top 150 universities under 50 years old of 2021.

More specifically, The Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) and the Vietnam National University, Hanoi are included in the 101-150 place range in the "QS Top 50 Under 50 2021" ranking.

According to VGP, this marks the first time that one university in Ha Noi made a debut in the list while in 2019, the VNU-HCM was the only Vietnamese representative to enter the QS Top 50 Under 50 2020.

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Two Vietnamese universities are on the list.

Vietnam National University, Hanoi is considered the largest university in the North of Vietnam which has played a crucial role in undergraduate education as well as scientific researches in Vietnam for a hundred years of its history. The school has been officially re-established and named “Vietnam National University, Hanoi” in 1993 from the former name University of Indochina (“Universite Indochinoise” in French) opened by French colonial in 1906.

The university is known for its tradition and prestige in high-quality education and training. Every year, VNU produces more than 5,000 bachelors, 2,400 masters, and 200 doctors graduating from 108 undergraduate programs, 121 master programs and 112 doctor programs in natural sciences, technology, economics, social sciences, and humanities, education and foreign studies, etc.

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Vietnam National University, Hanoi is considered the largest university in the North of Vietnam. Photo: vietnamonline

Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) was founded on January 27th, 1995 according to the Government’s Decree No. 16/CP on the basis of the merger of nine universities into eight members. VNU-HCM was officially launched on February 6th, 1996.

In 2001, VNU-HCM was reorganized according to the Prime Minister’s Decree No. 15/2001/QĐ-TTg (February 12nd, 2001). VNU-HCM has its own organizational and operational regulations. Accordingly, VNU-HCM is a multidisciplinary, highly qualified, and advanced center for post-secondary education and science-technology research activities which plays a key role in the national higher education system and is able to satisfy development needs.

At present, VNU-HCM consists of seven member units: University of Technology; University of Science; University of Social Sciences and Humanities; International University; University of Information Technology; University of Economics and Law; Institute for Environment and Resources.

VNU-HCM also consists of affiliated units whose tasks are training; scientific research; managing; technology transfering; and simultaneously assisting and interacting with each other in order to generate systematic power.

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Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh is on the QS's top of 2021. Photo:

The QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings profile the best universities in the world which are under 50 years old, drawing attention to some of the world’s top young universities. Since 2015, the rankings set has tripled its range to include the Next 100 Under 50.

The rankings feature 1,002 of the world’s most prestigious universities in 93 countries and territories, based on a methodology that assesses each institution on six metrics, including its reputation among academics and employers. There were 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000, while more than 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion.

The Singaporean institution was established in 1991 and recently ranked 13th in the QS 2021 World University Rankings. Following NTU in second place is The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), which is ranked 27th in the global rankings.

The top five institutions are then rounded out by KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong, and Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres) in third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.

For the year’s results of 2021, the full top ten list for the QS Top 50 Under 50 is as follows:

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The full top ten list for the QS Top 50 Under 50

Originally published in 2012, the QS Top 50 Under 50 allows some of the world's top young universities to shine and since 2015 has tripled its range to include the Next 100 Under 50.

Universities are ranked based on four criteria: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per paper and H-index (a measure of productivity and impact of scientific publications). In particular, the reputation among academics is rated with the highest weight, accounting for 40%. Besides, this year QS analyzed 22 million scientific publications and 200 million citations to give data for the rankings.

QS is an educational institution founded in 1990, a pioneer in university rankings, annually producing world and regional university rankings, by industry group, the top school under 50 or city Ideal for students. QS's university rankings, together with Times Higher Education magazine and Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), are the world's top three prestigious rankings.

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The QS Top 50 Under 50
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