One of the biggest and most monumental transformation milestones for Vietnam’s education system started in the late 1970s when the Ministry of Universities and Professional Secondary Schools established the very first University of Economics and Management on October 27th, 1976. Its mission was to focus on training and producing world-class graduates in the field of Economics to meet the country’s, more specifically the Southern region, need for development right after the liberation and reunification of Vietnam. This university, with the premise to be a leading higher education institution of the nation in Economics Science, Business Administration and Law, later became aptly known as the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City.
Concurrently, under the Ministry of Finance’s management until 1988, the University of Finance and Accounting of Ho Chi Minh City was also formed in October 1976 as the second campus of Hanoi University of Finance and Accounting in Ho Chi Minh City. It was with hope that the university could begin to train and facilitate more highly-qualified personnel in Finance & Accounting to contribute to rebuilding the country after the war.
On January 27th, 1995, the Prime Minister issued Decree 16/CP on the establishment of the National University of Ho Chi Minh City. Then, nearly two years later, on July 9, 1996, the Ministry of Education and Training issued Decision No. 2819/GD-ĐT to inform that the University of Economics is directly umbrellaed under the National University of Ho Chi Minh City, on the merge basis of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, The University of Finance and Accounting Ho Chi Minh City and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ho Chi Minh City.
On October 10th, 2000, the Prime Minister then issued Decision No. 118/2000/QĐ-Ttg to announce the restructuring of the National University of Ho Chi Minh City, in which it declared the separation and official formation of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH). Since then, UEH has grown and thrived tremendously under the guidance of the Ministry of Education and Training, and in 2014, UEH became the first public university to be granted full university management autonomy.
On December 4th, 2019, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long Branch went into operation upon the merger of Vinh Long College of Economics and Finance, making it a pioneer center for academic training, research and consultation for UEH in the Mekong Delta.
Today, as one of the leading key national universities in Vietnam, the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City is home to more than 30,000 students across all levels and disciplines, the largest culmination of the student body across the country.
Together with Vietnam’s transformation and development, UEH’s 45 storied years are further expanded with its groups of highly qualified lecturers from various prestigious local and international institutions. With their impressive background and expertise in academic research, UEH has made tremendous contribution to the scientific research community through the countless international publications on key research topics at the state and local levels, applied studies in practice, wide research network of more than 125 partners from the US, France, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Korea, Singapore, etc. In particular, the university has successfully produced many graduate classes in Economics and Management, all of whom have held important roles in various government offices and agencies, higher education institutions, along with local and international corporations.