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Ho Chi Minh City Open University




Contact person:

Thu, LE



97 Vo Van Tan St., Dist. 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Ho Chi Minh City Open University (HCMCOU) is a public institution, offering multidisciplinary programs in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This is one of the first two universities (HCMCOU and Ha Noi Open University) of Vietnam that has allowed open enrolment into the Bachelor programs since 1990. HCMCOU is also one of the first two universities (HCMCOU and Ha Noi Open University) of Vietnam that provides the distance learning programs in addition to the conventional ones, face to face.


HCMCOU, founded in 1990, offers degree programs from Bachelor to Doctorate level, ranging from on-site to online and learning at satellite academic centers. It aims to meet various learning needs of society and to contribute to the development of the country’s human resources. Currently, HCMCOU has 27 Bachelor programs, 7 advanced study Bachelor programs, 12 Master programs and 5 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. There are more than 13,000 full-time students, more than 10,000 part-time students, and 600 teaching staff.


The institutional operation is guided by


HCMCOU is dedicated to contributing and promoting knowledge to society by offering the upmost flexible and accessible methods of delivery.


By 2023, HCMCOU aims to become one of the leading public multi-disciplinary universities in Vietnam focusing on practice-orientation, universalizing knowledge and civic engagement, with the distance education programs achieving the Southeast Asia standards.

Core values

HCMCOU is committed to Knowledge enrichment; Applicability; Civic engagement; and Professionalism, Effectiveness, Creativeness, and Hospitality.

Educational philosophy

Humanity – Openness - Practice orientation - Globalization


HCMCOU has 12 faculties in the fields of economics-management, technology and social sciences and humanities. The university has two types of training: full-time (mainstream system) and continuing education including in-service and distance education (both traditional and online).

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