On November 27, 2017, Cornell University, on behalf of Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, entered into a multi-year academic consulting contract with Vingroup – a large conglomerate located in Hanoi, Vietnam. The goal of this project is to support Vingroup in its aspiration to create a new, world-class private university – VinUniversity. The new university will include Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Health Sciences. Cornell is involved with every aspect of VinUniversity’s development, spanning infrastructure, governance, faculty hiring, and curriculum development. Cornell is leading the conlsultive collaboration for the Business and Engineering Colleges. The University of Pennsylvania is advising on the Health Sciences College. Public engagement is central to Cornell’s landgrant mission, and this unique opportunity extends that mission internationally.
Situated within the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, The Cornell-VinUniversity Project Team will manage this collaboration. Cornell’s primary role will be to build its faculty and leadership teams to validate and assure the quality of curriculum developed by VinUniversity faculty, and to guide VinUniversity on a path of international accreditation. Cornell faculty members will lay the foundations to position VinUniversity as a world-class teaching and research university in accordance with QS 5-star rating standards. Faculty consulting will take place both from the Cornell campus, and at the new VinUniversity campus being built in Hanoi. The first cohort of 300 students in the Class of 2024 arrive at VinUniversity in summer 2020.