VinUniversity Milestones

Academic Collaboration Apr. 2018 Signing Ceremony
Oct. 2019 Cornell Delegation Visit for Academic Consulting
Oct. 2020 Inaugural Convocation Ceremony
Founding Provost Rohit Verma

"The goal of VinUniversity is to be a university of the highest international standards in research, teaching, and training for students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, serving as a magnet for the most talented faculty and students from all over the world."

Rohit Verma, Founding Provost, VinUniversity, Protem Committee Member, VinUniversity Project, Former Dean of External Relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business


Cornell enters into a multi-year academic consulting contract with VinAcademy of Vingroup.


Official signing ceremony among VinAcademy and Cornell. VinUniversity begins construction of campus in Hanoi, VN.


Multiple Cornell faculty and leadership trips to Hanoi, VN. The Prime Minister of Vietnam officially approves VinUniversity establishment.


Series of virtual engagements provided by Cornell faculty and staff. VinUniversity celebrates inaugural academic year and welcomes its first cohort of students.


Continued virtual capacity building with Cornell faculty and experts. VinUniversity completes first academic year and accepts its second students cohort.


Several collaborations between faculty and students of both universities. VinUniversity sends multiple Visiting Fellows to Cornell during spring and fall semesters.


Collaborations prioritize research capacity building. VinUni welcomes its fourth cohort of students. VinUni sends multiple students to Cornell.

Major Accomplishments

Reviewing Blueprints for VinUni-Academic Consulting Project

Developed and participated in the design charrette focusing on the high-level strategy of a world-class university.

Gary Thompson with flipchart-Academic Consulting Project

Assisted in the development, and validated VinUniversity’s undergraduate curriculum in Business, Hospitality Management, Real Estate, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, General Science, Communication, Psychology, and Economics.

VinUni Campus Drawing

Assisted in the review and approval of campus design plans and infrastructure planning.

Cornell and VinUni members discussing courses

Led the recruiting process for the Curriculum Development Faculty of VinUniversity.

Provost Rohit Verma Speaking

Spearheaded the recruiting process leading to the selection of the Founding Provost.

Dean Sunmee Choi

Launched the recruiting process leading to the selection of leading candidates for Deanships in Business Management and Engineering.

Mark Campbell handing out reading materials

Spearheaded the recruiting process of the initial faculty in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Hospitality Management, Real Estate, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science.

Group Photo of VinUni Staff attending teaching workshop

Assisted in the development of VinUniversity strategies in admissions, marketing, student affairs, library management, IT, research, Entrepreneurship, Community Service Learning, Diversity & Inclusion, Institutional Research & Planning, External and Corporate Engagement.

Douglas Stayman Presenting in Teaching Workshop

Developed and provided professional development training for VinUniversity Leadership, Faculty & Staff

VinUni Staff and VinUni Project Team with training certificates

Developed and provided professional training for high level university staff in admissions/marketing and human resources.


Provided input and feedback to VinUni leadership on university-level strategies, such as 5-year planning, research strategy, faculty hiring strategy.


Following the Cornell Study Away Program, four VinUni Students attended Cornell for one Semester

Recent Milestones

Established four Accelerated Degree Programs within 3 Colleges at Cornell, the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, and the College of Engineering.

Developed a professional and academic development immersion week for faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences

Developed training opportunities and programs for new faculty, senior leadership and senior staff. Explored coaching and mentoring opportunities.

Designed a professional development programs for VinUni Faculty as Visiting Fellows at Cornell University.

Organized a professional development Immersion week for high level VinUni leadership

Facilitated Cornell faculty guest lectures in selected VinUni classes, and Cornell faculty to participate as graders for final projects.

Welcomed 6 VinUni students as part of a Student Immersion Program to Cornell Campus.

Revalidated the curriculum frameworks for five degree programs. Validated the curriculum frameworks for two new degree programs.