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Ho Chi Minh City Open University (HCMCOU) was founded on July 26th, 1993, according to the Decision 389/Ttg signed by the Prime Minister on the foundation of Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Open Education established on June 15th, 1990 according to the Decision 451/Ttg signed by the Minister of Education and Training. HCMCOU is the first institution to offer an open training with the aim of implementing the directions of the Communist Party and Government in socializing education and multiplying training types.

HCMCOU is a higher education institution offering a variety of programs ranging from on-site to distance learning and learning at satellite academic centers, it aims to meet various learning needs of society and to contribute enriching the country’s human resources.

There are currently more than 32,000 students enrolling in daytime, nighttime, and distance-learning courses at HCMCOU. The university has, thus far, granted approximately 31,000 bachelor degrees and more than 1,000 master degrees.

  Message From Rector

Ho Chi Minh City Open University (HCMCOU) was founded in 1993 to meet the needs of educational transforma­tion and improvement in educator’s knowledge and skills in Vietnam. HCMCOU has formally become a public University since 2006, which offers multi-degree programs across a wide range of subjects in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Academic excellence and integrity in higher education have been the core value of our institution for the past 25 years and will remain the guiding principle of our future development. We have determined that by the year of 2023, HCMCOU will be a leading university in Vietnam, providing outstanding and collegial environment in learning and research, and thus innovative solutions to economic, social and technological challenges. Furthermore, we will focus on educational effective­ness, service quality, professional and creative standards. Towards these specific goals and as evidenced by our remarkable achievements and sustainable growth in the past, we are confident that we will continue to make considerable and creative contribution to the prosperity and well-being of our nation.

HCMCOU is also one of the leading providers of distance education in Vietnam.We serve a broad range of professional needs of our national economy. We have built and maintained productive partnerships with domestically and internation­ally respected universities as well as other distance education associations. We remain fully committed to ensuring the strategic reform of learning outcomes and provisions of variety of programs and courses. Our commitments to the educational opportunities are further reflected by the combination of theory and practical applications, promotion of flexible learning and development of up-to-date learning materials.

As Vietnam continues to integrate into the world economy and trading system so does HCMCOU’s focus of lifelong learning aim at global partnership formation by its students and faculty members. We are a dynamic University with a bright future ahead. HCMCOU has and will continue on an exciting journey for discovery and innovations advanc­ing humankind’s knowledge. Our doors are always open to everyone irrespective of one’s background and that whether your interests are to pursue a degree or to participate in continuing education.

  Mission, Vision And Core Values


HCMCOU is dedicated to promoting a society with active learning by offering the most flexible and obtainable methods of education to students.


By 2023, HCMCOU continues to strive to be a leading public inter-disciplinary university in Vietnam with priorities in practice-oriented education, knowledge promulgation and public engagement. Meanwhile, distance education will affirm its identity in Southeast Asia.

Core Values

HCMCOU is committed to values as followed:

-  Knowledge enrichment.

-  Applicability.

-  Lifelong learning.

-  Public engagement.

-  Professionalism, effectiveness, creativeness and hospitality



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

Tel.: (84-8) 39 300 952

Fax.: (84-8) 39 300 085









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