Bringing Vietnam to Cornell Students

June 30, 2020

Expanding on their strong collaboration, VinUniversity announces on July 1st, 2020, a unique program for providing a “Study Away” opportunity to Cornell students at VinUni’s new state-of-the-art facility in Hanoi, Vietnam. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the over 5000 international students enrolled at Cornell will not be able to return to the main campus in Ithaca, New York. Acknowledging the important role that campus life plays in an enriching student experience, VinUniversity offers to provide residential and campus life to some of these students. While at the VinUniversity campus, the visiting students will continue to take online courses from their Cornell faculty. In addition, VinUniversity will create a special Vietnam Immersion course to provide them with in-depth information about the local culture, business, and society.

Since early 2018, Cornell has been involved with every aspect of VinUniversity’s development, spanning infrastructure, governance, faculty hiring, and curriculum development. The presence of Cornell students will be an enriching experience for VinUni students as well. Both groups of students will take classes together and participate in many exciting activities from hackathons and student clubs to exclusive tours of leading Vietnamese companies and cultural attractions. The students will also work with VinUni faculty on collaborative research projects and conduct case studies about Vietnamese organizations.

“VinUniversity is honored to host students from our strategic collaborator Cornell University. This student-centric initiative showcases the true friendship and close cooperation between our universities during a time of need.”-Professor Rohit Verma, Founding Provost, VinUniversity

Beautiful campuses of VinUniversity and Cornell University

Cornell’s announcement of the Study Away option (at International Students section, toward the end):

The overall Study Away page:

The dedicated page about VinUniversity as a Study Away opportunity:


About Cornell University: an elite Ivy League University (Ivy League refers to a group of eight elite colleges in the United States). Cornell ranks 14th in the 2019 edition of the QS World University Rankings. In particular, Cornell ranks 1st in hospitality management for four continuous years from 2015 to 2018, according to CEO World ranking. By the end of 2016, there have been 45 professors and students from Cornell who have received Nobel prizes.

About VinUniversity: the first private, not-for-profit Vietnamese university established based on the international standards. The university integrates the models of elite international universities with the unique cultural and economic characteristics of Vietnam, in order to make a breakthrough in Vietnamese higher education and to become a world-class university.

Cornell-VinUni partnership: a strategic collaboration in all aspects that involves Cornell’s participation of 200 faculty and staff, who have flown 687,000 miles on 40 trips to reach Vietnam. Cornell also sent Rohit Verma, Dean of External Relations at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, to be appointed as Founding Provost of VinUniversity.