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Saturday, 14 August 2010 08:38

    The VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies was established in 1996 from the Linguistics Section of the Linguistics and Literature Department, former Hanoi University which has now been renamed Vietnam National University (VNU).  As the only department of linguistics in Vietnam, the VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies has its mission to research on linguistic and cultural issues, to train students who will become researchers, professors, experts of linguistics, Vietnamese language and culture, ethnic minority languages and cultures in Vietnam. 

   The VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies is proud to be one of the leading social science and humanity departments of VNU.  Until 2006, more than one thousand students have graduated from the Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies with BA  (about 1000), MA (150) and PhD (110) in Linguistics, Vietnamese language and culture, ethnic minority languages and cultures in Vietnam. The Department’s former students are now working in different universities, research centers, cultural and educational institutions, etc. in Vietnam and abroad  

    The VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies offers undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA & PhD) programs:

        BA in Linguistics (Standards & Honors), with 4 Sub-majors:
            
       Linguistics
            
       Vietnamese Linguistics 
            
       Ethnic Minority Languages and Cultures in Vietnam 
            
       Vietnamese Language and Culture for foreigners 
        MA in Linguistics 
        PhD in Linguistics, with 5 Sub-majors: 
            
       Theoretical Linguistics 
            
       Vietnamese Linguistics
            
       Contrastive Linguistics 
            
       Historical-Comparative Linguistics
            
       Ethnic Minority Languages and Cultures in Vietnam 

   The VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies also offers several exchange programs and short-term courses such as:
    
        Student exchange programs in Vietnamese language and culture which are in corporation with foreign universities (following the pattern 3+1 or 2+2).
     
        Short-term courses in Vietnamese language and culture for foreigners (from 4 weeks to 01 year).
    
        Short-term courses in linguistics, Vietnamese linguistics and applied linguistics for Vietnamese (from 3 months to 01 year).
 

   Enrolments in the academic year 2006– 2007:
        
      400 undergraduate students (including 70 students in Honors Program)
        
        200 foreign students on 1 year exchange programs.
        
        163 MA students (including 17 foreign MA students).
        
      42 PhD students (including 12 foreign PhD students).

   Along with the training activities, the VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies also puts a strong emphasis on scientific research. The Department's members (with 5 Professors, 6 Assoc. Professors, 5 Doctors, 8 Masters) have carried out numerous important research projects and published a number of valuable scientific works and textbooks which are highly appreciated by their Vietnamese and foreign colleagues:
              Vietnamese Grammar, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tai Can (1975)
      
   The origin and formation of Sino - Vietnamese Pronunciation,  Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tai Can (1979)
      
       Vietnamese Phonetics, Prof. Dr. Doan Thien Thuat,  (1977)
      
        Vietnamese Grammar: Sentence, Prof. Dr. Hoang Trong Phien, (1980)
               Vietnamese Lexicology, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thien Giap (1983)
               Vietnamese Grammar: Word Classes, Prof. Dr. Dinh Van Duc (1986)
               A Contrastive Analysis of Languages,  Prof. Dr. Le Quang Thiem (1989 )
               Vietnamese Dialectology, Prof. Dr. Hoang Thi Chau (2005) 
               History of Vietnamese Language, Prof. Dr. Tran Tri Doi (2005)
               Studying Ethnic Minority Languages in Vietnam, Prof. Dr. Tran Tri Doi (1999), etc. 

   The VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies has maintained collaboration with several universities in the world.  The Department ‘s professors have worked as visiting professors or researchers at University Paris VII (France), University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of  Oregon (USA),  University of Toronto, University of Laval (Canada), Seoul National University, Hankuk University for Foreign Studies (South Korea),  Guangxi Nationality University,  Yunan Nationality University, Guangdong University of  Foreign  Languages and Foreign Trade (China).  And in the academic year 2006-2007, there are more than 200 students around the world (including 27 graduate students) are studying in the VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies.
 

   For its achievement in academic activities, the VNU Department of Linguistics and Vietnamese Studies was awarded the Third-Rank Labor Medal (2001) and the Second-Rank Labor Medal (2006). Many professors of the Department have received valuable awards and titles:
         The Ho Chi Minh Award on Science  and Technology: 
                  Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tai Can 
         The State Award on Science and Technology:
                
  Prof. Dr. Hoang Thi Chau
      
    The Title of People’s Teacher:
                
  Prof. Dr. Doan Thien Thuat
                
   Prof. Dr. Le Quang Thiem
       
    The Title of Merit Teacher:
                
   Prof.Dr. Nguyen Lai 
                
   Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Van Tu 
                
   Prof.Dr.  Hoang Thi Chau 
                
   Prof.Dr. Hoang Trong Phien 
                
   Prof.Dr. Đinh Van Đuc 
                
   Prof.Dr. Nguyen Thien Giap

           Department’s Management Board:
           Chair:      Prof. Dr. Tran Tri Doi
      
     Vice chairs:
      
     Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dao Thanh Lan
  
         Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Con
      
     Head of Section of Theoretical
     
      Linguistics:   Prof. Dr. Dinh Van Duc
      
     Head of Section of Contrastive
     
      Linguistics:  Prof. Dr. Le Quang Thiem
      
     Head of Section of Vietnamese
           
Linguistics: Prof. Dr.Nguyen Thien Giap
      
     Head of Section of Ethnic Minority
   
        Languages and Cultures:Prof. Dr. Tran Tri Doi
      
     Director of the Center of Vietnamese
           Language for foreigners: Dr. Hoang Anh Thi