The Faculty of Urban Studies (FUS) is one of the leading academic units for applied social sciences of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), a member of Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City.

The Faculty is dedicated to raising public awareness of urbanism, providing human resources for industrialization and urbanization, and training personnel for city management.

It is striving to become the top Southern research and training hub in urban studies and management, and to be widely recognized in Asia and Southeast Asia in the near future.

Brief history of Faculty of Urban Studies (FUS)

Vietnam, particularly Ho Chi Minh City and the Southern Area, is undergoing rapid urbanization and industrialization. After approximately 20 years of this process, the country has gained remarkable achievements but also encountered numerous social problems such as traffic congestion, urban flooding, over population, environmental pollution, social inequality and social problems, ect. A field of study and training to provide human resources for solving such problems has thus become an urgent priority.

Predecessor of Department of Urban Studies (DUS) is the Center for Urban and Community Development (CUCD), which was established on February 14th 2003. On April 18th 2007, Prof.Dr.Vo Van Sen, President of USSH, signed Decision No.70/QD-TCHC on the establishment of Department of Urban Studies and merging CUCD into this Department. On 14/12/2012, President of Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City signed another Decision on the establishment of Faculty of Urban Studies, which was preceded by Department of Urban Studies.

The Faculty of Urban Studies now has more than 400 undergraduate students, plus over 20 scholars and practitioners in urban and regional planning, urban design, environment, geography, and sociology. In addition to training, the faculty has participated in various local, national as well as international projects and academic activities.


The Faculty of Urban Studies has the status of a university and operated under the USSH Board of Management. It is dedicated to disseminating knowledge on urban areas through research and training, providing agencies with human resources of different levels (Bachelor, MSc, and PhD), and fostering talents in the field of urban management.

The Faculty has commitment to become the top center for urban research and training in the Southern areas, and to be widely recognized in Asia and Southeast Asia in the near future.

Main functions – Mission

1. Training: The Faculty of Urban Studies delivers undergraduate programs and in the next few years postgraduate programs in the fields of urban studies and urban management. The Faculty also offers certificate and non-certificate training programs, and organizes local and international study tours for Vietnamese students.

2. Research: The Faculty coordinates and conducts research, and organizes national and international conferences and seminars.

3. Consulting: The Faculty provides

- Consultancy services to organizations and individuals in projects and research.

- Assessment and evaluation services for social and economic programs.

- Assistance in policy making at all levels.

4. Information dissemination: The Faculty publishes and disseminates research works and training materials.

Global Network Membership

The International Academic Consortium for Sustainable Cities (IACSC) led by Yokohama City University, Japan.

Asian City Innovation Systems Initiative (CIS - ASIA) organized and coordinated by Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Metropolitan Development Forum in Asian-Pacific coordinated by Auckland University, New Zealand.

Among many others.

Contact us

Block K, Room 105, 10 – 12 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Tel: (08) 3 8293828 – (ext) 151

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