1. Overview of Faculty of Geology

Established in 1966, the Faculty of Geology (FoG) is among the most highly reputable undergraduate and graduate training programs in Vietnam. The FoG has deployed the theoretical and applied researches to discovery and management of natural resources; technical solutions; geoenvironment; geophysics to minimize the impacts of natural disasters; supporting infrastructure construction; utilizing and managing natural resources; protecting the environment; climate change; and promoting sustainable development. These fields are receiving special attention and investment, not only in Vietnam but in other developed countries as well. Compared with its early days with only two departments and a few dozens of staff members, the FoG is currently composed of 06 departments with a total of 33 staff members, including 27 teaching staff (01 Professor, 10 Associate Professors, 17 Doctor and 01 at MSc level) and 04 researchers, technicians, and administrative staff. The FoG has constituted significant achievement in education for years. During 55 years of education, a great number of graduates have held key positions at different institutions. Many others have become leading professors and scientists.

The FoG has established effective cooperation with many universities and research institutes at home and abroad (from United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan, Poland, etc.), all in a spirit of domestic and international integration of teaching and research.

Staff of Faculty of Geology


 Dean: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dinh Xuan Thanh

Tel: + 84 4 38585097

Fax: +84 4 38583061

Website: http://geology.hus.vnu.edu.vn/

2. Missions and vision


Our missions are to provide training programs in Earth Sciences at different levels to reach international standards and meet the needs of the country and international integration; and to carry out research, development, and knowledge transfer in the fields of Earth Sciences for the building, development and protection of the country.


We are driving ourselves to become a prestige training and research institution in Earth Sciences, especially, Geology, Geoenvironment, Geotechnics and Management of Natural Resources and Environment in the region and the world.

Educational philosophy

The educational philosophy of Faculty of Geology (FoG) is to ensure that all students have knowledge and skills in performing the works related in Geology, Geoenvironment, Geotechnics, and Management of Natural Resources and Environment to reach international standards, satisfy the needs of stakeholders and to actively contribute to the socio-economic development of Vietnam.

The pillars of the educational philosophy are “active learning and learning by doing”, “advanced quality” and “social responsibility”.

- “Active learning and learning by doing”: Students are actively involved in the learning and acquiring knowledge to develop critical thinking, self-study and problem-solving skills. The learning processes are combined by theoretical and practical studies. Students can apply the fundamental and specialized knowledge and skills to resolve the practical needs in both laboratory and the real world.

- “Advanced quality”: Faculty of Geology strives to provide training programs in Geology, Geoenvironment, Geotechnics and Management of Natural Resources and Environment at different levels to reach international standard.

- “Social responsibility”: Training programs all serve the sustainable development and protection of the country.

3. Organization structure

The FoG’s Dean Board:

Dean of the FoG: Assoc.Prof.Dr. Dinh Xuan Thanh (oversees all affairs and in charge of post-graduate training programs); Vice Deans: Assoc.Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tai Tue (in charge of research, science and technology) and Dr. Nguyen Van Huong (in charge of undergraduate training programs).


The FoG has 06 departments, consisting of Department of Resources Management and Development, Department of Geological Science and Technology, Department of Sedimentology and Marine Geology, Department of Geotechnics and Infrastructure Development, Department of Geoenvironment, Department of Petroleum Geology.

Organization structure of the FoG


The FoG also houses some modern laboratories for training and research activities, including Thematic labs (Lab of Environmental Geology, Lab of Geology and Geological Resources, Lab of Marine Geology and Petroleum Geology, Lab of Geotechnics), target lab (Lab of Geology, Geoengineering and Disaster Mitigation), Key lab (VNU Key Lab of Geoenvironment and Climate change Response).

Modern facilities and equipment for research and education

4. Education programs

The FoG takes responsible for training of three undergraduate training programs (Geology, Management of Natural resources and Environment and Technology for Natural Resources and Environment Monitoring) and three graduate programs (Geology, Geoenviroment and Mineralogy and Geochemistry

5. The main scientific research fields

Resource Geology (Mineralogy, Mineral’s science, Gemology, Petroleum), Management of Water and Land resources, Management of Geological resources, Management of Marine Resources and Environment, Regional Geology (Stratigraphy, Petrology, Structural Geology, Paleontology, Paleoecology), Environmental Geology, Geotechnics and Infrastructure Development, Geotechnics and Hazard Mitigation, Climate Change, etc.

6. Achievements

The scientific research achievements of the FoG are remarkable. The staff of the FoG has been the main investigators of average 10 projects per year since 2008. Every year, the staff of the FoG have published an average of 40 articles in international and national scientific journals, and 20 scientific reports presented at international and national conferences. Annually, the FoG participates in 1-3 internationally collaborative projects, as well as students involved in exchange programs. The FoG has been awarded the third Labor Medal in 2008 by State President.

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