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Hanoi University of Pharmacy

1. Foundation Date:

Hanoi University of Pharmacy is originated from the Medical School (Ðcole de MÐdecine) which was founded in 1902 in Hanoi. The training of pharmacists for a University degree has been started since 1926. In 1961 the Mixed Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy was divided into two independent universities: Hanoi University of Medicine and Hanoi University of Pharmacy, which both belong to the Ministry of Health.

2. Mandate

Hanoi University of Pharmacy is an outstanding University for undergraduate and postgraduate training in pharmacy. It is a great center in its performance, in how efficiently it devotes itself to the improvement of public health condition and to the modernization of the Country’s Pharmacy, as well as being a leading center in producing a number of qualified students and staff in various fields of pharmaceutical sector.

Hanoi University of Pharmacy is the only one in the North and the Center of Vietnam in training and graduating several pharmacists of different academic levels: bachelor''''''''s, master''''''''s, Ph.D., specialized pharmacist for 1st and 2nd grade and technicians for Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia.

3. Training Objectives

“A graduate PHARMACIST should be of good virtue, have acquired a knowledge profound in fundamental sciences and solid in basic medico-pharmaceutical sciences, possess satisfactory command and essential skills on modern and national traditional medicines. With these, on one hand, he or she can give advice to the patient on drug rationale and safe use and confer with a physician about the care and treatment of his/her patient, and in addition, prepare and manufacture drugs in the health care network and in the community. He or she should be able to upgrade him/herself by self-studying to meet the needs of the people in health care and protection”.

Graduate pharmacist should be able to fulfill the following tasks:

- Provide guidance in drug utilization:

+ Provide guidance to patients in drug rational and safe use when the physician is away;

+ Confer with a physician about the indication and choice
of drugs;

+ Provide health workers and patients with information
on drugs.

- Prepare, manufacture, do business on drugs:

+ Manufacture some common dosage forms of drugs committed to ASEAN GMP guidelines, in bulk or at doctors'''''''' prescriptions.

+ Prepare some common national traditional drugs.

+ Know the principles of manufacturing different dosage forms from a number of active drugs so that he or she can participate in the development of the manufacturing when possible.

+ Participate in the drug trading activities.

- Drug management:

+ Control and evaluate the quality of drugs.

+ Master and implement legislative regulations in Pharmacy.

+ Participate in the establishment and implementation of the production and trade plans in the health care system and in the community.

- Self-study and help colleagues in their self-study to improve the knowledge.

4. Organization

The University has the following departments, laboratories and centers:

- Department of Mathematics and Physics

- Department of Philosophy

- Department of Botany

- Department of Foreign Languages

- Department of Organic Chemistry

- Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

- Department of Analytical Chemistry

- Department of Biochemistry

- Department of Pharmacology

- Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

- Department of Pharmacognosy

- Department of Pharmaceutics

- Department of Industrial Pharmacy

- Department of Pharmaceutical Organization and Economics

- Department of Clinical Pharmacy

- Department of Traditional Pharmacy

- Department of Informatics (Computer Sciences)

- Department of Microbiology

- Department of Physical Education and Sports

- Department of National Defense Education

- Library - Drug Information Center

- Good Manufacturing Practice teaching Laboratory (GMP teaching Laboratory)

- Pharmacokinetic Laboratory

- Quality Assurance Laboratory

- Central Laboratory

- Botanical Garden

Administrative and Service Units:

- Administrative Department

- Personnel Department

- International Relations Office

- Department of Research Management

- Postgraduate Training Department

- Undergraduate Training Department

- Accounting - Finance Department

- Printing Unit

- Chemical and Equipment Supplying Department

- Department of Facility Management

- Political Training Department

- Bureau of Youth Union

5. Directorate of the University

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tu Minh Koong, Rector

Dr. Vo Xuan Minh, Vice Rector for Training, Science and Technology

Dr. Le Viet Hung, Vice Rector for Finance and Physical Facilities

Ms. Phan Viet Phuong, Vice Rector for Personnel

Management and Academic Affairs

6. Faculty and Students

Staff (as of 2001): 260.

Teaching staff: 126, among them there are 2 Professors, 13 Associate Professors, 50 Ph.D. and 29 M.Sc.

Students (as of 2002):

- Undergraduate students for regular system: 1,160

- Undergraduate students for short-term system: 230

- Master students: 180

- Ph.D. students: 40

- Trainees for specialized pharmacist of first grade: 228.

Calendar: The University follows a two-term calendar, the first term begins in mid August and ends in late January which is followed by a two-week holiday for TET (Lunar New Year) and the second term comes in mid February and ends in late June.
A six-week summer vacation falls in the time of early July to
mid August.

Location: Hanoi University of Pharmacy is situated in the center of Hanoi occupying the greater half of the campus of the ancient former Indochina University (Ðcole de l’Indochine).

7. Academic Programs

The University offers various full-time programs. The regular pharmacist training program is five years in duration. The University awards degrees at the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.


Up to 2001 the University has provided:

- 6,607 pharmacists (B.Sc.) for 64 cities/provinces of Vietnam, of which there are 5,516 pharmacists (regular system) and 1,081 pharmacists (short-term system) graduating during the period 1961-2001.

- 1,350 specialized pharmacists of first grade.

- 230 specialized pharmacists of second grade.

- 169 M.Sc.

- 96 Ph.D.

- 255 vocational pharmaceutical technicians.

Retraining has been provided and corresponding certificates were offered to 5,040 pharmacists. Moreover, the University cooperates with several foreign universities and organizations to develop joint training programs at different levels and select a number of pharmacists to be trained abroad. Non-degree and short-term training courses, both home and abroad, are also offered to the staff.

- Research:

- Up to 2001 nearly 1,400 subjects of research have been conducted at the University, of which

+ 22 subjects are of State level

+ 40 subjects are of Ministerial level

+ 125 subjects were transferred for the production application at 55 units nationwide in 15 provinces and cities.

- Main fields of research:

+ Medicinal plants and traditional pharmacy: Research on the traditional remedies, medicinal plants conservation and how to prepare and process traditional medicine.

+ Phytochemistry: isolate natural compounds, structure elucidation, semi-synthesis and studying on biological activity and pharmacology.

+ Drug quality control.

+ Pharmaceutical formulation: study on the stability and pharmacokinetics of products in order to improve bioavailability to ensure the therapeutic effects.

+ Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.

+ Organic synthesis (immunostimulants, antimalarials, contraceptives,...)

+ Mathematical design of experiments (optimization) applied in Pharmaceutical Sciences,...

+ Community Pharmacy.

+ Pharmaceutical administration and epidemiology.

8. Training Programs and Roles of the University

Role: The University is one of the two Pharmacist Training Centers in Vietnam, the other is in Ho Chi Minh City. The University plays its role in:

8.1. Undergraduate training in two systems (for Bachelor Degree):

- Regular system (for students finishing 12-year general education): 5-year course.

- Short-term system (for secondary pharmacists): 4-year course.

8.2. Graduate training for:

- Master''''''''s Degree of Science in Pharmacy in 5 different fields as follows:

+ Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmaceutics

+ Pharmacognosy and Traditional Pharmacy

+ Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy

+ Analysis and Quality Control of Drugs

+ Pharmaceutical Organization and Economics.

- Doctoral Degree of Science in Pharmacy in 4 different fields as follows:

+ Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmaceutics

+ Pharmacognosy and Traditional Pharmacy

+ Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy

+ Analysis and Quality Control of drugs

- Specialized Pharmacist of 1st grade.

- Specialized Pharmacist of 2nd grade.

8.3. Conducting research and providing consultancy services in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy Practice.

9. Courses Offered at the University

9.1. Undergraduate Training Programs

1. Mathematics

2. General Inorganic Chemistry

3. General Physics

4. Foreign Languages

5. History of Philosophy

6. Computer Sciences

7. Physical Education and Sport

8. General Biology

9. Probability and Statistics

10. Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry

11. Analytical Chemistry

12. Pharmaceutical Physic Chemistry

13. Pharmaceutical Botany

14. National Defense Education

15. Political Economics

16. Human Anatomy and Physiology

17. Environment and Science

18. Toxicology

19. Biochemistry

20. Parasitology

21. Microbiology

22. Pharmacognogy

23. Pharmaceutical Chemistry

24. Pathological Physiology and Immunology

25. Basic Pathology

26. Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics (Drug formulations and bioavailability)

27. Pharmacology

28. Scientific Socialism

29. Pharmaceutical Economics

30. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology

31. Practice of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology

32. History of The Vietnam Communist Party

33. Pharmaceutical Regulation

34. Traditional Pharmacy and Medicine

35. Drug Quality Control

36. Clinical Pharmacy

37. Ho Chi Minh Ideology

38. National Defense Education in Pharmacy and Medicine

39. Optional Themes

40. Professional Practice

41. Graduation Thesis

9.2. Master''''''''s Degree Training Programs

1. Philosophy

2. Foreign Languages (level C for English or French)

3. Computer Sciences

4. Methodology in Research and Teaching

5. Probability and Statistics

6. General Chemistry

7. Medical Molecular Biology

8. Pharmaceutical Sociology and Pharmaceutical Regulation

9. Fundamental Pharmacokinetics

10. Therapeutic Chemistry

11. Clinical Pharmacy

12. Biopharmaceutics

13. Pharmaceutical Management

14. Analysis and Quality Control of Drugs

15. Pharmaceutical Botany

16. Community Health Care

17. Quality Control of Medicinal Herbs


1. Pharmaceutical Organization and Economics

2. Drug Quality Control and Toxicology

3. Pharmacognosy and Traditional Pharmacy

4. Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmaceutics

5. Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy

6. Pharmaceutical Biochemistry

9.3. Ph.D. Degree Training Programs


1. Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmaceutics

2. Pharmacognosy

3. Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy

4. Analysis and Quality Control of Drugs.

10. International Co-operation

The University has commitments in different projects, programs and participated in numerous committees and councils belonging to different governmental and non-governmental organizations in co-operation with foreign experts in diverse fields. These important collaborations have contributed to the implementation of the University’s key objectives - excellence in training and research which determine and improve its position in the country.

The University now has developed several relationships and co-operation with various international organizations such as: World Vision International, WHO, Pharmaciens Sans FrontiÌres, ADPC (Sweden), Ford Foundation Vietnam, Aus-AID (in equipping for a GMP and QA teaching Laboratory) and numerous foreign universities: Leiden and Groningen (Holland); Curtin (Australia); Caen, Lyon, Marseille, Paris XI, Paris V, Montpelier, Reims,... (France); Mahidol, Khon Kaen and Chiangmai (Thailand); University of Pharmacy of China (China); Chung nam University (Korea); University of California Berkeley (America); Kitasato and Tokyo Universities (Japan); Catholic University Leuven (Belgium), National University of Laos and Cambodia.

On the basis of signed agreements, many various exchanges and cooperative projects have been developed and implemented, thus making valuable contribution to the strength and the development potential of the University, considerable improvement to its educational and researching facilities and upgradation of its academic staff. The University has sent a number of cadres and postgraduate students, researchers to overseas for training courses, workshops and conferences.

In addition, the University has organized several international conferences and workshops in co-operation with international organizations, including the training workshops on “good manufacturing practices” (GMP) in the scope of the Vietnam -Australia Malaria Control Project (VAMCP), training and workshop on “Good Pharmacy Practice” sponsored by the European Union, workshop in “Drug Management Project” sponsored by Aus-Aid and World Vision, “Participatory Rural Appraisal Workshop” sponsored by University of California Berkeley, Continuing Education for intern pharmacists (FFI program) sponsored by the French Embassy, International workshop on “Ethnobotany and Medicinal plants conservation” sponsored by Ford Foundation Vietnam and the 14 countries conference on pharmaceutical sciences “Pharma Indochina II” sponsored by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam.

The University is continuously receiving students from Laos, Cambodia, France, United Kingdom, America, Japan, etc. to undertake whole or partial undergraduate or postgraduate training courses and do research in various fields. The University encourages and appreciates international linkages for mutual benefits and the overall development of higher education./.

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