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Institute for International Relations (IIR)

1. Foundation Date

Upon Decree No.78 of the Council of Ministers dated 19 May 1987, the College of Diplomacy (established in 1959) merged with the Institute for International Relations (established in 1977) to become a single institution, which was renamed Institute for International Relations in August 1992. The date of establishment of the College of Diplomacy (17 June 1959) has been recognized as the official date of establishment of the now named Institute for International Relations.

2. Mandate

The IIR forms a part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The same time, the IIR belongs to the national system of academic institutions and as such, the IIR operates under the governing academic regulations of the Ministry of Education and Training. The main functions and responsibilities of the IIR are as follows:

- Training and retraining foreign relations officials with B.A. degree and postgraduate degree for the whole country;

- Conducting research on world situation and international relations, reviewing diplomatic activities of the Party and State;

- Managing scientific research activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

- Directing functional activities of the Center for Training, Retraining on International Affairs and foreign languages in
Ho Chi Minh City.

3. Degree and Program

- Standard 4.5-year B.A. programs in international relations majoring in International Politics, International Laws and International Economics.

- B.A. programs in international relations as a second degree.

- Standard 2-year training programs for foreign relations secretaries.

- Postgraduate programs (M.A.) in international relations.

- Short training courses on international relations, diplomatic protocol and foreign languages ranging from several weeks to one year long.

4. Academic Faculties and Centers

IIR is headed by a Director General, who has been posted as Ambassador. The Director General is assisted by Deputy Directors General and Director General Assistants responsible for a particular area of activities. The IIR is organized along three major sections:

- Training Section includes Faculty of International Politics and Diplomacy, Faculty of International Economics, Faculty of Foreign Languages (English, French and Chinese), Faculty of Mid-career Training and Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of International Law, Office of Training Administration, Center for Translation and Interpretation (French and English).

- Research Section includes Southeast Asia Studies Center; Northeast Asian Studies Center; Euro-American Studies Center; Center of Information and Library, Office for Scientific Management.

- General Affairs Section includes Department for International Co-operation and Administration, Department of Personnel and Department of Finance and Facilities Maintenance.

The Board of Directors of the IIR is advised by the Council of Science and Training as well as the Institute's Council.

5. International Co-operation

Since 1994, the IIR has become a member of the network of the ASEAN Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS). In 1996, Vietnam formally became a member of the Council for Security Co-operation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and the IIR was assigned the role of chairmanship of the Vietnam National CSCAP Committee. At the end of 2001, the IIR joint Singapore Embassy in Vietnam to host the Vietnam- Singapore Training Center to offer short-term courses in trade, international economic integration, international economic laws, policy analysis and formulation and English language training, etc. The IIR maintains collaborative research and training relations with 70 universities, research institutes and other institutions from all continents of the world as well as a great number of diplomatic missions and international organizations based in Hanoi./.

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