Vietnam National University – Hanoi Awarded QS Recognition of Improvement

The honour is based on various categories of university performance, including academic and employer reputation, faculty and student ratio, as well as research citations.


The Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU) has won the QS Recognition of Improvement, making it the first in the country to secure the accreditation, VNA reported.

Vietnam National University - Hanoi Awarded QS Recognition of Improvement
At the Vietnam National University – Hanoi. Photo: VNA

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is one of the top three most prestigious university ranking organizations in the world alongside Times Higher Education (THE) of the UK and Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of China.

The award will be presented to the university at the 20th QS Higher Ed Summit: the Asia Pacific to be held in Indonesia on November 8-10.

The “Recognition of Quality Improvement” certification is awarded to organizations that demonstrate a significant improvement in rating results based on an improvement in average rank.

In order to improve its results in the QS world university rankings, an institution needs to not only improve against itself but also demonstrate improvement compared to other ranked institutions, with regard to the criteria of reputation, research prestige and ability to attract and retain international students and staff, among others.

In recent years, the VNU has maintained its position in the top 801-1000 in the rankings. Its position has steady rose from the top 78.5% of the world’s best universities in 2019 to the top 65.3% in 2023.

Currently, the establishment is also present in Group 101-150 in the QS global young universities rankings.

Vietnam National University - Hanoi Awarded QS Recognition of Improvement
Vietnam National University in Hanoi has become the first Vietnamese educational institution to receive the Recognition of Improvement given by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British firm specializing in overseas education. Source: VOV

The VNU also ranked 758th in the latest Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, jumping 186 places from the previous list released in January.

With the new position, the VNU stood 183rd in Asia and 14th in Southeast Asia, according to the rankings issued by the Cybermetrics Lab of the Spanish National Research Council on August 7.

The Webometrics list, published twice a year, assesses the digitalization capacity and impact of higher education institutions’ academic resources based on the volume of the website content, the visibility and impact of their website publications, the openness of academic resources on Google Scholar, and the number of citations they received on the Scopus database.

To the VNU, the jump from the 1316th position in the January rankings to the 656th in terms of visibility indicates the broad scope of influence of its online resources and website on not only the academic community of Vietnam and the world but also the society.

In 2022, this school has continually recorded higher places in global and Asia university rankings, including among the top 1,000 in the QS World University Rankings and the top 301 – 350 in the Times Higher Education (THE)’s Asia University Rankings.

THE also released THE Impact Rankings, which assess universities’ performance of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In the latest list, the VNU was also present together with some other educational institutions of Vietnam, including the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Ton Duc Thang University, Phenikaa University, Duy Tan University, FPT University, and National Economics University.

Hannah Nguyen