VinUniversity’s General Education Program (GenEd) instils in students the values, competencies, skills, and knowledge required to respond to the uncertain emerging world and to become responsible and inspirational leaders. 

At VinUniversity, the General Education Program is the first home for all students as they embark on a journey of self-discovery. Essentially, GenEd at VinUniversity is a “gateway” between past and future, theory and practice, and local and global.

To competently serve society with heart and mind, GenEd seeks to begin cultivating in each student six identified attributes: Character, Competence, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and National Pride-Global Awareness.


1.1  Program Description

Name of the program degree  VinUniversity General Education (GenED)
Program duration – As an integral component of the undergraduate curriculum.

– All undergraduates will complete the same requirements regardless of their major discipline of study.

Total credits/hours – Credit-bearing courses: 27 credits

– Non-credit bearing courses: 45 contact hours

(*) National Defense Education (165 contact hours) as the requirement of the government and MOET.

1.2 Program Mission

VinUniversity’s dynamic, innovative General Education Program (GenED) will develop tomorrow’s ambitious leaders by providing the knowledge, skills, competencies, and core values needed to make an impact as professionals, entrepreneurial leaders, and global citizens.

1.3 Learning Goals and Learning Objectives

The program’s learning goals and objectives are aligned with the VinUni mission, core values and generic graduate attributes (EXCEL: Empathy, Exceptional Capabilities, Creativity, Entrepreneurial Mindsets, Leadership). There are three learning goals and nine learning objectives as below:


2.1 Curriculum Composition

The GenED program comprises three domains: University Core Requirements, Distributional Requirements and Co-curricular learning with 27 credits:


  • (*) Academic English 1 (ENGL1010) and Academic English 2 (ENGL1020) applied to Cohorts 2020 and 2021. Since Academic Year 2022-2023, only one Academic English (3 credits) is compulsory for students, the other is optional. The name and code of the course are tentative and subject to change.
  • (**) Agile Innovation & Entrepreneurship will merge into a single course with 3 credits from Academic Year 2022-2023.
  • (***) LEAD1010-Leadership development applied to Cohorts 2021. LEAD1020-Organizational Behaviour applied to Cohorts 2020.  Since Academic Year 2022-2023, the LEAD1010, LEAD1020 and Leadership Bootcamp will be integrated into LEAD1030-Leadership and Team building Bootcamp (2 credits).
  • (1) To fulfil MOET’s requirement of Physical Education and university core requirements. MOET requirement for physical education is a 45-hour course (equivalent to 3 credits) but not counted in total credits.
  • (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) to fulfil Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET)’s requirements on political and ideology education for undergraduate students.
  • (7) Arts courses:

– Students can select either ARTS1010 or MUSI1010 to fulfil the art component requirement. 

– For the MD programme, students must enrol in the Medical Humanities course to fulfil the art component requirement.  Students may take other art courses (i.e ARTS1010 or MUSI1010, etc) as elective one(s).

  • National Defense Education is required by the government for all Vietnamese nation students and under CAS implementation.

2.2 Course description

Please refer to the course catalogue to see course descriptions.