National Economics University

International school of Management and Economics - ISME

History of Development and Mission

International School of Management and Economics (ISME) (National Economics University) was founded and developed  in the context of the country’s renovation and economic reforms, which was one of the first institutions applying advanced training contents from developed countries into Vietnam.

Being inspired from Distance Learning project sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in early 1990s, international training partnership activities at ISME have demonstrated NEU’s proactive efforts in continuing and promoting available resources inherited by previous development support projects, enhancing the flexibility and vision of the university’s leadership spirit, improving the dedication and creativity of the staff who received the systematic education from reputable universities around the world, and strengthening NEU’s desire to extend these training opportunities to other foreign partners.


The International School of Management and Economics strives to become well-known nationwide and worldwide as a reputable research and training center in economics, management and business administration. It is expected to be highly recognized in taking an effective role at National Economics University as a bridge connecting national education systems to the world.


The International School of Management and Economics is a unit responsible for developing and executing international cooperative training programs in the fields of economics, management and business administration. It aims at promoting the university’s strengths and moving on to build up internationally recognized programs at National Economics University. Additionally, ISME  has the function of receiving, applying, and transferring training technology, scientific research and providing consultancy.


The International School of Management and Economics provides students, learners and staff members with development opportunities through researching and establishing internationally standardized programs and environments in a sense of promoting creativity, enthusiasm and responsibility, thereby contributing to the innovation of the education in Vietnam.

History of Development

  • From 1/2011 till now

    The International Faculty of Management and Economics was upgraded to the International School of Management and Economics on January 4th, 2011 according to  Decision no. 03/QD–DH.KTQD–TCCB by the President of National Economics University. ISME continues to execute training programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, aiming at becoming a research training organization in the fields of economics and business administration that meets international standards.

    Up to 2023, the International School of Management and Economics has offered and managed 7 undergraduate programs, 4 postgraduate and doctoral programs in partnership with certain universities in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany.

    With a pioneering, creative and proactive spirit to develop valuable educational programs, the International School of Management and Economics has always innovated and strived to develop an advanced educational environment by selectively introducing international educational elements into Vietnam, gradually develops its own international training programs. Thereby, it has attracted international students and academic communities to study and work at the university, contributing to the comprehensive international integration of the National Economics University, and taking the School, as well as the University, to the new heights.

  • From 2009 to 2011

    On May 12th, 2009, according to the Decision no. 859/QD–KTQD–TCCB by the President,  the National Economics University, the Faculty of International Training Management was renamed as the International Faculty of Management and Economics. The key task was to focus on building and executing international programs in collaboration with international partners. In addition, the faculty should also be responsible for managing all students studying at National Economics University campus.

    At the same time, the faculty continued to implement and develop the Vietnam–Belgium Master Program and the International Bachelor’s Program with new partners and majors. In 2009, the faculty established a new partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) in the United Kingdom, opening up the Economics major – a new major for the International Bachelor’s Program. Later, in 2010, the faculty expanded its offerings with the Banking & Finance major, providing more opportunities for students studying in the program.

  • From 2003 to 2009

    The Faculty of International Training Management (FITM) was formed on November 26th, 2003 according to Decision no. 4684/QĐ–TCCB. It was a unit under direct management by National Economics University and entrusted with the task of managing, developing, and directly implementing international training programs.

    From 2005, the faculty began to execute the International Bachelor’s Program – IBD@NEU, an undergraduate training program. The program allows its students to study under the British education system and obtain a degree granted by the University of Sunderland (UoS), United Kingdom in Vietnam.

    Also in 2005, the FITM implemented the Vietnam–Laos Master’s Program in collaboration with the National University of Laos in Vientiane, the capital of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. This was the first time that the National Economics University had an official training program outside of Vietnam.

  • From precursor to 2003

    Established in 1992, the Distance Learning Project Management Office was a unit under the Postgraduate Faculty of the National Economics University, being responsible for providing Master program in Financial Economics in collaboration with the University of London, United Kingdom. In 1996, based on a bilateral agreement between the Vietnamese government and the Belgian government, the office executed the Vietnam–Belgium Master’s Program in collaboration with the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. This was one of the earliest international Master’s programs implemented in Vietnam.

    The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in collaboration with the University of Washington, United States, was the international Master program implemented in 2000 following the first one in 1996. This was also the first Master program at that time based on the cooperation with a partner recognized by the US’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB.

    From 2001, the Project Management Office was upgraded to the Center for research, technology transfer and international training cooperation. The Center continued implementing Vietnam–Belgium and Vietnam–US Master’s programs as well as expanding its activities through collaborating with other organizations to organize short-term training courses with Singapore, France, Germany, and other countries. As a result, this created a premise for the establishment of a new organization with more diverse and extensive training activities.