About UNIS Hanoi
UNIS Hanoi is a not-for-profit coeducational English-language day school enrolling students from Discovery (for 3 year olds) through to Grade 12. The School follows the ideals and principles of the United Nations in action every day. UNIS Hanoi is authorised by the Ministry of Education in Vietnam, accredited by the Council of International Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the International Baccalaureate Organisation. It is administered by the Head of School, Jane McGee and governed by a ten-member Board of Directors.
What it means to be a UN School
UNIS Hanoi has a multifaceted identity and at its centre is its relationship with the United Nations. We are not an agency of the United Nations, but we are one of only two UN international schools in the world, educating agents for change. We define our identity with the United Nations as follows:
The United Nations International School of Hanoi is committed to inspiring and equipping young people to build a better world. We bring the world together on one campus and guided by the Principles of the United Nations mentor peace makers and problem solvers. Our young global citizens are curious, compassionate and confident to take action against issues confronting humanity; bold in the face of complexity and resilient in an uncertain world. We are a learning community that cares enough to create a better tomorrow. Starting today. Together.
Mission & Guiding Principles
"Our mission is to encourage students to be independent, lifelong learners who strive for excellence and become responsible stewards of our global society and natural environment, achieved within a supportive community that values diversity and through a programme reflecting the ideals and principles of the United Nations."
The United Nations principles as applied to the school are to:
- Promote peaceful solutions to problems.
- Develop friendly relations among children and adults of different nationalities.
- Promote cooperation in problem solving in economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian matters.
- Encourage respect for fundamental freedoms and equality for all, without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.
Our learning community will be an inspirational role model for a better world
UNIS Hanoi values LEARNING and believes that we:
Learn, think and reflect critically in an inspiring environment, using a dynamic curriculum that exceeds international standards;
Use and apply knowledge in the classroom and beyond for life-long personal development, as we strive for happy, balanced lives;
Question and research collaboratively to seek innovative solutions for local and global issues.
UNIS Hanoi values COMMUNITY and believes that we:
Pro-actively connect with others to make supportive, long-lasting and diverse friendships;
Take action to create a safe, caring, and sustainable environment;
Respect and appreciate diverse cultures, beliefs and languages to deepen our understanding of local and global issues.
UNIS Hanoi values RESPONSIBILITY and believes that we:
Act with integrity to make and defend reasoned decisions based on respect, compassion and fairness;
Take ownership and are accountable for our thoughts, actions and their consequences;
Face challenges with courage, resilience and an independent spirit, whilst remaining responsive and adaptable to change.
More than 30 years of Learning to Inspire
UNIS Hanoi first opened its doors in 1988. The School began with only 12 students in the borrowed classroom of a local high school with a teacher on secondment from UNIS New York. That teacher, Dr Alice Ann Winner, became the School’s first Head of School. Today, we welcome more than 1100 students from 70 nationalities and 40 mother tongue groups to our purpose built campus every day.
As a not-for-profit IB World School - the first established in Asia - our curriculum is international and challenging. At the same time, we place a high value on the quality of relationships within the school as we attempt to model behaviors that we hope to see in students. Students and faculty commit countless hours to our Service Learning programme because we want students to be a part of the solution, part of changing things for the better. In this way, we are more than just a school…we are a place where students emerge as responsible stewards of our global society and natural environment - our promise to our families through our Mission Statement.