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Our Historic Timeline

June 1988

The Ministry of Education of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam issues the formal decree establishing an International School in Hanoi for expatriate children of the Diplomatic Corps.

Memorandum of Understanding is signed between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Education. The Memorandum includes operating guidelines for the school as a cultural and non-profit institution of the international community in Vietnam.

September 1988

The United Nations International School of Hanoi begins operating as a school at the Hanoi-Amsterdam Campus with an enrolment of 4 students.

September 1992

The Swedish School in Hanoi merges with UNIS at the Hanoi-Amsterdam Campus. Grades extend from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8.

August 1995

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2 is moved to converted classrooms in the Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound (2C). Grades extendes to Grade 9 at Hanoi-Amsterdam Campus. Three satellite classrooms are constructed at Hanoi-Amsterdam Campus. The whole school enrollment is over 310.

August 1996

Grades 3 to 5 moves from Hanoi-Amsterdam to Van Phuc Campus. Grades extendes to Grade 10 at Hanoi-Amsterdam Campus. UNIS Hanoi is given an official written authorization to implement the Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme (Grades 6-10).

August 1997

Middle School is established to include Grades 6 to 8 making UNIS Hanoi a three-division school - Lower, Middle and Upper with enrollment of nearly 400.

Spring 1998

Three additional satellite classrooms are constructed at Hanoi-Amsterdam, bringing the total number of satellite classrooms to six. The construction of the Early Childhood Centre adjacent to the Van Phuc Campus sees the creation of a new division. UNIS Hanoi is authorized to conduct Self-Study leading to Accreditation.

August 1998

Grade 12 class establishes at Hanoi-Amsterdam, making UNIS Hanoi a fully-fledged Pre-K through Grade 12 school. International Baccalaureate Programme is fully implemented in Grades Pre-K through to Grade 11. Self-Study for accreditation is initiated according to guidelines established by the European Council of International Schools and New England Association of School and Colleges.

May 1999

UNIS Hanoi’s first graduate class - Class of 1999.

Middle/High School vacate Hanoi-Amsterdam campus and re-locate to Van Phuc - 2D.


UNIS Hanoi moves to current purpose-built campus in Ciputra Residential Compound, Tay Ho.


Swimming pools and Physical Education block were added.


New tennis courts added and Science and Technology Building expanded.

A historic visit in 2010

United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits UNIS Hanoi.


The Sports Centre is added.


UNIS Hanoi celebrates 25 Years of Learning to Inspire with an all school photo taken on UN Day, October 2012.

To celebrate the 25th Birthday the school also launched its Scholarship Programme and The Birthday Gift Fund, both honouring the School's commitment to our host nation.


The Centre for the Arts is opened.


UNIS Hanoi launches its first Annual Community Fundraising Campaign in January 2015 to support the School Scholarship Programme and exceeded its first year goal of $75,000.


The opening of the new school playground and the ground breaking on the next phase in the Campus Master Plan which will create a new cafeteria, covered courts and artificial pitch.


School starts for this milestone anniversary with more than 1100 students and a campus in full construction and renovation.


Phase 3A campus development is completed with a new cafeteria and multi-use facilities, a new wing to the Elementary School, an extended and fully renovated covered court area and an artificial turf soccer pitch for all year use.

Our History - 35 years of Learning to Inspire

UNIS Hanoi first opened its doors in 1988. The School began with only 4 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.