A Brief History

25 Years of Learning to Inspire

1988

The United Nations International School of Hanoi first opens its doors in 1988 at the Hanoi-Amsterdam campus with an enrollment of 4 students.

1988-1990

We had four rooms in a recently built Vietnamese high school where we had to completely renovate the bathrooms. We had a generator, which I had to learn how to use.

Dr. Alice Ann Winner
Head of School 1988-90

1990-1994

The School had a real family feel to it, and served as a kind of focal point for the lives of many families.

Mr. Graham Cherry
Head of School 1990-94

In 1992, the Swedish School in Hanoi merges with UNIS Hanoi at the Hanoi-Amsterdam Campus.

1995

2C Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound is converted to Elementary School campus. Whole school enrollment is over 310.

1994-1997

The ultimate solution was for UNIS to obtain land on which to build it’s own campus and that became our strategic goal.

Mr. Jim Ambrose
Head of School 1994-97

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.

1998

The construction of the Early Childhood Centre adjacent to the Van Phuc Campus sees the creation of a new division at UNIS Hanoi.

1999

UNIS Hanoi’s first graduate class
Class of 1999.

2000

UNIS Hanoi moves all students to Van Phuc campus.

1997-2002

UNIS itself is taking a very important step at this time with the construction of a new and greatly expanded international campus. UNIS staff and students will move to the new site in Spring 2004 thus taking a major step forward in the history of the school.

Dr. Frances Rhodes
Head of School 1997-02

2002

Construction of the new UNIS Hanoi campus begins on the 9.2 hectare land site in Phu Thuong, Tay Ho, granted by the Prime Minister.

2002-2003

Warm regards to everyone and my best wishes for UNIS’ continued success.

Mr. John D. Osbo
Head of School 2002-03

2004

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

2006

Swimming pool and Physical Education block added.

2008

New tennis courts added and Science and Technology Building expanded.

2003-2008

UNIS Hanoi was a wonderful time in my professional career and I still have the most incredible "feeling" about this amazing school.

I wish you all a most exciting and meaningful future.

Mr. Alun Cooper
Head of School 2003-08

2010

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

2011

Sports Centre is added.

2012

Centre for the Arts is opened.

2012-2013 - UNIS Hanoi's 25th Birthday

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.

25 Years of Learning to Inspire

This year’s anniversary celebrations continue the school’s pioneering tradition and are about the future and building a legacy gift for the next 25 years!

Dr. Chip Barder
Head of School

Launch of Annual Community Fundraising Campaign

UNIS Hanoi launched its first Annual Community Fundraising Campaign in January 2015. Gifts from nearly 300 families, faculty, staff and alumni were received including two Dragon gifts of $10,000 each. By the end of the year, UNIS Hanoi received $79,594 which exceeded their goal of $75,000.

2016

The opening of the new school playground and the ground breaking on the next phase in the Campus Master Plan.

  • United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • G9 Ciputra
  • Tay Ho
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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