A Brief History

25 Years of Learning to Inspire


The United Nations International School of Hanoi first opens its doors in 1988 at the Hanoi-Amsterdam campus with an enrollment of 12 students.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


UNIS Hanoi’s first graduate class
Class of 1999.


UNIS Hanoi moves all students to Van Phuc campus.


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


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.


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

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


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


Swimming pool and Physical Education block added.


New tennis courts added and Science and Technology Building expanded.


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

An Historic Visit!


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

Campus Developments


Sports Centre is added.

Improved Facilities


Centre for the Arts is opened.

Our 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 2008-2018

Advancing UNIS Hanoi


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.

A New Campus!


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.

30 Years of Learning to Inspire


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

New Learning Space


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.


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