The VNU University of Engineering and Technology (VNU-UET) – known to the international community also under the name College of Technology (Coltech) since 2004 – was founded by the decision of the Prime Minister of Vietnam as a member university of the Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU).
VNU was established in 1993 as an complex university entity, among which the former University of Hanoi (founded in 1956 as the successor of the Indochina University from 1906, the French-style original building of which is shown on the left-hand side photograph) was the main and core institution. In the vision to develop advanced engineering and technology fields of education and research for widening the comprehensive scope of the VNU, the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) and the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications Technology (FETT) were founded in 1995 and 1996, respectively. These faculties were established on the basis of the respective departments and institutes of the Faculty of Mathematics – Mechanics – Informatics, Faculty of Physics and Institute of Informatics and Electronics within the VNU University of Science. The Faculty of Technology under VNU was subsequently founded by merging these two faculties under the leadership of Prof. Nguyen Van Hieu in October 1999. Prior to this, the Center for Cooperation in Mechanics Training was established in cooperation with the Institute of Mechanics of Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) by VNU in 1997 in a strategic program to strengthen the existing cooperation with VAST research institutes.
The College of Technology (Coltech) was then founded as a member university of VNU by merging and reorganizing these two institutions. In these years, VNU-UET was led firstly by Professor Nguyen Van Hieu (from 2004 to 2005) and later (from 2005 to early 2009) by Professor Nguyen Huu Duc, who then became Vice-President of VNU.
In the course of its operation over the years, the profile of Coltech has become more engineering oriented and emphasized. This leads to the decision in 2009 to change its name, for international communication, to VNU University of Engineering and Technology (VNU-UET).