Vietnamese-German University opens its new campus in Binh Duong Province

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
11 November 2022

The Vietnamese-German University (VGU) new campus officially opens its door to welcome students and faculty today with an inauguration ceremony. 

The new campus is a part of ‘The Vietnam New-Model University Project’ – a joint effort between the World Bank, the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training and the German Hessen State Ministry of Science and Art – to develop an internationally accredited higher education programme for research and professional advancement for Vietnamese students. 

Working as part of a multidisciplinary design team led by Boston-based Machado Silvetti Architects, Arup provided total engineering consultancy services including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering, lighting and acoustic design, landscape design input and transport consulting.


We are very proud to help deliver this exemplar university campus. Designed holistically from the outset with sustainability as the key driver, the project combines the principles of flexible modern campus layout and environmentally conscious building design, resulting in possibly the first truly sustainable university campus in Vietnam. ” Kien Hoang Kien Hoang Project Manager and Associate Director, Arup

Reflecting international best practice, the campus was designed in the concept of an eco-friendly ‘academic town’ rather than a ‘campus as one big building’. Set within a total land area of 505,004m², the development consists of five primary areas: academic and research, science park, sports and support services, student residences, and faculty housing.

The design contains a number of sophisticated measures aimed at reducing emission and energy consumption, including a centralised mechanical and electrical system for power supply and chilled water production, the redundant power supply solution to bridge the gap between power usage demand and available supply, multiple passive cooling solutions to precisely control wide area temperature and displacement ventilation. The campus also features sustainable drainage systems including ponds, swales and storm water recycling, and intelligent use of locally sourced materials.

In addition to reducing operation and maintenance costs, these features also serve to increase user well-being, creating a contemporary, smart and sustainable educational environment for more than 12,000 students and lecturers.  

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