Organization - Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS)

Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS)
Basic Information
English Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS)
Local language Viện Văn hóa Nghệ thuật quốc gia Việt Nam
Country Vietnam
Category Research Institute
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Policy and System
Education and Training
Established year 1971
  • To submit to the minister annual long-term plans for scientific research activities and postgraduate training and implement these plans once they are approved;
  • To research and build scientific bases for the Ministry of Culture, Sport, and Tourism to form strategies, build structures and policies, and improve state management on culture, family, physical training, sport, and tourism; and conduct basic research on issues of argument, history, culture, family, art, sport, and tourism in Vietnam;
  • To research culture, family, art, sport, and tourism of foreign countries that are relevant to the functions and duties of the institute; and participate in achievements and experiences in the development of culture, family, art, sport, and tourism in foreign countries that are related to the situation in Vietnam;
  • To collect, research, and safeguard intangible cultural heritage; build, manage, and develop a data bank on intangible cultural heritage of people groups in Vietnam; and make anthropological films to serve research and teaching;
  • To research, consult, and develop cultural industries in Vietnam;
  • To train for PhD degrees in culture, art, and tourism culture in accordance to state apportionment;
  • To cooperate in scientific research and training, and to improve post-graduation programs for domestic and foreign individuals, and organizations in the field of culture, family, sport, and tourism;
  • To carry out scientific information activities in the form of conferences, seminars, and publication of the Culturology magazine and scientific works on culture, family, art, sport, and tourism;
  • To set up a website, manage and supply the scientific sources of the institute, and take part in creating common information systems with related institutes, ministries, and branches;
  • To carry out services on scientific research and training, and cultivating post-graduation programs compatible with the functions and duties of the institute and as stipulated by laws;
  • To improve the management and organizational machinery of the institute in the direction of streamlining, order, and effectiveness; implement administrative renovation under acting programs and plans of the ministry;
  • To self-assess training qualifications and undergo training qualification inspection by authorities;
  • To determine job position, staff structure under professional titles, and number of laborers and submit to authorities for approval; manage and organize machinery and staff, and carry out policies relevant to civil servants, workers, and learners under management of the institute as stipulated by laws and administrative gradation of the ministry;
  • To manage finances and property and distribute budget and other receivables as stipulated by laws;
  • To carry out other duties assigned by the minister.

Established on April 1, 1971, as the Institute of Arts, after a number of name changes, the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS) adopted its current name pursuant to Decision No 2997/QĐ – BVHTTDL on September 3, 2013, by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST).

Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts studies is a scientific professional unit under management of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, having the functions of researching, implementing scientific activities, and training post-graduation on art culture and tourism culture.

  1. Institute’s Board of Directors
  • Acting Director: Associate Professor Dr. Tu Thi Loan
  • Vice Directors: Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Hien, Associate Professor Dr. Bui Hoai Son, Associate Professor Dr. Lương Hồng Quang
  1. Functional Offices
  • Office of Science-International Collaboration
  • Office of Training
  • Office of Information-Library
  • Office of Finance
  • Office of Administration-Organization
  1. Professional Departments
  • Department of Cultural Policies and Development
  • Department of Cultural Heritage Studies
  • Department of Ecological Culture and Tourism Studies
  • Department of Foreign Culture and Arts Studies
  • Department of Theoretical and Historical Studies of Culture and Arts
  • Department of Arts Studies
  • Department of Family Culture Studies
  • Center of Cultural Heritage Data
  • Center of Public Opinions on Culture, Sports and Tourism
  1. Organizations Directly under the Institute
  • Scientific Committee
  • Sub-Institute of Culture and Arts in Huế City
  • Sub-Institute of Culture and Arts in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Journal of Cultural Studies
  1. Personnel

Currently, VICAS has one professor, twelve associate professors, and thirteen doctors with their majors in cultural study, cultural heritage study, cultural sociology, folklore, cultural management, fine arts study, or theater study. They are well qualified for instructing and supervising PhD programs and conducting research projects.

Major Activities

For many years, VICAS has been one of Vietnam’s leading institutions in theoretical research and cultural policy development. It participated in the development of National Decisions 5 (the Eighth Session), in the conclusion of the ten-year implementation of National Decisions 5, and in the design of a national cultural development strategy in 2010 as well many other important theoretical issues and policies of the Vietnamese government.

The institute has built three successful UNESCO Cultural Heritage candidature files: The Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Vietnam (2005), Quan Họ Bắc Ninh Folk Songs (2009) and The Gióng Festival of Phù Đổng and Sóc Temples (2010); The Worship of Hùng Kings in Phú Thọ (2012); and Ví and Giặm Folk Songs of Nghệ Tĩnh (2014).

VICAS has carried out four scientific projects at the state level and many projects at ministry, province, and city levels. The institute also directs and monitors the National Target Program on collection, safeguarding, and promotion of intangible culture heritage. Through this program, thousands of items of intangible cultural heritage all over Vietnam have been collected, safeguarded, and promoted, and a number of items of intangible cultural heritage have been saved from the risk of disappearance or loss. Several research projects on issues relating to rural and urban culture and cultural change under the impacts of modernization and globalization have been carried out, resulting in publications and management strategies for application in the field.

VICAS has the largest doctoral program in the field of culture, sports, and tourism in Vietnam. In the course of just over a decade, more than a hundred VICAS doctoral candidates have successfully defended their work, representing an outstanding achievement of Vietnamese higher education and providing an important intellectual resource with tremendous potential for contribution to the cultural development of the country.

VICAS has collaborated on research projects and graduate training programs with many international institutions, including Temple University in Philadelphia, University of Toronto, University of South Australia, China Institute of Arts, and Korea Institute of Culture and Tourism.

Contact Information (Organization)
Address 32 Hao Nam street, Dong Da ward, Hanoi
Tel (84-4) 38569162 | (84-4) 35111095
Fax (84-4) 35116415

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