The Vietnamese-German University was founded in 2008. After having signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" in May 2007 in presence of the then German Federal President Dr. Horst Köhler and the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh Triet, the joint project was realized.
By passing the "Joint Declaration on the Cooperation for the Establishment of the Vietnamese-German University", signed by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts (HMWK) in Hanoi in March 2008, VGU was founded officially. Nominated its first president was Prof. Dr. Wolf Rieck, then President of the University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt/Main.
Only six months later, in September 2008, VGU opened its doors. The opening ceremony was accompanied by the then Hessen State Premier, Roland Koch, the Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training and Deputy Prime Minister, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, and Prof. Dr. Wolf Rieck, President of VGU.
Since its foundation in 2008 VGU has progressed significantly. The university offers excellent study programs and research projects in the field of High-Tech Engineering and Sustainable Development. Given the mission by the Vietnamese government VGU is heading towards its goal of becoming the leading research-oriented university in Vietnam and the region.