The Launch of the CIS/IBO/WASC Self Study

Small blocks of Lego, engaged teachers and big ideas were the main components of the official roll-out of the CIS/WASC/IB Accreditation Self-study last Wednesday, September 19 on our UNIS campus. The Accreditation Steering Committee, made up of Co-Chairs Nitasha Chaudhuri and Tom Ryan, as well as the PYP, MYP and DP Programme Coordinators Josh Smith, Daniel Cooper and Elliott Cannell, respectively, captured the interest of over 180 teaches as they paralleled the upcoming Self-study with the highly successful endeavors of the world-renown The LEGO Group, whose own Self-study preserved a positive impact on their stakeholders and their wider community.

Using the Lego Story as an allegory to launch the Self-study this year at UNIS Hanoi, teachers D-12 sat in groups with handful of LEGO engaged in accreditation-related conversation, and created structures which were added to a mega-structure, symbolizing the vision and collegial collaboration required to embark on and complete the upcoming Self-Study at UNIS Hanoi. This will undoubtedly empower UNIS Hanoi to examine its core, see its worth, as excited ‘behind-the-scenes’ leaders will step up and take on exciting roles, so that our bricks at UNIS Hanoi continue to fit as flawlessly as possible.

Nitasha Chaudhuri
Lower ES Deputy Principal

Student Portraits and Class Photo Order

Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that Wednesday, October 3 is the deadline for placing your child’s portrait and class photos. All orders received by this date will be delivered to UNIS Hanoi on Tuesday November 13. Your child will bring the photos home.

You can order here using your child’s access code sent to you via email on Wednesday, September 19.

Any orders placed between October 3 – November 12 will be delivered at your home address starting November 26. And any orders placed after November 12 will be delivered 2 weeks afterwards. Home delivery is the only possible option for orders after October 3 and will involve delivery fee.

If you have any trouble viewing or accessing your child’s photos next Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact Picture Day team at

What if my child missed the student photo week?

A photo day will be scheduled in early April 2019 for all student who missed the photo week on August 27-31, 2018 or students who started school after August 31.



UNIS Hanoi Advancement Office

School Calendar – Next week’s events

We hope that you have all synced your calendars and are keeping up to date with all the events at UNIS Hanoi.

Please visit our Calendar page on the website for full details and instructions for syncing calendars with all devices and calendar soft wares and the quick links to update your devices.

Coming up for parents next week:

  • Monday, October 1: Community Meeting – Meet Epicure. Please read the article in this Tin Tuc to find out the details.
  • Monday, October 1: ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School/ASAs/UMA for Discovery to Grade 5 students)
  • Tuesday-Friday, October 2-5: Middle School Trip Week
  • Wednesday, October 3: High School Japan Parent Community Meeting
  • Thursday, October 4: High School Korean Parent Community Meeting
  • Friday, October 5: G3 Mathematics Coffee Morning with Parents

“I Live Green” Exhibition at UNIS Hanoi

UNIS Hanoi is pleased to announce the launch on Monday of “I Live Green,” a mobile exhibition on loan to us from the Vietnamese Women’s Museum. The exhibition is on display in the Centre for the Arts foyer from 24 Sept – 5 Oct. Captions are in both Vietnamese and English.
We are proud to be partnering with the Vietnamese Women’s Museum to host this exhibit which is a series of posters telling the story of neighbourhood empowerment teams in Hanoi and elsewhere who are taking simple and creative steps to save energy and water, reduce and recycle waste, and plant gardens. The exhibition highlights what Vietnamese people, young and old, and even those with few resources, are doing to “live green.”

We hope students, parents, staff, and faculty will enjoy this opportunity to be inspired by our host community’s sustainability efforts as we launch our own school initiatives to improve this year.

HIWC Call for Performers and Volunteers

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) annual Charity Bazaar which will take place on Sunday, November 18 at Starlake (nearby UNIS Hanoi in Tay Ho). The HIWC Bazaar is one of the largest family events in Hanoi with international food, shopping, and fun for all ages, raising an incredible amount of money for good causes. Tickets will be on sale soon and everyone is welcome to attend.

HIWC is also looking for performers (music, dance, and other talents!) and volunteers to support the event. If you have a talent to share, sign up HERE. If you have time to spare, sign up HERE. This year’s theme is “Travel the World and Celebrate,” something our diverse, multicultural community from around the globe can certainly contribute to!


Our Alumni

Nicolas-Kirti Scholtes (Class of 2006) just completed his PhD in Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain and Université de Namur with the thesis Interbank networks, macroprudential policy and financial stability. He has been researching since 2013 while working as a PhD Trainee at the European Central Bank.

Nicolas’ research interests lie at the intersection of network theory, financial stability and monetary policy. Most of his work features a strong computational dimension and can be found on his page. Nicolas also holds a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering with McGill University, Canada and a Masters of Science in Economics with Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

School Badges for MS and HS Students

In our ongoing efforts to continue to strengthen our security measures, beginning Monday, September 24, all MS and HS students will be required to have their badge to enter campus.

If a student arrives without his/her badge, they will be asked to wait until their enrolment is confirmed by their respective division before entering campus. As their card is needed for use in the canteen, library and for printer use, we hope all of our older students are already bringing their badge everyday. Those without a badge will not be allowed to enter gate 5 but will be asked to go to gate 1 for identity verification.

Our hope is to keep this as seamless as possible and not impact learning. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to roll out new efforts to keep our students safe.

UNIS Hanoi Administration

Campus Security and Community Events

At UNIS Hanoi we love creating events to connect our community, both parents at the school and the broader community. And we are also working hard to make sure that our families can enjoy the school campus as safely as possible.

This year we announced the start of our Community Campus Access programme, with the opening up of campus use for our families outside of school hours. And we have also stepped up our requirement for all adults to wear Campus Card ID badges.

Thank you for helping us keep our students and our campus safe!

This weekend is the first of the year when we have a number of large events happening on campus at the same time. We have a Varsity Volleyball Tournament on campus and also our Community Connections Fair which means we are expecting a significant number of external visitors on site.

Our security team will be working hard to keep you and our campus safe. Please be patient and please be reminded that the campus facilities are open for families at their own risk.

Happy Birthday UNIS Hanoi – Again!

September 19 was the first day of school for UNIS Hanoi in 1988.

We have come a long way since we welcomed 12 students into borrowed classrooms in a local High School with teachers on secondment from UNIS New York!

This week we took a moment to appreciate the endeavours of our founders and all those families that came before us and to watch this short film by our most recent graduating Scholar, Linh Nguyen who is certainly demonstrating our Vision in action – “to be an inspirational role model for a better world!

Discover the impact of our community’s investment in the Scholarship Fund by watching this short film, “Future Me…” , written by our 2018 graduating Scholar, Linh Vu Nguyen, to tell her story.  

Linh left Hanoi in early August to start a 4-year full scholarship at Vanderbilt University, USA.  She was the first recipient of the Bitexco Founders Scholarship at UNIS Hanoi. She plans to return to Vietnam after university to give a voice to the underprivileged children of Vietnam.

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to our Scholarship Fund over the last four years and helped us raise more than 630,000 USD to support our Scholarship Programme.

Last Call – Sustainability Committee

Want to help make UNIS Hanoi a more sustainable school? Join our sustainability committee to make this a reality.

What is a Sustainable School? A Sustainable School is a school that practices and models sustainability in all aspects of its mission, governance, operation, its engagement and relationship with the outside community, and of course, its curriculum, teaching and learning processes. In all its essence and practice, a sustainable school is focused on improving all aspects of student learning with a clear purpose towards effectively participating and contributing to a better and more sustainable future for humanity.

How can schools do this? As places of learning, schools can help students understand our impact on the planet and how to effectively address the challenges we face.  And as models of good practice, they can be places where sustainable living and working are demonstrated to young people and to other members of the school community. Solutions to the world’s current and future challenges may be found in our classrooms and schools.

This journey will need input and ideas from all members of our community: teachers, staff, parents, and students. We will have an information session for anyone that is interested in learning more on Thursday, September 27 at 16.00 in the B7 Community Room. Please contact Misty Shipley, Director of Finance and Operations ( to RSVP to the meeting.