The proposal submitted by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten took 2nd prize in the international competition. On behalf of the Vietnamese government and subsidized by the World Bank, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Ministry of Culture in the German Federal State of Hessen, the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) will be built on a 50-hectare plot of land 50 kilometers northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in a rapidly growing area with industrial complexes and housing projects. Based on leading international universities, the new campus in Vietnam will be built with approx. 5,000 students in mind and boast facilities for teaching and research, sport and welfare, a science center, and student and staff accommodation. Covering a total surface area of approx. 330,000 m², the buildings will be built in two stages. The KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten design creates a state-of-the-art learning environment as well as places for interaction and communal living. The campus design is based on three aspects, which at the same time stand out for a holistic structure:
1. community and collaboration: The student dwellings, which are located at irregular intervals in the natural surroundings, are conceived as places with central plazas and create an environment for social interaction and communication.
2. Nature and open space: The campus buildings are positioned in an extensive area of nature. The greened open spaces are intended to enable students to relax and promote an appreciation of the environment as a valuable resource.
3. Creative thinking and intellectual cooperation: The main university complex embraces six university buildings with a library and study room. They are configured around a central plaza and form the heart of the campus university. As a public area the campus plaza is intended to promote collaboration and interaction.