Originally established in 1956 as the Vietnam School of Music and conferred university status in 1982, Vietnam National Academy of Music (VNAM) is Vietnam’s premier music training, research and performance institute. It offers eleven-year Secondary Certificate programs and four-year Bachelor of Music programs, plus two-year Master of Music programs and Doctoral research. The Academy currently has over 1,500 students at various levels. The Academy also functions as an important music performance centre, staging numerous concerts throughout the year in the Hanoi Academy of Music Concert Hall. It also participates in many exchange programs with overseas conservatories, sending its musical ensembles abroad to perform and teach and in turn host performance and teaching visits by many internationally-acclaimed orchestras and soloists.