HCM CITY (VNS) — Nearly 100 researchers in Viet Nam and from the UK have had a four-day meeting starting on February 17 in HCM City in the Researcher Links Programme, the latest initiative by the British Council, to connect international researchers early in their career.
In Viet Nam, the programme aims to equip early-career researchers with important tools to source funding for their research and to enhance international collaboration activities.
The programme kicked off with two workshops on enhancing vaccine design and delivery strategies and on recent advances and development in communications systems.
These were followed by a policy dialogue in which participants were invited to join a discussion on developing a tripartite link between government, research institutes and industries for sustainable development.
The dialogue focussed on the role of industry and IP issues in research commercialisation, different science and innovation funding sources that support science and innovation and a broader picture of the science and technology landscape in Viet Nam.
International research collaboration is essential for the global knowledge economy, Chris Brown, country director of British Council Viet Nam, said and added that it has been shown that internationally mobile researchers tend to be more productive.
Moreover, a shared research interest can help to build trust and relationships between people from very different backgrounds and cultures, he said.
Viet Nam has identified science and technology to be one of the key players in the socio-economic development, he said.
In the National Strategy on Science and Technology 2011-2020, biotechnology and ICT are identified among five priority technology strands, he added.
The Researcher Links workshops in Viet Nam attracted academics from renown British institutions such as the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. — VNS