|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the event. — Photo vietq
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has urged the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) to reform management and implement policies to promote scientific and technogical research.
Speaking at a ceremony in Ha Noi yesterday to mark VAST's 40th founding anniversary, Dam asked the academy to undertake more scientific tasks at a national level.
Dam said he hoped the academy would continue contributing to the country's industrialisation and modernisation.
The academy has 51 affiliates with more than 4,000 staff, of whom 750 have PhDs or doctorates.
According to Professor Chau Van Minh, President of VAST, the academy led the country's basic research in 2014, publishing 35 books and obtaining patents for 13 inventions.
VAST also led many key projects, such as building the Viet Nam Aerospace Centre and capturing and storing images from the satellite VNREDSAT 1 to be used in national security and defence.
VAST is also behind successes in many other sectors, including medicine and agriculture.
A Governmental agency, it evolved from the Viet Nam Academy of Science set up in 1975.
VAST studies natural sciences and develops technologies based on key orientations by the State. — VNS