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Nation's scientific, research institutes make progress

Update: August, 13/2012 - 09:33

HCM CITY — Although the Government has invested a great deal in science, technology and education, an outdated financial system has limited development of these sectors.

"The Government would like to boost development of science-technology and education. These top institutes and universities are very important and they have received the biggest investment in the sectors for the last five years," deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said, speaking at a Saturday's conference on investment and development of top institutes and universities in HCM City.

Nhan was referring to the Viet Nam Science and Technology Institute (VSTI), the Viet Nam Social Sciences Institute (VSS), Viet Nam National University HCM City (VNU-HCM City) and Viet Nam University Ha Noi (VNU-Ha Noi).

Thanks to investment, in 2011 VSTI and these two universities were listed among the top 3,000 research facilities in the world for the first time, and this year, VNU – Ha Noi was listed as one of 250 modern universities in Asia.

These four units have 30 per cent of the country's doctoral candidates (2,489), and have a total of 829 professors.

They play an important role in natural and social sciences and development of technology based on national trends. They offer scientific theories in setting up national socio-economic master plans and strategies; and foster high-quality human resources.

However, the number of their research and training projects is very small in comparison with their regional and international counterparts. There is also a limited number of subjects that have training meeting international standards.

"There is no sudden solution in attracting talented staff. Poor, outdated financial management has limited development, and there are not many directives from the Government to solve the major problems of the national socio-economy," Huynh Van Dat, deputy director of VNU – HCM City, said.

The four units asked the deputy Prime Minister to expand their rights in financial management, including the management of finance and payments based on productivity.

They also would like the head of each academic unit to have the right to determine the levels of salaries for staff, based on their productivity, and to have more money to support co-operation agreements between scientists and business people.

"We'd like to make our own financial decisions even in international co-operation," Dat added.

He said a Research Centre on Excellence should be established to create top technology products as well as offer consultation on national policy to develop high-quality human resource training and high-tech development.

At the conference, the four academic units signed a co-operation agreement to train high-quality human resources, implement scientific study, develop new technology, create competitive factors, and solve challenges in economic and social development. — VNS

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