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Closer links needed between Vietnamese universities and industries

Update: November, 28/2014 - 17:26
Students learn how to use IT machines at Vietnamese-German Vocational College in northern Vinh Phuc Province. — VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Closer co-operation between universities and industries is needed to further promote human resource training and innovative research in Viet Nam, participants at a recent conference here said.

Pham Hoang Luong, vice president of the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology, explained that apart from carrying out their traditional teaching and research activities as generators of public knowledge, many universities in Viet Nam have started undertaking a more direct interaction with and contribution to the industry.

They could provide industries with well-trained graduates and basic and applied research results from which new products and processes may evolve.

In return, universities could obtain from industries significant benefits such as additional new investment resources through industrially sponsored research which will enable university researchers and students to work on and study problems in the real world, Luong said.

Professor Pasi Malinen of the University of Turku in Finland suggested that Vietnamese universities take advantage of collaboration with industries.

He revealed that in Finland, closer co-operation with industries, which included research funding and sponsorship of research centres and researchers, benefited universities there.

Petrus Ng, BASF Vietnam managing director, said that in a highly diversified and globalised international network, new ideas were generated and new impulses were given to research.

"This is why we involve external partners in our innovation processes and maintain numerous contacts with businesses and universities and their graduates," he told Viet Nam News.

Education and training are also important factors for the future success of BASF, he said, adding that his company's demand for skilled employees would continue to increase in the foreseeable future as a result of demographic changes, especially in the fields of technology and production.

"Together with our educational institute and university partners around the globe, we are working in many different disciplines that will support us to achieve our ambitious growth target based on innovations," the BASF managing director explained.

Earlier this year, BASF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ha Noi University of Science and Technology on co-operation to promote sustainable development that balanced scientific research and innovation with economic, environmental and social needs.

The company will also provide information about BASF scholarship and career opportunities to students while promoting research opportunities towards the faculty members. — VNS

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