|A research facility at the Institute for Nanotechnology of the Việt Nam National University HCM City. — Photo courtesy of VNUHCM|
HCM CITY – The Việt Nam National University HCM City (VNUHCM) will continue to allocate funds for key scientific and technological activities this year.
At its annual conference to review its activities in 2018 and discuss plans for 2019, the VNUHCM said it would also continue to focus on technology transfer and commercialisation of research outcomes.
Since 2013 it has earned VNĐ200 billion (US$8.6 million) a year from such transfers.
It has patented 155 inventions and published 3,675 articles in international journals, including 2,198 in the Science Citation Index and Science Citation Index Expanded journals.
This year it will focus on upgrading its stem cell lab into a key national lab.
It has 45 training programmes accredited by the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA), which is the ASEAN quality assurance network for higher education. AUN-QA has the responsibility to promote quality assurance in higher education institutions, raise the quality of higher education and collaborate with both regional and international bodies for the benefit of the ASEAN community.
Nine of the VNUHCM’s training programmes meet European and US standards.
New training programmes
The VNUHCM plans to increase the number of programmes and majors for bachelor degrees to 197 in this year from 189 last year.
Its University of Social Sciences and Humanities will have two new majors, information administration and Vietnamese studies for Vietnamese students. It already offers a degree in Vietnamese studies that is open only to foreigners.
The university plans to begin a new “high-quality” training programme in tourism management.
Its School of Medicine will set up maxillo-facial and nursing faculties.
Its branch in the Mekong Delta province of Bến Tre will have three new faculties offering courses in infrastructure works monitoring and maintenance, quality assurance and food safety and renewable energy.
An Giang University in the delta province of the same name is expected to become a member of the VNUHCM this year. – VNS