Priority to strengthen the Knowledge and Technology transfer in Vietnam (VETEC project)

“How to apply the knowledge and technology transfer into Vietnamese universities adapting to the market’s need and to orientate the scientists and professors the updated technologies in the world to catch up with essential research trend are more crucial than ever in Vietnam” Assoc. Prof. Huynh Quyet Thang, HUST Vice President said in VETEC Kick-off Meeting and Network Meeting organized on May 24th 2017 at HUST.

Develop the education consortium in enhancing the Knowledge and Technology Transfer capacities in Vietnam

Vietnamese – European Knowledge and Technology Transfer Education Consortium (VETEC) is an EU – funded project in Erasmus + Key Action 2 framework for the period of 03 years. It is aimed at unlocking the Vietnamese knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) potential by creating leadership and strengthening management and educational capacities in the field of KTT in Vietnamese HEIs. With the co-funding from EU, the project will get the support of 712,014 Euros (about 17.5 billion Vietnam dong). VETEC expects to improve international KTT capacities of the participating Vietnamese and European HEIs in the project and to strengthen its cooperation approaches on KTT in EU and Vietnam as well.

 The VETEC has 03 partners from different European regions: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – North West – Belgium, TU Dresden (TUD) Central Germany and Aveiro University (AU) – South West – Portugal. Interestingly, it also has a good geographical partners spreading in Vietnam: North (Hanoi University of Science and Technology), Central (Hue University) and South (Can Tho University).

On May 24th 2017, VETEC project was officially launched at Hanoi University of Science and Technology campus by the VETEC Kick-off Meeting with the participants of all project partners, associate partners and witness of Mr. Antonio Recca, Head of Finance and Contract, EU Delegation in Vietnam.

Assoc. Prof. Huynh Quyet Thang, Vice President of Hanoi University of Science and Technology said “Knowledge and Technology transfer is not only a hot topic in universities but also concerns which attracted much attention from policy makers, enterprises and other stakeholders. HUST appreciated the success of VETEC project proposal submission to EACEA and great contribution in developing the work packages from partner universities and especially from VUB – VETEC coordinator in Belgium. By this chance, he also would like to thank for the support from EU in Erasmus + to provide more chances for exchange and sharing our mutual experiences to build more capacities for universities”.

Prof. Thomas Cripseels, Coordinator of TACTIC project, said “based on the VETEC activity framework, partners have implemented the KTT need analysis in Vietnamese university partners. All expect to develop the suitable training programs for different levels of KTT leadership to be aligned with the realistic needs of each partner. We trust that our Vietnamese universities with innovation and research potential will try their best to come for the success of VETEC.”

Update and share the KTT trends to enhance KTT capacities in Vietnam,

In the series of 3 networking events of project, the first VETEC Network Meeting “How to enhance the Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Vietnam” was organized to develop the first consortium in Vietnam with European partners on same day with Kick-off Meeting of May 24th 2017 at HUST.

With the participation of more than 50 scientists, professors, policy makers and industries, Mr. Geert Bansintjan, Counselor, Head of Cooperation, Belgium Embassy in Vietnam delivered his opening remark that “Capacity building for innovation in a mindset change that defines the future.” And “universities are in the first place the instruments for imbibing the country, the society, the young people with one of the most important good practices, shared the knowledge and tools to use this knowledge in day to day life.” Furthermore, “this VETEC project with support of all partners and stakeholders can be a stepping stone for a change in society”.

The Network meeting shared the KTT models from European partners and need analysis results in Vietnamese universities on Knowledge and Technology transfer. The participants also discussed on how to enhance the capacities of KTT in Vietnam. The round-table on the KTT experience topic was actively discussed and shared by 05 European – Vietnamese partners, and guest speakers with participants.

The networking was ended up by the tours from Center in School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, HUST to BKHoldings (associate partner in VETEC) to see more current status of the technology transfer in universities and learn more about innovation models in Vietnam.

VETEC project will be implemented from Oct 2015 – Oct 2019. The results of the VETEC will be applied in developing the training and education in Knowledge and Technology transfer in future.

HUST appointed as President of ASEA-UNINET (2017-2019)

From 17 to 20 July 2017, the Plenary Meeting of ASEA-UNINET (Asean-European Academic University Network) took place in University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria. At the invitation of ASEA-UNINET Executives, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Quyet Thang led HUST delegation to attend the Plenary Meeting and officially visited some Austrian partner universities.

In the framework of ASEA-UNINET, the Plenary Meeting 2017 with the theme “Sustainability” officially took place from 17 to 20 July 2017 in Graz, Austria with the participation of more than 110 representatives from member universities, OeAD & EU organizations. The Plenary Meeting also greeted the presence of Ambassadors of some ASEAN countries to Austria: Indonesia, Phillipines, Vietnam.

At the Plenary Meeting, activity reports & proposals for future collaborations among ASEA-UNINET members were presented by ASEA-UNINET National Coordinator of each member country. Reports and reviews on European and Austrian Funding Schemes such as OeAD funded projects, Erasmus Plus, EURAXESS, Asia – European Collaboration Program 2014-2020, ASEAN – European Dialogue, … were presented by keynote speakers. Participants focused on group discussions, sharing the mutual interests and building joint collaborative proposals in sustainable focal areas including: Water Resource Management, Sustainable Manufacturing, State Governance and Economics, Society & Health.
Vietnamese Delegation attended ASEA-UNINET Plenary Meeting 2017

At the end of the plenary meeting, representatives from partner universities participated in an election for ASEA UNINET National Coordinator and the Network President.  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Quyet Thang, HUST Vice President was elected as ASEA-UNINET President and Assoc. Prof. Ngo Chi Trung was voted as Vietnam National Coordinator for the term 2017- 2019.

After the ASEA-UNINET Plenary Meeting, Assoc. Prof. Huynh Quyet Thang paid working visits to some close partner universities in Graz and Vienna including: Technical University of Graz, Vienna University of Technology (TUWien), University of Business Administration and Economics Wien (WU) and University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources (BOKU). During the visits to Austrian universities, many collaborations related to bilateral/ multi-lateral research projects, students and staff exchange programs, EU funded projects such as Erasmus Plus or Horizon 2020…were proposed and discussed in details.

Asean-European Academic University Network  (ASEA-UNINET)

The ASEAN European Academic University Network (ASEA-UNINET) is a network of universities, consisting of European and South-East Asian universities with the goal of promoting the continuous internationalization of education and research. The Network was established in 1994 and currently consists of over 90 member universities from 20 countries across the world. Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) has been active member of Asea-Uninet since its early establishment and is holding the position as Asea-Uninet President and National Coordinator for Vietnam.

HUST promotes cooperation with Northern European partners

August 28th – September 04th, 2017, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoang Minh Son, HUST President visited three countries (Finland, Denmark, Sweden) for further cooperation opportunities in the field of education during the accompanying trip of Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training in Northern Europe.

During the trip of MOET delegation and other Vietnamese universities led by Minister of Education and Training, Mr. Phung Xuan Nha, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoang Minh Son, HUST President visited Embassies, Ministries of Education, other related Ministries, and universities and training institutions in 3 Northern European countries.

In his working visit trip, the President effectively met and exchanged with the partner universities, new HEIs, R&D institutes and industries which have potentials in bilateral and multilateral cooperation  in future.On August 28, 2017, in signing ceremony of 18 other Vietnamese universities in Finland, Hanoi University of Science and Technology officially signed an MOU with Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) aiming at creating more research opportunities in the field of energy and environment.

Assoc. Prof. Hoang Minh Son joined Conference in Finland

During the visit to Sweden, as one of the long-time partner in the Erasmus Mundus (Lotus project) and Erasmus + scholarship program, HUST officially signed  a new general agreement with Uppsala University in order to focus more on double degree training program cooperation and student, staff exchange prioritizing for ELITECH program development on September 1, 2017.

Uppsala University is a leading research and first-class education institution in Sweden, both universities sent and received more than 10 academic staff, students who exchanged, studied academics and research from both sides’ mobility. One of the great achievements of this exchange is to bring back a new in-depth exchange programs, and further promoting cooperation in ELITECH model at HUST.

It is hoped that after the President’s visit, HUST will open more opportunities for cooperation with universities, industries and training organizations in Northwestern European countries.