New University of Science and Technology (USTH) in Vietnam in partnership with France

Saturday - 03/07/2010 22:17

This discussion was a carryover of their previous meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, in June 2008, at which time Nguyen Thien Nhan asked for France’s help for the creation of a world-class science university. The French minister tentatively gave her nod to the proposal and asked for a project feasibility study to be done. She also pointed out that France was in a position to host 2,000 Vietnamese doctoral candidates in its higher education institutions from 2009 to 2019, in support of Vietnam’s programme to train 20,000 doctoral candidates over 10 years, 10,000 of whom would do their thesis work abroad. The ministers stated that pursuant to the feasibility study, six multi-disciplinary science themes were selected: biotechnology and pharmacology; aeronautics and space; energy; information and communications technology (ICT); materials science and nanotechnology; environment-water-oceanography.

Valérie Pécresse announced that over thirty French higher education institutions had gotten together to form a consortium in order to study out and detail what contribution France could make toward the setting up of this university, notably in the areas of governance and curriculum content. The minister also emphasized the need to contribute to the academic training of Vietnam’s scientific elite, in order to guarantee the sustainability of academic and scientific interchange between the two countries. She stressed the “win-win” aspect of this scientific project for France’s own research teams, already very present in Vietnam, that will benefit from the go-getter spirit manifested by this emerging nation while disseminating France’s influence in it.

October 16, 2009