On September 13, 2023, the representatives from the ISIMA Engineering School paid a visit to USTH and held a working session with the USTH Rector Board. During the meeting, both parties reached agreements on several important points, laying the groundwork for a collaborative partnership in training and research between the two institutions.
Welcoming the ISIMA delegation were Prof. Jean-Marc Lavest – Principal Rector; Assoc. Prof. Tran Dinh Phong – Vice Rector; Mr. Luc Le Calvez – Director of Research, Innovation, and Technology Transfer; Dr. Tran Giang Son – Co-Director of Information and Communication Technology Department. Representing ISIMA were Prof. Farouk Toumani – Director, and Prof. Nguyen Viet Hung – Head of the International Cooperation Department.
ISIMA is an engineering school specializing in Computer Science under University of Clermont Auvergne INP. On June 22, 2023, USTH signed an MOU with University of Clermont Auvergne INP, in which the two universities agreed to collaborate in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Energy. The cooperation encompasses various initiatives including exchange programs for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students, as well as lecturers; opportunities for internships, visits, and joint degree programs; joint research projects and co-organizing conferences, and international seminars.
The visit of the ISIMA delegation was within the framework of the signed MOU. At the meeting, Prof. Jean-Marc Lavest extended his warm welcome to the delegation from ISIMA and expressed his anticipation for enhanced cooperation between the two institutions, particularly due to the shared strengths of ISIMA and USTH in training and research within the Information Technology field.
The representatives from USTH provided a concise overview of the training and research activities of USTH, with a specific focus on the Department of Information and Communication Technology. Prof. Farouk Toumani, Director, and Prof. Nguyen Viet Hung also highlighted the strengths in the training and research of ISIMA. Based on this, both parties discussed the potential for collaboration in training and research within the field of ICT. This includes academic exchange activities for lecturers and master’s students; 4-6 month internships for students, possibilities of collaboration in establishing a double degree program in ICT, co-supervision of doctoral students, and joint research projects.
Both parties also reached an initial agreement to implement exchange and internship programs between USTH and ISIMA. It is expected that there will be 04 scholarships available for ISIMA’s 4th and 5th year engineering program students to participate in an exchange program for one semester in the master’s program in ICT at USTH; and 02 internship scholarships in strong research groups at USTH for ISIMA students.
The meeting between ISIMA and USTH concluded, opening up many opportunities for cooperation in training and research between the two institutions.