New project to tap sci-tech potential of overseas Vietnamese

15:02 | 25/09/2018 Science - Technology

(VEN) - A newly launched program aims to tap the expertise of thousands of overseas Vietnamese working in scientific research centers, transnational companies and international organizations in order to boost their homeland’s technological development.

new project to tap sci tech potential of overseas vietnamese
Overseas Vietnamese have contributed to the country's socioeconomic development

“The new network will enable Vietnamese experts working in technologically advanced countries to assist their home country in preparing for the fourth industrial revolution,” Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on August 19 at the launch of the Vietnam Innovation Network in Hanoi.

Over 100 Vietnamese scientists and tech experts living overseas as well as hundreds of their peers in Vietnam participated in the weeklong event.

PhamMinh Chinh, head of the Central Organizing Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam and member of the Party Secretariat, expressed high regard for the network and its role in Vietnam’s push for “comprehensive development.” Two landmark Politburo resolutions have embraced overseas Vietnamese as an inseparable part of the national community.

Several Vietnamese scientists working overseas spoke at the launch and proposed ways for Vietnam to take advantage of advanced technologies, adopt new market approaches and attract venture capitalists from around the world.

Dr. Bui Hai Hung, a researcher at Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) company DeepMind, said many top AI experts of Vietnamese origin work across the world, but Vietnam has yet to put itself on the map in this area. He urged Vietnam to establish an AI Center, develop IT infrastructure and invest in training programs for cloud computing.

Associate Professor Ho Anh Van, who works in Japan, noted that many Vietnamese teach or research in top Japanese universities, or work for top tech firms. This network would enable them to help transfer technology back to their home country, he added.

The Vietnam Innovation Network 2018 is a joint project of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education and Training.

According to the State Commission on Overseas Vietnamese under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about 4.5 million Vietnamese are living, studying and working in more than 110 countries and territories. Of these, about 400,000 are scientists and experts.

Truong Gia Binh, Chair of the Board of Directors of the FPT Corporation, said the company was willing to cooperate with outstanding overseas Vietnamese scientists and experts in research, development and technology in key fields, such as e-government, and smart medicine, transportation, finance and banking.

The Ministry of Science and Technology has pledged to create favorable conditions to help domestic organizations

invite overseas Vietnamese scientists and experts to participate in research and development activities. Overseas

Vietnamese have poured nearly US$4 billion into around 3,000 projects in Vietnam, and some 300 overseas

Vietnamese have come back to the country each year to lecture and participate in research projects.

Quynh Nga