Much of the scientific and technological research conducted at Vietnamese universities has been deemed by experts as inapplicable to the real-world.
This situation has been reported in Vietnam for many years and was compiled into a report presented at a conference for reviewing the sci-tech activities at technical universities from 2006-2010, in Hanoi on October 27.
Many technical universities in Vietnam have not yet poured necessary investment into improving materials, facilities and labs, which is among the reasons for their low-quality scientific research which doesn’t always meet international standards.
Much of the research doesn’t equate to being useful when compared to the actual research that is sought after or useful to the public. As a result, Vietnamese enterprises have leaned towards using foreign technology rather than local.
Addressing the conference, the Deputy Minister of Education and Training, Tran Quang Quy, said the ministry will increase investments in scientific research in a selected manner, focusing on feasible research.
He also urged universities to reform their sci-tech management and intensify cooperation with localities and enterprises to conduct more practical research. Universities are also advised to boost communication exchanges with one another as well as international cooperation.
According to the report, between 2006 and 2010, natural science and technical universities were assigned to fulfill 21 tasks affiliated with state-level scientific research programmes at an expense of VND51 billion (USD2.61 million) and carried out 11 the state-level independent research projects, costing VND14.25 billion (USD730,769). These projects were associated with postgraduate training, especially for doctorate research.
During the period, universities have also carried out 127 major research projects costing a total VND36.5 billion (USD1.87 million) for the Ministry of Education and Training and 1,026 others totaling VND66.67 billion (USD3.42 million).