The Vietnamese Party and State always place science and technology a top priority, seeing the sector as the driving force behind the country’s development.
The remark was made by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a meeting in Hanoi on December 31, which reviewed what the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has done in 2009 and considered its plans for the next year.
The academy has made practical contributions to the national socio-economic development, affirmed the PM while speaking highly of achievements made by the academy’s staff during 2009.
He asked the academy to take initiative in proposing research projects for the development of the country and take advantages of external resources to turn the academy into the largest and most efficient research facility in Vietnam .
According to Professor-Doctor Chau Van Minh, president of the academy, the academy now boasts 24 research institutes with nearly 230 professors and associate professors, more than 670 doctors and almost 600 masters. It has carried out 66 state-level scientific research projects and announced nearly 1,300 scientific works this year, particularly the mathematical paper done by Professor Ngo Bao Chau that was selected by Times magazine as one of the world’s top 10 scientific achievements in 2009./.