Establishing VNUHCM Branch in Ben Tre
On 25th November, VNUHCM Council organized the second meeting in session IV. The council had a hearing on the conclusion report of the year 2016, and review of the VNUHCM activity plan for the yeat of 2017 and discussed Project Establishing Branch of VNUHCM.
Up 54 ranks higher than the former year
In this session, the personnel affairs of the Council of VNUHCM conducted as has been agreed on the number of members and committees in the first session on date 24/6. Accordingly, Prof. Dr. Tran Hong Quan, former Minister of Education and Training was appointed as Head of Strategy subcommittee; Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tan Phat, former Deputy Minister of Education and Training, former President of VNUHCM was appointed Head of Technical subcommittees; Mr. Tran Ba Duong, Chairman Board of JSC Truong Hai Auto was appointed Head of Finance Subcommittee.
The council also elected Ms. Ong Thi Ngoc Linh, Secretary of VNUHCM Youth Union council member and Mr. Pham Thanh Son, former Secretary of VNUHCM Youth Union to recess from the council. Dr. Nguyen Tan Phat, ViceDirector of VNUHCM-Department of Human Resources was elected secretary of the council.
According to the Report on the activities of VNUHCM, in 2016 VNUHCM achieved many positive achievements. On technology transfer, by the end of August 2016, VNUHCM had a turnover of 99.98 billion, 340 applications for registration of intellectual property including 113 shares granted monopoly protection. VNUHCM announced a total of 1,808 papers at conferences and international journals nationalwide. Of these, 205 articles are on the list of ISI. QS Asia ranked VNUHCM 147th in Asia, up 54 positions from 2015.
Regarding training, VNU has 45 internal evaluation programs, 30 AUN-QA external assessment programs, program evaluation ABET 2, 7 Benchmarking program CTI, 5 and 62 schools implementing industry the CDIO.
Integration of quality education
On orientation in 2017, VNUHCM will prioritize strategic deployment group 6 and 6 key programs include: model system administration; financial mechanism and resources development; education quality; Research efficiency; university urban area – the city of science; cooperation and integration development.
The activities will focus thematically on research capacity building for teachers and scientists; formation of teams of young potential researchers. VNUHCM will also mount collaborative research resources throughout the city, improving the admission affairs…
Mr. Tran Viet Thanh, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology said that, in 2017, activities of intellectual property and scientific publications of VNUHCM will have to improve on the overall and prove its capacity of a center for education, training and leading researchers in the country. The data from the intellectual property will indicate the trend in innovative technologies. China each year has more than a million patent applications, while Vietnam has only 600-700 patents, VNUHCM own more than 300 shares, but this is still a modest figure. VNUHCM have to be quick in commercializing ideas and researches as ideas when published through articles will not be protected anymore.
Professor Vu Dinh Thanh, Rector of VNUHCM-University of Technology suggested that against the pressure of comprehensive autonomy of universities in 2020, the members of the VNUHCM must review their resources, particularly the promotion of human resources.
Prof. Dr. Phan Thanh Binh, President of VNUHCM opined. Photos: Duc Loc
According to Dr. Phan Thanh Binh in 2017 VNU-HCM will face a shortfall of about 300 billion VND, so arises the need to identify additional viable and efficient sources . Referring to university rankings issue, he stressed: “VNUHCM must strive to stand on the top 100 Asian universities by 2020. That means in four years, VNU must pass 47 ‘competitors’. Who they are and what we must do to compete are questions that must be cleared”.
The Council discussed draft proposals to build a branch of VNU-HCM in Ben Tre. The members agreed that, university branching model has long appeared in the world and Vietnam also has 10 universities implementing on branching. VNUHCM has member universities and so should have an approriate distribution model. The council unanimously approved a resolution to be submitted to the relevant ministries for evaluation and approval.
The Council chose the theme of the year 2017 “Integration of quality education” and expected the third session will be held on May 6/2017.
Thai Viet – Duc Loc
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