Vietnamese Intellectual Society in UK Enhances Scientific Collaboration

The Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the UK and Ireland (VIS) plays a vital role in enhancing bilateral relations to unprecedented levels, securing funding for research, science, and technology projects from the British Government.

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The Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the UK and Ireland (VIS) will contribute to the development of strategic policies in Vietnam while actively enhancing bilateral relations and attracting UK Government-funded projects in research and science-technology fields, according to the Chairman of VIS, Prof. Nguyen Xuan Huan as reported by VNA.

During the VIS Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Judge Business School under the University of Cambridge on February 17, Huan emphasized that VIS, comprised of professors, doctors, and scientists working in various fields in the UK and Ireland, is ready to provide counsel to the Vietnamese Government in formulating context-specific policies.

In addition, he emphasized the significance of aligning with global technological trends.

At the Lunar New Year gathering at Westminster College. Photo: VNA

Last year, VIS played a significant role in facilitating educational collaboration between Vietnam and the UK through a mentoring program sponsored by the British Council.

Through this initiative, VIS professors directly mentored and advised nearly 100 young lecturers from 50 Vietnamese universities, assisting them in skill development, including publishing studies and international scientific articles, forming research groups, and establishing internationally accredited laboratories.

In addition to contributing to Vietnam-UK cooperation activities, VIS serves as a supporter and connector for Vietnamese intellectuals in the UK and Ireland, fostering a strong, unified Vietnamese intellectual community across both countries.

VIS Executive Committee at the annual meeting. Photo: VNA

An outstanding initiative of VIS in fostering member connection is the Coffee Talk event, an online-themed discussion platform where members across the UK share insights and experiences on scientific research activities, professional expertise, and soft skills. In 2023, VIS organized 13 Coffee Talk sessions featuring speakers from various fields.

With diverse activities, VIS continues to attract more members. Last year alone, VIS admitted over 60 new members, increasing its total membership to 154. These members include professors, associate professors, senior lecturers, and Vietnamese researchers studying or working at over 60 universities in the UK and Ireland.

Many of these members are professors and doctors who have achieved remarkable scientific accomplishments, receiving prestigious international awards such as Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh from University College London, winner of the 2023 Thomas Graham Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry; Dr. Pham Minh Son from Imperial College London, winner of the 2024 Young Innovator in the Materials Science of Additive Manufacturing Award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society; and Dr. Kelly Nguyen from the University of Cambridge, winner of the 2024 Colworth Medal awarded by the Biochemical Society.

VIS’s initiatives also extend to the launch of the Mentorship and Talent Development (MTD) program at the National Economics University in Hanoi in 2022, aimed at supporting talented students. Additionally, VIS collaborates with the British Council to connect researchers from both countries.

The AGM, an annual event, serves as a platform for VIS to review past activities and chart its course for the future.

Following the meeting, VIS partnered with the Vietnamese Student Association in Cambridge to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Westminster College, University of Cambridge.

This event provides an opportunity for the Vietnamese student community in Cambridge and Vietnamese intellectuals in the UK and Ireland to share and preserve traditional values, look forward to the country in the first days of the new year, and simultaneously promote the beauty of Vietnamese culture to British and international friends.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long speaks at the Lunar New Year gathering at Westminster College. Photo: VNA

Speaking at the event, the Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long happily celebrated the Vietnamese traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) with the students and intellectual community in Cambridge, the UK, and Ireland.

Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long appreciated VIS’s activities in the past year, especially its contributions to his homeland as well as to the relationship between the two countries.

The diplomat hopes that VIS members as well as students and graduate students at the University of Cambridge will act as ambassadors connecting educational cooperation between Vietnam and the UK.

Hannah Nguyen