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Vietnam to focus on building AI research center

In the framework of the event ‘Connecting Vietnam Innovation Network 2018’, the Vietnam Innovation Network was launched yesterday, along with the dialogue between the stage government and scientists.

The Prime Minister and other participant in the announcement of the Vietnam Innovation Network. Photo by VGP.

The Prime Minister and other participant in the announcement of the Vietnam Innovation Network. Photo by VGP.

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung commented that in the past, thanks to their patriotism, many talented Vietnamese scientists like Tran Dai Nghia, Pham Ngoc Thach, Ton That Tung, Do Dac Di, Pham Huy Thong, and Nguy Nhu Kontum came back to serve their country after studying abroad. All of them wished to develop their own fatherland. 

At present, the state government and the Central Party continuously foster the task of building the high-quality human resources and attracting talented people, especially scientists and scholars from all over the world.

“The Vietnam Innovation Network at the moment has over 100 members who are scientists and technological experts working and studying abroad. All ministries and state offices are always willing to listen to their recommendations so that an innovative ecosystem might be formed as soon as possible”, insisted Minister Dung after showing his laud to these talented people and his hope for a more prosperous nation in the near future.

The government will create advantageous conditions for young scientists to live and work comfortably in Vietnam. Simultaneously, Vietnamese businesses will try their best to collaborate with them to take full advantage of all opportunities brought by the new era.

Dr. Bui Hai Hung, senior scientific researcher from Google Deepmind (the USA) shared that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is very promising and profitable in the future. Yet there is not any renowned Vietnamese scientist of the field, which is a great pity.

He, therefore, suggested that Vietnam should focus more on building an AI research center, training the suitable human resources for the field. It is also necessary that Vietnam pay more attention to cloud computing.

According to Associate Professor cum Doctor Ho Anh Van from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), the secret formula for a success of the Vietnam Innovation Network would be a combination of ability, enthusiasm, and critical thinking. This calls for specific policies from the government as well as the readiness of related intellectuals.

Guest speaker Tran Van Hinh, member of the Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts in France, also commented that to be successful, it is necessary to let culture become the foundation of a human – human connection, and national pride become the motive for all activities.

This program, taking place from August 18 – 24, 2018, is co-held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education and Training, as well as related organizations and the local authorities of many areas in Vietnam. The core participants of the event are 100 young Vietnamese people working abroad in the field of science and technology.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc led the dignitaries who attended.

By ANH PHUONG – Translated by Yen Nhi

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