Promoting Vietnamese Intellectual Resources in UK And Ireland
Since its establishment three years ago, the Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the United Kingdom and Ireland (VIS UK&Ireland) successfully organized many seminars and events on science and work.
They help young members in scientific research and finding research funds in the UK, as well as connecting and building relations between Vietnam, the UK and Ireland.
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Huan, chairman of the Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the United Kingdom and Ireland, said that VIS was established in December 2020 with the support of the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK and Ireland, recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam.
|State President Vo Van Thuong presents souvenirs to Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Huan, chairman of the Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the United Kingdom and Ireland, on May 5, 2023 in London. Photo: VAUK|
From about 40 initial members, up to now, VIS UK&Ireland has more than 120 members, including 14 professors, 35 associate professors, the rest are senior lecturers, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows working in more than 30 professions (finance, banking, technology, law, journalism, environment, education) at nearly 70 universities in the UK and Ireland.
VIS Executive Board consists of the Chairman, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Huan, Middlesex University London, the two Vice Chairmans are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doan Xuan Vinh, University of Warwick and Dr. Dang Que Anh, Conventry University, and eight other members working in schools in all parts of the UK and Ireland.
The Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the United Kingdom and Ireland is also honored to have Prof. Jonathan Van-Tam, a British-Vietnamese, known for his scientific and leadership achievements during the Covid-19 period as Honorary President.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam made many contributions through lectures and annual sharing.
In addition, the Advisory Board of VIS UK&Ireland are Ambassadors and former Ambassadors of Vietnam to the UK and Ireland, acting as a direct information channel to connect VIS with the departments, sectors and the Government of Vietnam.
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Huan said "Many VIS professors and associate professors have high scientific standing and prestige in the UK and Ireland. Through this, VIS has the opportunity to participate in exchanges and dialogues with leaders of the State, Government and ministries of Vietnam.
Our goal is to build a strong intellectual community, the forerunners with experiences will share with the followers. This is supported by young members, so the number of members increased sharply since its establishment."
VIS cooperated with the Embassy of Vietnam, other associations and groups in the UK and Ireland to organize events and community activities.
Its role is growing stronger, although the establishment time is not long, mostly during the Covid-19 period.
VIS strives to promote the connection and development of the Vietnamese community in the UK and Ireland, organizing practical activities, such as mentoring young people, especially PhD students.
|The Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the United Kingdom and Ireland organized academic exchanges and celebrated the Lunar New Year 2023 at Oxford University. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Huan|
Developing cooperation and relationships
In 2023, the Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the United Kingdom and Ireland will carry out a number of outstanding activities towards Vietnam.
Specifically, since March 2023, VIS UK&Ireland implemented the Coffee Talk Program to share the latest technology and research. The program is held every two weeks, and will be held once a month from September 2023.
VIS just organized a special event "50 Years and Beyond: Vietnam-UK Partnership in Innovation and Education" on June 19 in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United Kingdom. They also launched the program to assist and develop Vietnamese talents (VIS MTD).
The VIS MTD program will help 100 young Vietnamese cadres and PhD students under Project 89.
These activities will include mentoring (1-1 or for small groups), four workshops on research publication, research funding, career development, and support for Project 89 PhD students to go to the UK.
The VIS UK&Ireland also creates opportunities for excellent mentees to exchange in the UK.
Chairman of the Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the United Kingdom and Ireland Nguyen Xuan Huan hopes that through the above specific activities, the great potential for educational cooperation between Vietnam and the UK or Ireland will be effectively utilized.
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