Innovation programme kicks off

The event, titled Researcher Links 2015, is being co-organised by the British Council of Vietnam, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, and Newcastle University. 15 professors and scientists from 6 leading Vietnamese and UK universities of technology will join the workshop. The four-day seminar will introduce 24 researches and the latest technology on 3 main topics-industrial waste treatment, green energy conversion from chemical processes, and green chemistry and electrochemical process.. Newton Fund will also be introduced at the event. The new initiative is part of the science and technology development programme for the UK and Vietnam. The fund will aid research and innovation activities regarding health care and life science, environmental improvement and energy security, future city development and digital creativity. British Council Vietnam will run the Newton Fund with more than GBP3 million for the period 2014-2018.... [read more]

Vietnam is located in a relatively high-risk region for newly emerged and re-emerging infectious diseases. Costs for the treatment of infectious diseases have already burdened the country’s fragile healthcare system and the situation is worsening as antimicrobial resistance increases year after year. The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) -Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Infectious Diseases Partnership Initiative aims to provide substantive support for joint Vietnamese-UK researchers working in the area of infectious disease research. It is to deliver research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between scientists from Vietnam and the UK that will encourage the pursuit of shared research interests. Total funding for this initiative from both sides is £2.6million for up to 5 three-year projects (2016-2018). The Partnership Initiative is now calling for joint research proposals from the two countries. Research projects on antimicrobial resistance, vaccine development and malaria are particularly welcome and encouraged. Two of the most important assessment criteria are the project’s scientific quality and its potential to have a positive impact on poor and vulnerable communities in Vietnam. This Initiative is under the Newton Fund Vietnam. The Memorandum of Understanding of the Newton Fund Vietnam Programme was signed by MOST Minister Nguyen Quan and British Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever on 3 June 2015.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Fintech is not an easy playing field for startups, but the firms have been growing rapidly with capital from investment funds. Payoo has reported that the total transaction value in 2015 exceeded the $1 billion threshold. Other payment intermediaries such as Nganluong, MoMo, VTCPay and 123Pay estimated the transaction value of $50-150 million a year, mostly in payments for telecom fee, e-commerce, digital content services and online games. Fintech firms have been growing so rapidly that they have outdistanced commercial banks in some payment fields. A report of the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) HCMC Branch about electricity bill collection agents showed that Payoo has seen transaction value increasing rapidly in recent years, with value in 2015 increasing by 89 percent over 2014. In August 2016, the payment value through agents accounted for 44 percent of its total payment value (900,000 bills with total value of VND2.98 trillion). Fintech is not an easy playing field for startups, but the firms have been growing rapidly with capital from investment funds. Payoo led the partners with the value accounting for 8.36 percent, leaving ABBank, another partner behind with 4.27 percent, Sacombank 2.6 percent and Vietcombank 2.43 percent. The figure, in analysts’ eyes, means that cooperation between Japanese NTT Data and Vietnamese VietUnion, which owns Payoo, has been successful. With the one shop payment, Payoo is now leading the utilities services thanks to the large integrated network which connects banks, finance companies, insurers, service providers and retailers such as Aeon, Lotte,…... [read more]

City celebrates birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang - The Saigon Times Daily Douglas Barnes, British consul general in HCMC, delivers a speech at a ceremony to mark the 89th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II in HCMC’s District 1 on June 10 - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG The 89th birthday of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated at a ceremony at the City Friendship Hall in HCMC’s District 1 on June 10. Douglas Barnes, British consul general in HCMC, said that Vietnam remains one of the UK’s most important partners in Southeast Asia. Th e relationship between Vietnam and the UK has strengthened in all fi elds, with frequent high-level exchanges and cooperation in a wide range of sectors, from trade, economic, education, defense to anti-crime. In terms of trade and investment, Vietnam’s development off ers ample opportunities for UK companies while the UK is a great destination for Vietnamese people to visit, study and invest. Huynh Ngoc An, chairman of the Vietnam-UK Friendship Association, reviewed some developments in Vietnam-UK ties. Up to £10 million has been earmarked for the collaboration with Vietnam in the Newton Fund. Th e UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, British Embassy in Hanoi and Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) will coordinate and manage delivery of money. UK and Vietnamese partners such as British Council, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Council, Innovate UK, MOST, National Foundation for Science and Technology Development, among others will administer the…... [read more]

(VOVworld)- UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will discuss ways to further strengthen cooperation between the UK and Vietnam during his visit to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on April 12-13. A UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office press release said on Monday the visit offers an opportunity for the UK to increase collaboration on trade, investment, education, science and innovation with Vietnam, a country that has had remarkable achievements as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. The Foreign Secretary said the UK’s relationship with Vietnam spawns many sectors with bilateral trade more than doubling since 2010. However, there is still scope for British companies and products to increase their presence in the Vietnamese market, especially in infrastructure, advanced engineering, healthcare, energy, and financial services. According to Hammond, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), in particular, is expected to create huge opportunities to expand cooperation in trade and investment. He noted that the UK is actively supporting Vietnam’s education reform plans and collaborating on science and technology through the UK’s Newton Fund. In 2010, the UK became one of the first countries to establish strategic partnership with Vietnam. The Foreign Secretary is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Tuesday to discuss ways to enhance Vietnam-UK cooperation and address global challenges like climate change and illegal wildlife trafficking. He will later travel to Ho Chi Minh City to meet with British businesses operating in Vietnam.... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - On April 12-13, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is paying an official visit to Hanoi, aiming to discuss how to further strengthen cooperation between the UK and Vietnam. The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s press release on April 11 said the visit offers a good chance for the UK to increase collaboration on trade and investment, education, science and innovation with Vietnam, a country that has shown remarkable achievement as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. The Foreign Secretary said the UK’s relationship with Vietnam reaches across many sectors with bilateral trade more than doubling since 2010. However, there is still scope for British companies and products to increase their presence in the Vietnamese market, especially in sectors such as infrastructure, advanced engineering, healthcare, energy, and financial services, he said. According to Hammond, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), in particular, is expected to bring huge opportunities for the two countries to enhance cooperation in trade and investment. He noted that the UK is actively supporting Vietnam to implement education reform plans and collaborating on science and technology through the UK’s Newton Fund. In 2010, the UK became one of the first countries to sign an agreement to establish strategic partnership with Vietnam. In Hanoi, the Foreign Secretary will meet Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Apart from the enhancement of Vietnam-UK cooperation, they are to discuss how to work together to address joint global…... [read more]

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond intends to discuss how to further strengthen cooperation between the UK and Vietnam during his visit to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on April 12-13. The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s press release on April 11 said the visit offers a good chance for the UK to increase collaboration on trade and investment, education, science and innovation with Vietnam, a country that has shown remarkable achievement as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. The Foreign Secretary said the UK’s relationship with Vietnam reaches across many sectors with bilateral trade more than doubling since 2010. However, there is still scope for British companies and products to increase their presence in the Vietnamese market, especially in sectors such as infrastructure, advanced engineering, healthcare, energy, and financial services, he said. According to Hammond, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), in particular, is expected to bring huge opportunities for the two countries to enhance cooperation in trade and investment. He noted that the UK is actively supporting Vietnam to implement education reform plans and collaborating on science and technology through the UK’s Newton Fund. In 2010, the UK became one of the first countries to sign an agreement to establish strategic partnership with Vietnam. The Foreign Secretary is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi on April 12 where he will meet Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Apart from the enhancement of Vietnam-UK cooperation, they are to…... [read more]

No case of Zika virus reported in Vietnam No cases of the Zika virus have been recorded in Vietnam so far, the Preventive Medicine Department under the Ministry of Health said on February 27. The Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute reported that samples taken from dengue patients in 2015 tested negative for Zika. In early 2016, 83 patients from localities that have a high prevalence of Aedes mosquitoes – the main transmitter of the virus – with symptoms similar to Zika also tested negative for the virus, according to the institute. The department, however, warned that there was a high risk the virus could enter the country. The ministry will continue collecting samples from suspected cases in localities to detect the disease and prevent it from spreading. It advised pregnant women or those who want to get pregnant in the next six months not to travel to Zika-hit countries listed at the department’s website http:www.vncdc.gov.vn.. Travellers from Zika-striken countries should keep an eye on their health within 12 days since their arrival to Vietnam. They should go to medical facilities when they begin to experience unusual symptoms, the ministry said. People are recommended to use mosquito repellent and securely cover all containers of water to prevent mosquitoes from entering them and laying eggs. The ministry also set up a hotline on the Zika virus: 0989671115. Zika is mainly transmitted through the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which also carries dengue fever. The virus has been linked to microcephaly, a condition that…... [read more]

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho wants to deepen education cooperation with the UK through overseas study, student and lecturer exchanges, and establishment of research institutes. Receiving UK Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever on February 26th, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong said that the move will help the two sides boost bilateral collaboration in training and scientific research in fields of mutual concern. For his part, the ambassador highlighted that the UK always pays attention to fostering education cooperation with Vietnam. In addition to offering more than 30 scholarships through Chevening, the UK government scholarship programme, the UK also provides in-country courses to Vietnamese students, Giles Lever said. The students have a chance to study with UK-designed curricula and British lecturers in their homeland while receiving degrees granted by universities in the UK, he added. Last year, Save the Children, an international children’s charity based in the UK, gave a financial support worth USD297,000 to help local students with financial management, job hunt, and other soft skills. Furthermore, the UK outlined specific roadmaps on building high-tech and bio-tech research centres and institutes in line with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between two nations through Newton Fund, a partnership programme on research and innovation. The cooperation aims to reduce critical impacts of climate change./. CPV/VNA... [read more]

(CPV) - Always the busiest month of the year for the British Council in Vietnam, this year October culminates with the biggest music festival in the nation, the finale of the UK in my eyes competition, the biggest UK Education Fair and a film week to follow. To launch a month of cultural and educational activities, Zara McFarlane and her band will play before thousands of festival-goers on October 9th in Hanoi at Monsoon Music Festival, the country’s biggest music festival. This will be followed by an additional performance, scheduled for October 11th in Ho Chi Minh city, where Zara will be joined by Thao Trang and Bich Ngoc, two stars of Vietnam Idol. Zara won the Best Jazz Act at MOBO (Music of Black Origin) 2014. Fellow winners in differing categories included Sam Smith, Jesse J and Beyonce. A strong British Council in Vietnam brand, the UK in my eyes competition for 2015 saw the British Council partner with VnExpress (the biggest online news site in Vietnam and has helped to bring the competition to even more fans of the UK) for the first time. Launched in September, the competition has received hundreds of entries from those who have studied in, or visited, the UK as well as those who have never been to Great Britain. Through their eyes, the UK is a truly a beautiful and vibrant country where the juxtaposition of old and new permeates every aspect of British life – a country that thrives on the…... [read more]




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