International centres for physics, mathematics research launched

The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, in coordination with the Ministry of Science and Technology, on October 29 inaugurated the International Centre for Physics (ICP) and the International Centre for Mathematical Research and Training (ICRTM).

The two centres were established under the auspices of UNESCO to contribute to the realisation of strategic goals on scientific-technological development and international commitments of the Government, and promote international cooperation in the related fields.

Their main activities include providing international training in physics and mathematics; conducting international level physics and mathematics studies; and advising policy makers, educators and the public in the fields of physics and mathematics.

Training activities at the two centres begin immediately this year, focusing on advanced talent training, postgraduate and postdoctoral training in physics and mathematics through scientific research programmes and projects. These programmes are available to citizens of Vietnam and regional countries, as well as some African countries.

The two centres will cooperate in research with domestic and international universities and institutes, particularly those in ASEAN countries, Asia-Pacific region and Africa. Cooperative activities include short-term exchange of experts and organization of conferences and seminars.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Hoang Giang said that UNESCO’s recognition and sponsorship of the two centres affirms Vietnam’s position on the world science map.

Through these two science centres, Vietnam wishes to contribute to the science of the ASEAN region and the world, said Deputy Minister Giang. He affirmed that the Ministry of Science and Technology will support and create necessary conditions for the two centres to operate effectively and follow the agreement with UNESCO.