2017 Science and Technology Activities Review for the upcoming year 2018

Implementing the Science Activity Development Strategy until 2020, our University has fostered academic research and aimed towards increasing the number of international publications while maintaining applied research activities for policy-making purposes at national and local government levels and promoting entrepreneurial development. 2017 has been an incredibly successful year for our university in scientific research activities while major changes have unfolded in science and technology work at university level.

Regarding research administration, our university has enacted the scientific research regulation for lecturers since 2017 and has amended it to foster publications by recording the time spent on scientific research, limiting non-scientific research activities; issuing guidelines to regulate the activities of the Schools/Institute’s Scientific Councils; deploying activities to build strategic plans for scientific research at School/Institute level to increase the independence of Schools/Institutes; updating the international publication research fund regulation; and amend the 2017 scientific regulation for students.

Regarding the applied research activities, our University has maintained a good relationship with local governments and entrepreneurs, signed many research contracts and created suitable conditions for lecturers to participate. The Department of Research Administration – International Relations has focused on delivering notifications to lecturers, guiding and supporting them with administrative formalities, and participated in meetings to select projects and evaluated research results. In 2017, our university had three projects evaluated and approved by Ben Tre, Dong Nai and Long An provinces; not to mention projects from the Research Institute in Economic Development – our primary unit in research and consulting for provinces and cities to conduct scientific research projects, and apply scientific economic research results in practical situations.

Regarding the organization of scientific conferences, our university has maintained and broadened the scale of conferences. In 2017, UEH successfully organized two international conferences for the first time in Vietnam: The 13th annual international conference of the Asian Law and Economics Association (AsLEA) in June, 2017 with a total of 63 scientific papers, including 19 from UEH lecturers attending this event; The international conference with the Swiss Asean Learning and Teaching Association (SALT) – Connect-us Conference with Switzerland partners in November 2017 which received a total of 12 papers, including 6 from UEH lecturers.

In 2018, our University is expected to organize one annual international conference. Our university also encourages lecturers – from Vietnam and abroad – to join scientific conferences by applying policies to support registration fees and travel expenses. This is also an opportunity for lecturers to exchange academic knowledge with other scientists and experts.

The selection, evaluation and approval of projects for 2017 were properly organized and successful. UEH selected, evaluated and approved 124 projects in total, including 5 key projects (at university level), 74 projects at university level, 19 related to case study research for teaching purposes, 11 from PhD candidates, and 15 academic research projects for international publications. The total funding for these projects reached 6.18 billion VND. 2017 was the first year in which scientific research projects were deployed at regional level together with the case study research projects for teaching purposes for the advanced curriculum.

2017 marked a difference in policies to implement the publication of the annual Policy Dialogue Journal. UEH also aimed towards macroeconomic policy recommendations, based on calculating and predicting the important overall figures that reflected the health of the economy and the adaptive management responses of the government. The results of establishing and calculating economic figures was scientific-based, executed with proper methods and possed evidence which was closely and carefully evaluated. Drawing from several results of research topics, UEH held the international scientific conference “Financial Conditions Index – Measurement and Application in Vietnam”, with the participation 50 guests, experts from UEH and other institutions, and about 30 journalists and reporters.

This is an integrated indicator that reflects the overall financial conditions of the economy over time as well as the impact of financial conditions and the prospects of the economy in the short and long term.

Financial institutions and central banks from many countries have also been trying to build this FCI.

Regarding the Ministry-level projects, UEH applied for 15 projects, among those 6 were chosen by the Ministry for evaluation. After being evaluated, 4 out of 15 were chosen to be implemented in 2018. From now on, all projects at Ministry level will be funded 30% by UEH.

Regarding State-level projects, UEH successfully won the bid for two projects: “Researching economic growth model based on science, technology and innovation in Vietnam up to 2030”, code KX01.17/16; and “Researching and proposing solutions for education internationalization in Vietnam, of the National Educational Science Program”. After many years, UEH returned to work on state-level projects in order to make a contribution towards scientific knowledge and policies with impact at national level. In 2017 NAFOSTED Foundation also approved the funding for three UEH projects by the School of Finance, the Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies, and the International School of Business. This also shows the diversification of funding sources for scientific research which is gaining more attention from the lecturers.

Regarding the publication of scientific research results for the purpose of developing our university into a research-oriented university, in 2017, UEH approved 15 internationally published research projects. As per university-level projects, UEH decided that research results must be published in scientific journals (international journals ranked on ISI/ ABDC/ Scopus, or national journal approved by the National Council of Professor Title), or publish monographs. In 2017, the publications of the lecturers’ scientific research results increased in quantity and quality with up to 214 articles on national journals, 73 articles on international journals (including 24 with ISI standards), 247 discussion articles at national scientific conferences, 64 discussion articles at faculty-level conferences (including published ISBN yearbook), and 93 discussion articles at international scientific conferences.

Additionally, the scientific publications have improved in quality and have been polished in content and format to reach international standards. The Journal of Economic Development has been officially renamed into the Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies (JABES) and will be launched on January 1st, 2018. Based on an agreement with the EMERALD publisher, JABES start to be published on EMERALD from March, 2018. From now on, JABES will officially become an international and global journal. This contributes to increasing the research ability of scientists, economists, lecturers and PhD candidates from Vietnam and abroad, to elevate the academic value of UEH in the international community.

Besides the achievements from research activities of lecturers, the students’ scientific research activities also had significant attainments, broadened in scale and improved in quality. The Department of Research Administration – International Relations has worked with the Unions and lecturers from different Schools to support students in their scientific research; and to propose and enacte new regulations based on the ministry guidelines and students’ feedback. The students’ scientific research activities continue to develop and grow in quality. In 2017, the students’ scientific research competition was held and included 216 completed projects. The results are encouraging with 123 projects awarded UEH Young Economist, three awarded Ministry Student Scientific Research, and one topic awarded Eureka by the Youth Union. Besides, The Department of Research Administration – International Relations also worked with the University Youth Union to organize a series of 4 classes on Scientific Research Methodology, which has attracted many students.

In the year of 2018, UEH will continue issuing regulations and policies to materialize initiatives and boost academic research and international publication, including the recruitment policy for foreign leaders/ experts, the regulation for the creation of “strong research groups”, and for improving administrative process of project management according to ISO 2008-2015. Based on the above results, in 2018, UEH will continue to strive for more achievements in scientific and technological activities and hope to receive collaboration as well as consensus from all lecturers to achieve the proposed goals.