From 2019 to now, the VinIF Innovation Fund of Vingroup has contributed US$6 million to scholarship and training programs to build the future generation of Vietnamese science and technology.
It is VinIF’s breakthrough funding mindset that has made positive changes in investment in the research environment.
Creating a “launch pad” for Vietnamese scientists
According to statistics of the Ministry of Education and Training, in the period from 2018 to 2025, Vietnam needs to add 36,000 lecturers with doctoral degrees. From now to 2030, the number of missing PhDs is 7,300.
Starting from 2019, VinIF Fund has immediately implemented synchronously various scholarship programs, in which, Master and PhD scholarships are 120 million VND/year and PhD students are 150 million VND/year. . Not only targeting beneficiaries who are individuals doing scientific research, VinIF also connects with research institutes and universities in Vietnam to support financial and technological resources, knowledge and expertise networks. for training institutions.
|Over the past three years, VinIF has sponsored a total of USD 6 million to build high-quality human resources for the development of science and technology in Vietnam.|
In order to ensure that the appraisal process is scientific and transparent, and at the same time effective, close to the actual needs of researchers, from the very first days, VinIF has consulted with scientists. , policy makers and a team of leading professors. Over the years, the set of criteria and program framework has been continuously supplemented and updated by VinIF to continue to perfect and meet new requirements of world science.
In particular, VinIF focuses on appraisal and screening, provided that the candidate must meet international scientific standards, with at least 2 articles published in publications in the list of SCIE/SSCI journals and sponsor and cooperate with prestigious scientists. This approach is similar to that of prestigious foreign organizations such as the Humboldt Foundation (Germany), Sloan or Fulbright (USA) and Simons (Canada), to ensure that funding is used effectively, to the right people and right purpose.
“I think VinIF’s sponsorship policy is currently going in the right direction and perhaps this is the general consensus of scientists,” Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hai Nam – Rector of Hanoi University of Pharmacy affirmed.
|GS. Dr. Nguyen Hai Nam – Rector of Hanoi University of Pharmacy|
With a large budget, VinIF focuses on long-term, continuous and methodical investments. Only for Master’s and Doctoral scholarships, for three consecutive years accompanying students and researchers nationwide, a total of 753 scholarships have been awarded by VinIF with the amount of VND 102 billion. Along with nearly 30 billion VND invested in cooperation programs to train Master in Data Science, VinIF’s total funding to date is about 132 billion VND (equivalent to about 6 million USD).
“From the persistent efforts of VinIF, a network of young intellectuals, in diverse fields, is gradually forming and connecting, which is expected to be the quintessential resource to create the comprehensive development of the country.” , GS. Vu Ha Van (Scientific Director of VinIF and VinBigData) shared at the Ceremony of announcing and reviewing two years of scholarship and training programs.
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Huynh Quyet Thang, Rector of Hanoi University of Science and Technology, informed that sponsored research groups attract many good students to work. Scientific research publications at schools and institutes have increased markedly in both quantity and quality.
In the year 2019 – 2020, VinIF’s scholarship recipients of Polytechnics have had about 50 articles published in prestigious scientific journals. Thanks to the cooperation with VinIF, member units such as the University of Information Technology have received adequate facilities for the master’s program in Data Science. “This is the first Foundation that directly accompanies graduate students and contributes to the formation of strong research groups,” said Mr. Thang.
Breakthrough thinking creates new efficiency
With a comprehensive investment in Master, Doctoral and Postdoctoral scholarship programs and Master’s training cooperation, VinIF is one of the rare private funds in Vietnam with comprehensive interest. to graduate education. In particular, according to Prof. Dr. Phung Ho Hai, Director of the Institute of Mathematics (Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology), the meaning of the Vingroup Innovation Fund is not in the number of scholarships, the number of topics sponsored by the Fund, but in the number of projects funded by the Fund. in funding.
|VinIF’s breakthrough funding thinking has made positive changes to the domestic research environment and culture, promoting the development of science and technology in the country.|
The breakthrough in the way of VinIF is that: The Foundation realizes the true labor value of scientists, considers students or PhD students as human resources that need to be paid a salary or a scholarship; Master’s, PhD or post-doctoral research is a profession, not just a matter of going to school.
“In the US, going to graduate school is considered a ‘full-time’ job, students only focus on research and receive subsidies from the government or business. In Vietnam, the majority of masters and doctoral students only spend part of their time studying, so the quality is not guaranteed. That difference leads to a difference in training quality”, Prof. Vu Ha Van said.
Changing the mindset of training Master, Doctoral, and post-Doctorate, VinIF has become a “godfather” for many young scientists. Accompanying VinIF, Duong Tien Anh, a 27-year-old doctor of pharmacology, who owns 4 patents and 14 published in international standard ISI journals, clearly sees the impact of the Scholarship on his research career. . Working as a “full-time” doctorate, Tien Anh completed her studies a year early and had the opportunity to participate in the 20th Youth Science and Technology Conference in the health sector later this month.
“The VinIF scholarship helps me change my outlook on scientific research and doctoral studies. Dedicated to doing science, I can live by profession, and moreover, maximize my capacity to create out research that is useful to society”, shared Tien Anh.
Further, VinIF’s new thinking and direction will not only remove the financial burden on scientists, but also change the research environment and culture in the country, creating a premise for businesses, Other private funds participate in promoting the sustainable development of science and technology in Vietnam.