JOINT STATEMENT OF COOPERATION
The Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam (hereinafter referred to as “the Ministry”) and the U.S. National Academies (hereinafter referred to as “the Academies”), both have the goal of contributing to the furtherance of science and technology in their countries, and of contributing to their nations’ ability to meet the needs of citizens. The Ministry is the agency of the Government of Vietnam that is responsible for managing and developing the education sector in Vietnam at all levels. Besides education and training, basic and applied research also accounts for a considerable share of the tasks of the education sector.
The U.S. National Academies (the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council) include organizations whose membership and leadership are chosen by their own members on the basis of personal achievement. In addition, the U.S. National Academies have the role of independent advisor to the U.S. government on many matters with important science, engineering, or medical elements. This advisory role, played by an increasing number of academies throughout the world, is of considerable importance to countries in meeting the complex challenges in areas such as health, building healthy environments for innovation and economic application of science and technology, agriculture, transportation, energy and environment, infrastructure for growing urban areas, and improving the effectiveness of education at all levels.
With a view to encouraging mutual learning and cooperation in education, science, and technology between Vietnam and the U.S., the Ministry and the Academies propose to conduct the following cooperative activities:
The Ministry and the Academies will exchange visits to discuss the possibilities for cooperation in the areas of education, science, and technology development.
The Ministry and the Academies will consider one or more projects related to scientific cooperation, focusing on the areas of national importance to both sides, and in the event that a mutual priority is identified, will endeavor to secure the resources necessary to implement the project.
In the immediate and medium term, the Academies will support the Ministry in providing appropriate expertise and advice to assist in the Ministry’s efforts to develop higher education. This includes, but is not limited to the following: (a) the development of Ph.D. level human resources for its higher education sector, including the screening and selection of qualified Vietnamese candidates for graduate (Master’s and Ph.D. level) education and research in the U.S. and referring qualified Vietnamese candidates to U.S. institutions in order for them to pursue their studies and research; (b) the establishment of one or more world class universities in Vietnam as well as the implementation of the pilot programs of advanced curricula in Vietnam, known as the Advanced Programs, which may be integrated into the world class university project; and (c) other matters of an educational, scientific, and technological nature as may be requested by the Ministry.
These activities will be organized through mutual agreement of the appropriate officials and staff of the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and the U.S. National Academies. This Joint Statement of Cooperation is made into four original copies in English and signed in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., on the 15th of March 2007.
For and on behalf of the U.S. National Academies
Ralph J. Cicerone, Ph.D.
For and on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam
Prof. Dr. Sc. Banh Tien Long,