On the schedule of visiting tours to partners, the new IRD Representative in Vietnam, Dr. Edmond Dounias, paid a courtesy visit to the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) on April 1sr, 2022.
In the first meeting with USTH, Dr. Edmond Dounias discussed with the Rector-board of USTH the potential areas of further collaboration between IRD in Vietnam and USTH. Two sides have agreed to promote the relationship through various activities, especially in exchange scientists, research, and education and to combine their efforts towards broadening their collaborations within ASEAN or throughout the Indopacific region. In this tour, Dr. Edmond Dounias was also invited to visit the USTH laboratories before having a discussion with lecturers of USTH about their difficulties and expectation regarding the partnership. The second meeting shared expectations on exchanging researchers, building up projects, and creating opportunities for triangular collaboration with other Southeast Asian countries. In this case, Dr. Edmond Dounias provided some insights on IRD’s roadmap at the regional level.