Features and Activities of the Project

Conducting Joint Research with Provinces and Introducing Research Based Education

  • 12 research groups or “model labs” are selected per year, each consisting of researchers and graduate students of HCMUT and partners from provinces and local communities. Each model lab receives a budget provided by JICA, which is used for conducting joint research activities that the lab members propose based on local technical needs in a target province.
  • Transforming the master’s programs from lecture-based to research-based is a key priority for HCMUT. In this project, the students of the model labs carry out everyday research activities under the supervision of the researchers/their professors in addition to taking lectures.

Establishing Partnerships and Cooperation

  • Research advisors, mainly from national universities in Japan, are identified for selected model labs. The advisors visit HCMUT once a year to carry out research with their assigned model labs. In return, one member from each model lab is selected and participates in a one-month training program conducted in the lab of his/her advisor in Japan.
  • The model labs’ partners from provinces and local communities visit HCMUT for one month to carry out joint research. It is hoped that this experience leads to technological transfer from the university to provinces. At the same time, the models labs maintain contact with and visit their local partners and related sites in the provinces on a regular basis.

Presenting Research Outcomes and Achievements

  • The researchers and graduate students of the model labs are expected to present and publish academic papers in international conferences and journals. The students are required to write a master’s thesis based on the outcomes produced through the implementation of the project’s research activities.
  • Applying for a patent with support of HCMUT’s R & D Project Management Office is strongly encouraged for model labs in order to utilize the intellectual property for various purposes and benefits.
  • Seminars and workshops are organized by HCMUT and model labs to share the outcomes of research activities, concerns regarding the project implementation as well as new ideas and skills. These seminars and workshops target the model labs, HCMUT’s faculties and departments, provinces and local communities, private industries, and other education institutions. Use of the TV conference system for holding seminars, workshops and meetings is also encouraged.