Minister of Science and Technology in Vietnam - Nguyen Quan and UK Ambassador in Vietnam - Giles Lever signed a governmental Memorandum for Newton Vietnam Program. Accordingly, the United Kingdom will spend up to 10 million pounds to support for the program on comprehensive bilateral cooperation in research and innovation by 2019. Newton Vietnam Program funds for scientists, researchers, managers of science and innovative enterprises of both Vietnam and the United Kingdom. The activities will focus on improving capacity and research scholarships, study the collaborative research project on the development challenges, and transfer by training and collaborating to transform research results into practical applications and solutions for development. The program will focus on supporting the following priority areas: health and life sciences; agriculture; Environmental resilience and energy security; cities in the future; and digital, innovation and creativity.
The Minister Nguyen Quan said that the contents committed in the Memorandum fully meet targets to support scientific research, human resources training, and innovation to promote sustainable development and ensuring social security in Vietnam. Through the program, agencies, research institutes, academies of England will support and share with Vietnam experiences on making science, technology, and innovation a driving force of socio - economic development. More specifically, the UK will help Vietnam improve thhe capacity of research and innovation system of Vietnam in order that Vietnam science and technology positively contributes to the national development.
Ambassador Giles Lever stressed that Newton Vietnam Program was not only an important factor in science and technology cooperation in particular, but also a milestone in the cooperation between Vietnam and UK in general. The 5th pillar of Vietnam - UK strategic partnership was agreed in 2010 relating to education, training, science and technology. Field of scientific and technological cooperation is a key element in bilateral relations between the two countries. Stronger cooperation in the field of science and technology will bring benefits to both countries. Scientists in Vietnam have many benefits when working with British scientists, and the opposite is true of the fact that the British scientists can learn a lot when cooperating with Vietnamese scientists. This contributes to the Vietnam and UK trade relation.
Ministry of Vietnam Science and Technology, and the British Embassy in Hanoi are acting as program coordinators of Vietnam Newton Program. Also, a group of professional organizations will direct program implementation. To the UK, it includes the British Council, UK Research Council, and the Academy and Innovate UK Organization. In the side of Vietnam, there is the participation of the Department of International Cooperation, National Fund of Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED), Bureau of Market Development and Science and Technology Enterprises under the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Vietnam International Education Department (VIED) under the Ministry of Education and Training.
Newton Program in Vietnam (Newton Foundation) is an initiative of the government of the United Kingdom, enabling the use of strengths in research and innovation of the UK to promote economic development and social of 15 partner countries. The total commitment of the UK Government is £ 375 million for the 5-year cooperation program from 2014 to 2019. Fund is managed by the Ministry of UK Business, Innovation and Skills Management.