Training Activities

From 2014 to 2019, Granted by British Council, UK-ASEAN Knowledge Partnership, British Council, Newton Institutional Links Grant, British Council, Newton Fund Research Environment Links UK/Vietnam Grant, and Newton Prize 2017, we have organized a number of training programs including 14 seminars, 1 workshop, 8 international conferences, and many other training activities for students such as summer schools and P2A. There were more than 600 Vietnamese researchers, research administrators, policy makers, researchers at R&D companies, research IP managers, and students attended these training activities.

A) SEMINARS

1) Training at Can Tho University 19 – May 2015: How to write a Newton Fund Research Institutional Link Proposals

2) Training at Ho Chi Minh University 18 – May 2015: How to write a Newton Fund Research Institutional Link Proposals

3) Training  of DTU Lecturers at Queen’s University Belfast

4) Training at Da Nang University in August 2015: How to prepare a research proposal for academic staffs

5) Training at Hue University in August 2015: How to prepare a research proposal for academic staffs

6) Training at Thu Dau Mot University in December 2015: Newton Fund and Newton Institutional Link

7) Training for researchers from Ha Noi University of Science and Technology at QUB in July and November 2016

8) Training at Le Quy Don Technical University in August 2017: How to win research money in Newton Fund?

9) Da Nang University in August 2017: How to write a research articles and publish a good paper on top journal?

10) Quy Nhon 2017 – Keynote speakers for Wireless Physical Layer Security

11) Nong Lam University in January 2019: Training for researchers from Nong Lam University in How to get your research published?

12) Thai Nguyen University in March 2019: Training for researchers at Thai Nguyen University in writing ISI research papers

13) Ha Noi University of Public Heath in March 2019: Training for staffs at HUPH in disaster management and diseases after disasters

14) Thuy Loi University in January 2019: How to publish your paper on top journals

B) WORKSHOP

Training for Vietnamese researchers at QUB UK-Vietnam Workshops , 2018

C) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

1) ComManTel15

The conference received more than 80 submissions from nearly 20 countries. Each paper received at least three peer technical reviews, comprised of more than 350 TPC members from academia, government laboratories, and industries. After carefully examining all the received review reports, the IEEE ComManTel 2015 TPC finally selected only 58 papers with very high quality for presentation at the conference and publication in the IEEE ComManTel 2015 proceedings. Especially, 101 out of 175 authors of accepted papers were Vietnamese.

 

2) SigTelCom17, 18, and 19

In SigTelCom 2017, we received 91 submissions from nearly countries. Each paper received at least three peer technical reviews, comprised of more than 220 TPC members from academia, government laboratories, and industries. After carefully examining all the received review reports, the IEEE SigTelCom TPC finally selected only 46 high quality papers for presentation at the conference and publication in the IEEE SigTelCom 2017 proceedings. 75 out of 142 authors of accepted papers were Vietnamese.

In SigTelCom 2018, we received 90 submissions from nearly 20 countries. Each paper received at least three peer technical reviews, comprised of more than 350 TPC members from academia, government laboratories, and industries. Each paper was reviewed by at least 3 experts, chosen from 220 TPC members in the academia, government laboratories, and industries. After carefully examining all the received review reports, the IEEE SigTelCom TPC finally selected only 45 high quality papers for presentation at the conference and publication in the IEEE SigTelCom 2018 proceedings. 97 out of 175 authors of accepted papers were Vietnamese.

In SigTelCom 2019, we received 61 submissions from nearly 22 countries. Each paper was reviewed by at least 3 experts, chosen from 573 TPC members in the academia, government laboratories, and industries. After carefully examining all the received review reports, the SigTelCom TPC finally selected only 38 high quality papers for presentation at the conference and publication in the IEEE SigTelCom 2019 proceedings. 89 out out 122 authors of accepted papers were Vietnamese.

3) INISCOM17, 18 and 19

In Iniscom 2017, we received 45 submissions from 144 authors and co-authors of 15 countries. Each paper received at least three peer technical reviews, comprised of more than 30 TPC members from academia, government laboratories, and industries. After carefully examining all the received review reports, the INISCOM 2017 TPC finally selected only very high quality papers (31 papers) for presentation at the conference and publication in the INISCOM 2017 proceedings. 55 out of 105 authors of accepted papers were Vietnamese.

In Iniscom 2018, we received 38 submissions from 123 authors and co-authors of 11 countries. Each paper received at least 3 peer technical reviews, comprised of more than 40 TPC members from academia, government laboratories, and industries. After carefully examining all the received review reports, the INISCOM 2018 TPC finally selected only very high quality papers (26 papers) for presentation at the conference and publication in the INISCOM 2018 proceedings. 53 out of 82 authors of accepted papers were Vietnamese.

In Iniscom 2019, we received 39 submissions from about 200 authors and co-authors of 13 countries. Each paper received at least 3 peer technical reviews, comprised of more than 30 TPC members from academia, government laboratories, and industries. After carefully examining all the received review reports, the INISCOM 2019 TPC finally selected only very high quality papers (24 papers) for presentation at the conference and publication in the INISCOM 2019 proceedings. 51 out of 72 authors of accepted papers were Vietnamese.

4) QShine18

In Qshine 2018, we received 28 submissions from 76 authors and co-authors of 12 countries. Each paper received at least three peer technical reviews, comprised of more than 40 TPC members from academia, government laboratories, and industries. After carefully examining all the received review re- ports, the QSHINE 2018 TPC finally selected only very high quality papers (13 papers) for presentation at the conference and publication in the QSHINE 2018 proceedings. 10 out of 44 authors of accepted papers were Vietnamese.

D) OTHERS

1) Summer Schools

In 2015, the International Research Summer School (IRSS) was founded by Asso. Prof. Trung Q. Duong (Queen’s University Belfast, UK). The IRSS is an annual event organized by Duy Tan University (DTU) under Newton fund managed by British Council. In the first 4 schools (i.e., in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018), many experts and professors from world-class universities in the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia provided the prospective PhD students with academic interests such as advanced research skills, researcher careers, and research governance and ethics, etc. that will help the prospective PhD students to develop their capacities for academic activities in advanced higher education systems in the world.

The schools also supported useful information about PhD scholarships and related issues such as application process, successful stories, finding and working with supervisors, PhD life, etc. The schools therefore play an important role as a very stepping stone towards a successful academic research career of the attendances.

After four schools (i.e., in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018), there have been 88 students from many universities and institutes in Vietnam received travel and accommodation grants. The great achievement here is that after the schools, about 65% of them won full master and PhD scholarships to study in the UK, the USA, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea,… This actually motivates the committee to envision a long-term development strategy of the IRSS.

The 5th IRSS will be held from 20 to 22, Aug. 2019 at DTU, Danang City, it was a great honor to DTU to go with new prospective PhD students. The 5th IRSS provided 30 attendances from many institutions and companies in Vietnam with a rich and useful course that will be the prep steps into their future PhD programme and research career.

2) P2A

In the morning of Aug. 16, 2018, the ceremony event of “P2A – ASEAN In One 2018” is honored by the attendance and opening speeches by the Director of Community Affairs for ASEAN, Mr. Lee Yoong Yoong, the Director to the P2A Secretariat, Mr. Jeroen Schedler, the Standing Vice Secretary of the Da Nang Party Committee, Mr. Vo Cong Tri, and the President of Duy Tan University, Dr. Le Nguyen Bao, followed by a series of important activities given as below.

There are three speakers:  Prof. Trung Q. Duong (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), Dr. Jolanda Tromp (Duy Tan University, Vietnam), and Dr. Anand Nayyar (Duy Tan University, Vietnam). Prof. Duong gives a talk about two Newton projects (Research Environment Link and Newton Prize) which are supported by the British Council. The first project is related to smart agriculture and the second project is to do with smart cities and disaster management. Both projects have a tight connection with smart cities and apply the advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the smart cities.

Prof. Duong then briefly introduces the basic background of Industry 4.0 (aka Industrial IoT or smart factory) and the basic concept of smart cities. Then Dr. Tromp presents the deep knowledge in Industry 4.0 and how the creative thinking can contribute to the development of this trend. In addition, the start-up company in the era of Industry 4.0 will also open a new door for youths in ASEAN countries. Dr. Nayyar discusses the smart cities, recent trends, and state-of-the-art technologies. Several domains of smart cities like smart living, smart environment, smart education etc are also addressed.

Finally, Prof. Duong delivers the most important talk in smart cities for ASEAN. While cities concentrate many societal and environmental problems, they also tend to be where solutions are forged. In the face of growing populations, resource constraints, and overburdened infrastructure systems, cities have to make better use of technology to do more with less.  Prof. Duong points out that these have enormous potential for creating smart cities across ASEAN, where urbanisation is happening at a breakneck pace.

There are ten teams, representing 10 different ASEAN countries. The members of team are randomly selected and mixed in terms of nationality. Each team is assigned one country in ASEAN and they must select one city in the country for their project. The main purpose of the project is to identify the challenges of the city and propose few solutions for smart cities with the main purpose of improving the quality of life. Each team is allowed to have 15 minutes to present their projects, and then followed by Q&A by the panels.

In summary, after a full day discussion between speakers and all the presentation from 10 teams, we conclude that there is no universal road map for cities to become “smarter.” ASEAN does not have to replicate a generic global template. Cities across the region can forge a new model that reflects their own challenges and priorities.

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