The first German-Vietnamese Biotechnology Week, which took place in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Cantho in September 2002, showed impressive results and potential for future cooperation. Within the framework of the Biotechnology Week, the first BMBF-funded fellowship programme was launched for young Vietnamese scientists in the area of biotechnology. In the area of environmental technology, water and sewage technologies are of particular importance for German science and industry. Several comprehensive bilateral research projects on plant breeding and decentralized sewage treatment are funded by the BMBF.
Cooperation in the area of research management is of particular, indeed far-reaching political importance and is to restructure the Vietnamese system of research support along the lines of the German system. After comprehensive preliminary work, this development is being supported in Vietnam by an expert commissioned by the BMBF.
Vietnam is an outstanding example of how measures of education and research policy can be interlinked: "Offshore spin-offs" of the universities in Dresden and Greifswald have been established in Vietnam in the engineering and natural sciences within the framework of marketing for education and research in Germany. A German materials processing department was established at Hanoi Technical University in 2003 by Magdeburg University.
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