The 5th International conference on Vietnamese Studies

The 5th International Conference on Vietnamese Studies hosted by Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU) was opened at the National Convention Center, Hanoi on 15th December 2016 with the theme of "Sustainable development in the context of global change".

The conference is collaboratively organized by Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences; Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology; Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City; Ministry of Education and Training; Ministry of Science and Technology; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Ministry of Industry and Trade; Ministry of Planning and Investment; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Ministry of Information and Communications.

The conference aims at providing an academic forum for the discussing and proposing of solutions to Vietnam’s contemporary issues in the context of global change as well as promoting the development of a global network of Vietnamese Studies, which is expected to attract research experts in Vietnamese Studies from various fields of study and different countries and aimed at establishing an international Vietnamese Studies institution.
 
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam gives opening remarks at the conference
 
Attending the conference, there were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha, Chairman of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Nguyen Quang Thuan, VNU’s president Nguyen Kim Son; leaders of ministries, government agencies, universities and research institutes at home and abroad together with more than 1,000 delegates from 36 countries and territories.
After the opening plenary session, the participants divided into subcommittees of six areas of expertise, including: Foreign relations, international cooperation and integration; Cultural resources; Education and training and human resource development; Technology and knowledge transfer; Economy and Livelihood; Climate change.
VNU University of Economics and Business chaired the fifth subcommittee on Economics and livelihoods with Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Hong Son - Rector as head of the subcommittee.
 

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Hong Son gives opening remarks at the 5th Subcommittee on Economics and livelihoods

 
The 5th subcommittee received 270 abstracts, 220 full-text research articles, of which 150 articles can be published on VNU Journal of Science. The content of the articles focus on three main areas: economics, business and livelihood. Within the framework of the conference, the subcommittee selected 22 presentations at the conference with a general plenary session on the first day and two separated sessions on the second day.
Especially, the conference attracted famous scientists such as Prof. Hausmann from Harvard University (USA), Prof. Tran Van Tho - Waseda University (Japan), Prof. Vu Minh Khuong - National University of Singapore (Singapore), Prof. Ohno - National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS - Japan), Assoc.Prof.Dr. Vo Dai Luoc - Former Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences etc.
 

 
The 5th subcommittee on Economics and livelihoods attracts the attention of numerous domestic and foreign scholars
 
 
Prof. Hausmann from Harvard University (USA) with the report "The level of economic complexity of Vietnam: Comparing correlations within and between countries"
 
 
Prof. Vu Minh Khuong (National University of Singapore) presents the study on "productivity problem in efforts to promote economic growth of Vietnam"
 

On the first day of the conference, Prof. Hausmann from Harvard University (USA) presented the study "The level of economic complexity of Vietnam: Comparing correlations within and between countries." The report assessing Vietnamese economic diversity compared to the world by analyzing the structure of Vietnamese products that Vietnam has a comparative advantage in the long run. Discussion of Prof. Vu Minh Khuong (National University of Singapore) under the title of "Productivity problem in efforts to promote the economic growth of Vietnam" focuses on analysis of productivity - being the main factor causing the growth rate of Vietnam to slow down. With the presentation on "The quality of industrial policy and middle-income trap: Comparing Vietnam with other countries”, Prof. Ohno from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS - Japan) discussed the quality of industrial policies of Vietnam in comparison with other countries.

On the 2nd day, the participants divided into parallel sessions to discuss two topics: sustainable economic development and livelihoods (chaired by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Hong Son - Rector of the UEB) and Labor market and businesses (chaired by Dr. Nguyen Anh Thu - Vice Rector of the UEB).
 
 
Dr. Nguyen Anh Thu - Vice-Rector of the UEB (centered) chairs one session of the 5th Subcommittee
 
The research focused on the problems of socio-economic development and livelihood of specific population groups in Vietnam (such as minority groups in some remote areas, single women, disadvantaged groups, resident groups in mountainous areas etc.); livelihood seen from the perspective of labor, migration, job movement and economic models to ensure sustainable livelihoods for people, especially the vulnerable groups in society.
VNU University of Economics and Business had several studies presented at the conference, including: "Taiwan's Investment in Vietnam: current situation and problems" by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Hong Son and Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong; "Applying the model of "good governance" in Vietnam" by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Pham Thi Hong Diep; "Building and improving agricultural value chain for Vietnam during integration" by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Anh Tai and Dr. Tran The Nu and "Green Public Spending of Vietnam in the context of international economic integration” by Dr. Nguyen Quoc Viet.
 

 
UEB leaders take a photograph with participants
 
The conference ended with a plenary session on the afternoon of December 16th. The 5th subcommittee contributed a presentation on "Vietnamese Industrialization in the new period" by Prof. Tran Van Tho from Waseda University (Japan). The study reviews the process of industrialization in Vietnam based on the role of industry in the economic development process and analyzes experiences of developed countries as well as issues of Vietnam.
The conference strengthened and extended the network of researchers on Vietnam worldwide. On this basis, Vietnam National University will continue to develop the research groups, build the database on Vietnamese study and prepare for the 6th International Conference on Vietnamese to be held in 2020.
 
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