At the launching ceremony of the office (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – Can Tho University and Brain Works Asia Co., Ltd of Japan launched a new office for the Centre for Advanced Technology Research and Renovation in the university on November 2, which aims to strengthen technological application in production, especially aquaculture and rice cultivation in the Mekong Delta region.

The move was part of activities celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations and the fourth Vietnam-Japan cultural and commercial exchange programme that is running from November 2-4.

Prof. Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, Principal of the Can Tho University, said that the centre’s main objective is to foster coordination between the university and Japanese firms in science and technology research, especially in information technology, to meet development demands of the Mekong Delta region.

The centre is a hub for nurturing startup ideas in science-technology with the support of Japanese experts, he added.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Phuong Lam, Vice Director of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)’s Branch in Can Tho, hailed the role that the Can Tho University plays in providing human resources for the city, while stressing the need for science-technology application in production and business in the current period.

Shingo Tamura, head of the centre, said that the launching of the office is expected to facilitate momentum for scientific research that can serve the economic development of Can Tho, as well as the whole Mekong Delta region.

The centre is hoped to play a key role in business development, especially firms operating in the science and technology sector.

Prof. Toan said that along with the centre, the Can Tho University has also teamed up with Japan’s Yanmar Company to form a Yanmar research centre in the university with a focus on agricultural machinery research. The university has also worked with two other Japanese firms to build a production chain for agricultural products and by-products in the region, he added.–VNA