Vietnam consults Australia’s research evaluation system hinh anh 1A working session of ​​the Ministry of Science and Technology's delegation ​at the University of Technology Sydney. (Photo: VNA)

Sydney (VNA) – Officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) made a 6-day visit to Australia to study the country’s experience in scientific research evaluation.

The Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Chief of the Ministry’s Office Nguyen Thi Hue, held talks with top universities and research institutes in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

In Australia, since 1990, universities have conducted assessment of scientists and research activities at universities alongside that of the Government on an annual and every three years basis. Evaluation criteria include publications’ quality and quantity, as well as revenue generated from research projects.

According to Chu Quang Hoa, head of the MoST’s representative office in Sydney, Vietnamese universities and institutions have separate assessment systems. In 2014, his ministry started building a national research evaluation framework in line with international standards.

In 2016, Vietnam and Australia are expected to launch joint research programmes. Thus, comparable assessment systems between the two are crucial.-VNA