Vietnam eyes stronger sci-technological links with Australia hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador Luong Thanh Nghi presents a basket of flowers to Chu Quang Hoa, head the scientific-technological representative office in Sydney at the inaugural ceremony (Source: VNA)
Vietnam officially inaugurated its second scientific-technological representative office in Australia on October 24, following the first one in the capital city of Canberra.

The second is located in Sydney, the State of New South Wales which houses 28 leading universities of Australia.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Chu Quang Hoa, head of the Sydney office, said most of scientific and technological cooperation activities between Vietnam and Australia have been carried out in New South Wales.

A large contingent of Vietnamese lecturers and researchers are working in Sydney since it houses a number of world leading research institutes and universities, he added.

The opening of the new office is in line with Vietnamese Party’s and State’s guidelines to turn science-technology into one of the country’s key sectors, he stressed.

The freshly-operating office has helped with the signing of a handful of agreements between the two countries’ institutes and universities, Hoa said.

He voiced his hope that the office will conduct more activities to contribute to the process of industrialisation and modernisation at the homeland.

Vietnamese Ambassador Luong Thanh Nghi highlighted the fruitful scientific and technological collaboration between Vietnam and Australia over the past time, especially since the two countries inked a cooperative agreement in this field in 2013.

He said he hopes that the office will help boost the affiliation through pragmatic projects while attracting the participation of overseas Vietnamese intellectuals in this sphere.

Since Vietnam and Australia established their comprehensive partnership in 2009, their scientific and technological ties have bloomed.

The agreement on scientific and technological cooperation taking effect in July 2014 has allowed the two sides to implement concrete cooperative activities covering communications work, consultations among scientists and technicians, and technological transfer.

About 270 Vietnamese scientists are working across sectors in Australia, of whom 18 young scientists were presented with Professor and Associate Professor titles by local universities.-VNA