On April 2nd, 2018, the DAAD Information Centre Ho Chi Minh City opened an intriguing exhibition on research in Germany and gave insight in funding in manifold co-operation possibilities for Vietnamese institutions and individuals.

More than 50 representatives from various Institutions of Higher Education from Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong delta region joined in on the colourful opening of the Research in Germany exhibition which has been organized by the DAAD Information Centre Ho Chi Minh City and shown on the premises of the Vietnam Academy of Sciences and Technology Ho Chi Minh City. The exhibition displayed interesting and entertaining facts and figures about the research landscape in Germany and focused also on the non-university research institutions in Germany such as the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association outreaching to manifold opportunities for Vietnamese researchers and scientists to intensify the co-operation with partners in Germany. These organisations belong to the world’s leading institutions for applied research and basic research.

In his opening speech, Dr Berndt Tilp, director of DAAD’s Information Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, stressed the fact that over 1000 publicly funded research institutions inside and outside of universities are eager to contribute to scientific development in a wide range of fields. For Vietnam, the research fields energy, earth and environment are of utmost interest, but also for other fields in the humanities, the social sciences as well as for the natural and engineering sciences Germany’s research institutions are competent partners. Innovation drivers in Germany can be located in the fields of automotive engineering, pharmaceuticals as well as electronics, optics and metrology.

In this context, Germany offers funding for both applied and basic research, paving the way for future-oriented problem-solving in outstanding working environments. Dr Tilp: “Germany’s prosperity depends above all on knowledge. Various strategies in e.g. internationalisation, high tech and science open up co-operation opportunities for institutions in Vietnam enabling them to participate.”

The project has been made able as an initiative by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.