Aus-Vietnam partnership for smart city initiatives

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Aus-Vietnam partnership for smart city initiatives

UTS and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT) in Vietnam have set up a joint research centre focused on emerging technologies initiatives such as smart cities and cybersecurity.

Ho Chi Minh City recently announced its strategy to become Vietnam’s first smart city. Each year research associates will be recruited in Vietnam to spend a year at the centre before travelling to Sydney for an additional year at UTS.

The UTS-HCMUT Joint Technology and Innovation Research Centre will collaborate closely with Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP). UTS is the first Australian university to formalise cooperation with SHTP, a regional model of technological innovation in Southern Vietnam.

During a March diplomatic visit to Australia headed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Industry 4.0 and smart cities were identified as research priorities for Vietnam, and are key research strengths in the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT).  Supporting connections between education, research and industry are also key elements of this partnership.

In consultation with Vietnamese government ministries, city councils and national-level hi-tech parks, FEIT has identified key areas for bilateral collaboration. These include: Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, smart cities, cybersecurity and smart farming.

This latest partnership builds on the success of the 2017 Joint Research Centre established by UTS and the Vietnam National University-University of Engineering and Technology (VNU-UET) in Hanoi.

“Our goal in Ho Chi Minh City is to build a hub for university-industry research collaboration, working with our long-term partner HCMUT and Vietnamese industry. We are looking forward to being a part of the vibrant, growing technology sector in Ho Chi Minh City,” said Professor Ian Burnett, Dean, FEIT.

“We aim to expand our research cooperation and collaboration with industry, explore new approaches to bridging university-industry divides and work together on technology advances relevant to both countries.”

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