Vietnam

Vietnam is now the most important partner country of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Southeast Asia.

Hoa-Binh-Dam in Vietnam

© Ludwig Kammesheidt / DLR

Funding opportunities

Current call announcements for the cooperation with Vietnam (linked information in German only):

Political framework

Bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and Germany is founded upon an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation, which was signed during the state visit of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang on 25 November 2015 in Berlin.

Priorities of the cooperation

Current cooperation focuses on water and environmental technologies, resource efficiency, sustainable urbanisation, bioeconomy and health research.

Water and environmental technologies

In the area of ​​water and environmental technologies, there has been a strategic partnership between the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) since 2006. In October 2007, the Vietnamese-German 'Project Office for Water and Environmental Technology' was opened in Hanoi. In 2013 it was renamed and restructured into the 'Vietnamese-German Office for Water and Sustainability'. It is currently being continued as a German project office.

Against the backdrop of the development of both countries, global change and the United Nations 2030 Agenda, a comprehensive perspective on sustainable development is becoming increasingly important for the German-Vietnamese research cooperation. The common goal is to focus research projects on concrete action for sustainable future development. Both sides therefore strive for even closer coordination on joint research priorities and early involvement of all key stakeholders. An inter-ministerial working group on sustainable development (FONA WG) will support the coordination of activities and projects.

In the field of 'Water and Environmental Technologies and Resource Efficiency', seven collaborative projects have been launched in 2017 - three of them in the CLIENT I (International Partnerships for Sustainable Climate and Environmental Technologies and Services) plus one pre-project.

Bioeconomics

Vietnam is one of the priority partner countries in the BMBF announcement 'Bioeconomy International', which has provided funding since 2013. Up to now, three bilateral funding lines have been published together with the MoST. Currently, four joint projects are funded.

As part of the 'KMU Innovativ' announcement, a German company and the TU Berlin are working with Vietnamese partners to develop an innovative process for producing biogas from rice straw, taking into account climate protection and sustainable development in rural areas (2016-2019).

Sustainable urbanisation

In fast-growing cities in emerging and developing countries, there is often a lack of data and methods for effective, growth-oriented infrastructure planning. The aim of the funding measure 'Rapid Planning' is to develop a transsectoral planning methodology in which the sectors energy, water, wastewater, waste and urban agriculture systematically interlink. Two collaborative projects, coordinated by the AT-Verband Stuttgart and the BTU Cottbus, will be carried out on the example of Da Nangs (duration: 2014-2019).

In February 2017, an call on the 'Sustainable Development of Urban Regions' was published, target countries being the ASEAN states and China. Out of the 11 funded projects (6-month initial phase), three work exclusively with Vietnam and three with Vietnam and other countries. In addition to sustainable urban development, another focus of risk management projects is on extreme weather events.

Centres for Health Research

As part of the BMBF announcement 'Building a research presence in Southeast Asia', funding is being provided for the establishment of a 'Melioidosis and Burkholderia pseudomallei' (RENOMAN) research network. The soil bacterium B. pseudomallei is the pathogen that causes melioidosis, an infectious disease prevalent in the tropics and subtropics. Its global significance is increasingly acknowledged, although the disease has so far seen very little research. On the German side, the project is being coordinated by the Friedrich-Löffler Institute of Medical Microbiology at the University of Greifswald. Partners in Vietnam include the Bach Mai Hospital and the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology at Vietnam National University, both located in Hanoi (project duration: 2013-2017).

Another project from the latest APRA Announcement (2016) on setting up a 'Vietnamese-German Center of Excellence for Clinical Trials' (VG-EXEL) between the University of Tübingen and the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi has been funded since August 2017 for up to five years. Both projects are co-financed by the MoST.

Vietnamese-German University (VGU)

A comprehensive realignment of Vietnamese higher education policy is set to take place with the help of international support. The Vietnamese-German University (VGU) in Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's first state university with international stakeholders. The goal of the Vietnamese government is to establish a new model university which can be used as a template for the entire higher education system. The VGU (an initiative of Hessia) was officially launched on 10 September 2008.

With its 37 member universities and institutions (including the TU9 network), the consortium VGU founded on 17 February 2009 is the academic backbone of the VGU. Permanent guest members on the executive board are the DAAD, the BMBF and the Hessian Ministry of Science and Arts (HMWK).

The university's English-language courses are to be taught in an interim building on the campus of the Eastern International University in Binh Duong until the new campus building is ready. The VGU's own campus will be build in the next years located close to the current interim campus in the Binh Duong region. The building is being financed by the World Bank, which is providing funding in the region of 180 million US dollars.

There are currently 11 study programmes in cooperation with German partner universities (five MSc., One MBA, four BSc. And one BEng. Each with Foundation Year). The programmes focus on engineering and economics.

During the 2016/2017 winter semester, about 1.200 students are enrolled at the VGU. Capacity is expected to be increased to 12,000 students in three stages by 2030.

The role of the International Bureau

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the International Bureau supports the goal of expanding the international network of German universities, research institutions and companies, in order to facilitate the acquisition of expertise and innovative advantages for German science and industry. Thus, the International Bureau contributes to the implementation of the international dimension in the specialist programmes of the BMBF.