French Embassy in Vietnam - a bridge towards cooperation between VNU-USSH and major universities in France

Wednesday - 28/06/2023 03:55
On June 27, 2023, the representative of University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University (VNU-USSH) hosted a meeting with Prof. Dominique Laffly - Attaché in charge of Science and Universities, French Embassy in Vietnam.
Attending the meeting were Assoc.Prof.Dr. Dao Thanh Truong - Vice Rector of the school, representative of the Department of Cooperation and Development, Faculty of Psychology, University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
At the meeting, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Dao Thanh Truong shared the goal of developing the USSH - VNU striving to become a research university, continuing to affirm its leading position in research and training in the field of social sciences and humanities in Vietnam, aiming towards the group of 150 leading universities in Asia by 2025, and in the group of 100 leading universities in the continent and on a par with advanced universities (group 500) of the world by 2035. The university promotes research cooperation and development projects with partners and scientific agencies at home and abroad, attracting international experts and scientists to give lectures, scientific seminars and conduct research activities.
With the achievements and scientific prestige of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU, Prof. Dominique Laffly proposed to invite VNU-USSH to participate in Eramus+ Program projects on teacher exchange and capacity building for VNU-USSH instructors. In addition, GS. Dominique Laffly also introduced a number of French scholarship programs for graduate students and doctoral students of the school, introduced science and technology cooperation through scholarships for students, PhD students, Lecturer in the humanities and social sciences. At the meeting, Prof. Dominique Laffly has given some advice to the Vietnamica project implemented by VNU-USSH since 2019.
Before ending his term as Attaché for University and Science Cooperation in August, Prof. Dominique Laffly is committed to continuing to be a bridge between French universities and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU in particular and with universities in Vietnam in general.

The University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU has welcomed many international scientists to visit and collaborate on research, including many French scientists. Since 2019, VNU-USSH has been one of three key members of the Vietnamica Project on historical research and digitization of Vietnamese epitaph documents (funded by the European Research Council ERC) which has attracted many esteemed scientists. Professor Philippe Papin - Vietnamese expert at the French Institute for Advanced Study EPHE is the project manager with the support of the French Embassy in Vietnam and agencies of the two countries have worked in Vietnam under the auspices of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities from 1/2023 to the end of 2024. The objective of the project is to analyze and process the printed manuscript from thousands of inscriptions carved in Vietnamese villages from the 16th to the 20th centuries. These inscriptions inscribed with Chinese characters mixed with Nom have opened up new perspectives to outline the history of religion, belief, economy and social structure in rural Vietnam. In addition to in-depth historical research, including monographs on offerings related to village worship sites, the Vietnamica Project also focuses on processing the entire waterfall of inscriptions using technological techniques related to the digital humanities.
Within the framework of the project, in addition to the research and publishing activities of the lecturers, about 10 students and doctoral students in the fields of Han Nom, Archeology, History, etc., were awarded Vietnamica scholarships( more than 100 million VND/student) to study at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Author: Thùy Dzung - USSH Media. Translator: Dai Huu

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