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Vietnam, Australia strengthen cooperation for Industry 4.0

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Representatives of the Vietnamese and Australian governments committed to fostering cooperation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) transformation at the second Australia-Vietnam Collaboration on Industry 4.0 roundtable on December 8.

As Vietnam is accelerating to Industry 4.0, the country has committed to actively embracing technology, developing partnerships with Australia, and promoting policies’ framework for science, technology and innovation.

The Ministry of Science and Technology has also emphasized that science, technology and innovation solutions must be applicable, and this requires strong collaboration between industry and universities to work together for research implementation.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy presented the ministry’s key directions for Vietnam to embrace Industry 4.0 strategically in 2022 and beyond.

The deputy minister emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships to promote the commercialization of research and make research applicable. Further, the application of technology must go together with developing policy and legal frameworks that allow for the application of the technologies.

Moreover, digital transformation must be deep and wide, in which the mindset of the people must be the center of the transformation.

“Industries and universities must strengthen collaborations more, and by doing so, achieve solutions for Industry 4.0. We encourage industries and universities to take advantage of government funding to serve the research purpose,” he said.

“We look forward to supporting further collaborative initiatives not just on a governmental level, but also among academia and industry in both countries.”

RMIT University and its industry partners showcased the Australian experience in digitalization and research engagement with industry in relevant areas of Industry 4.0 such as industrial artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain, cloud computing, additive manufacturing, and cyber security.

Professor Aleks Subic, RMIT Deputy Vice Chancellor (STEM College) and Vice President Digital Innovation, said, “We know there will be new jobs that emerge in this post-Covid world driven by technology advancements. So we need to be ready to meet this challenge with the right capabilities and skills. Our challenge is to enable new models of collaboration to drive the development of new skills at scale and pace.”

“It is only through partnerships between industry, higher education and government that we will be ready to take on this challenge, provide globally transformative education and high impact research, and invest in digital innovation across sectors,” he said.

As part of the event, RMIT University signed an aide-memoire with the Vietnam Institute of Science Technology and Innovation (VISTI) under the Ministry of Science and Technology. This new agreement will promote the bilateral partnership within the framework of science, technology and innovation programs, tasks, and projects at the national and other levels.

RMIT University and the institute will build programs, models and resources to develop and improve the management capacity in science, technology and innovation for the public and private sectors in Vietnam. Moreover, both parties will participate in policy research related to promoting science, technology and innovation.

The second Australia-Vietnam Collaboration on Industry 4.0 roundtable was jointly held by RMIT University and VISTI. It expanded on the foundation laid by the inaugural roundtable in December 2020, which focused on cooperation for the digitalization of the manufacturing industry and related supply chains in Vietnam.

The second roundtable welcomed representatives from the Vietnamese and Australian governments, universities, as well as leading Vietnamese and global corporations such as Siemens, Adobe, Ericsson, Vietnam Electricity, Vietnam Airlines, Dat Xanh Services and Vingroup.

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