HCM City aims to increase technology transfer from universities |  Society

HCM City aims to increase technology transfer from universities | Society

HCM City aims to promote technology transfer from universities hinh anh 1Speaking at the event is Huynh Kim Tuoc, executive director of the Saigon Innovation Hub (SiHub) Startup Support Center at the Science and Technology Department of HCM City. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Huynh Kim Tuoc, General Manager of the Saigon Innovation Center (SiHub) Start-up Support Center near HCM City’s Department of Science and Technology, affirmed that Vietnam has a huge potential for technology development and transfer due to its highly qualified experts and intellectuals with rich. experience in this field, especially young and talented human resources in universities.

Tuoc said at a recent workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on promoting the establishment of Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) in universities jointly organized by SiHub, Australia’s University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Singapore’s leading incubator fund Expara.

The workshop attracted a large number of domestic and foreign experts and representatives of universities in southern provinces and cities, who shared, discussed and evaluated the current situation, advantages, difficulties and challenges, and proposed effective models and solutions that would bring practical benefits. establishment of technology transfer offices in universities.

Over the past 50 years, Vietnam has focused its resources on education and research, but has not expanded the commercialization of research and inventions.

SiHub currently has about 300,000 technology research projects at universities across the country and a network of 100,000 technology companies around the world, Tuoc said.

“In the future, it is expected to develop the commercialization of university inventions and products in the country,” he said.

According to him, the center focuses on the development of the existing technology development potential in universities.

It recruits universities to advise, develop processes and organize machinery for technology transfer to commercialize scientific research and inventions that provide economic value.

Expara founder and CEO Douglas Abrams said Vietnam has great potential for high quality Human Resources and an entrepreneurial spirit that can significantly contribute to the technological development of the country.

He said that intellectual property from universities and research institutes is the basis for supporting new companies.

“The role of universities is to connect potential ideas, build strong teams and communicate with companies to successfully commercialize,” he said.

Nguyen Diep from UTS said the university’s technology transfer model is used by many partners.

“The number of inventions in Vietnamese universities is still very low compared to universities in Thailand and Singapore, but they have a lot of potential,” he said.

Experts pointed out a number of challenges in technology transfer and commercialization, such as the lack of clear orientation of the science and technology ecosystem, with little communication and interaction.

They agreed that local universities should be more actively involved in technology transfer activities, promote the quantity and quality of inventions and create technology transfer ecosystem with the participation of companies.

They also need to strengthen the legal framework, develop technical and financial infrastructure, promote creativity and innovation capacity, management capacity and investment in universities.

The workshop presented many successful models of university research commercialization, such as TNG Holdings Vietnam TTO and Saigon Hi-Tech Park Hi-Tech Business Incubation Center.

On this occasion, SiHub, UTS, Expara and universities of the southern region signed cooperation agreements to promote technology transfer activities in the coming years./.

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