Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

The Opening Ceremony of the International Conference on Interasian connections VI


On the morning of December 4th, 2018, at the No.1 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (Academy- VASS) collaborated with Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and this others organized the Opening Ceremony of the International Conference on Interasian connections VI.


Prof. Nguyen Quang Thuan made an opening speech at the workshop

Attending the Opening Ceremony included: Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of the Academy and Vice President of the Academy – Prof.Dr. Pham Van Duc; Assoc. Prof.Dr. Bui Nhat Quang and Prof.Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh; Dr. Alondra Nelson, President of SSRC; Dr. Mary McDonnell, Vice President of SSRC; Dr. Seteney Shami, Director of InterAsia Program, SSRC and more than 100 international scholars from over 20 countries and the scholars from academics in Vietnam, experts and academics of the Academy.

Asia with its rich history of culture, history, society and economy, which is playing an important role in the development of the world. Many scholars recognize the trend of connecting and cooperating among Asian countries has been increasingly. This connection is evident in two aspects: cross-border economic cooperation and the process of integrating and re-positioning the world order of Asia. With a number of dynamic countries such as China, India, new industrial economies (NIEs), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ... Asia is a growth engine of the world economy with an average annual growth rate of 6% over the last 25 years. The achievement of innovations in biotechnology and renewable energy are bringing rapid changes to life of the people in the region and around the world. Asia is also the world leader in poverty reduction; living standards, education and health outcomes are improving significantly. The growing interaction and influence in Asia is affecting the world, Asia is also deeply influenced by global development processes.

Opening speech at the workshop, on behalf of the Academic Leaders, Prof. Nguyen Quang Thuan warmly welcomes the participation of the participants; express his pleasure when Vass is the host of the 6th International Conference on InterAsian Connections VI to share and discuss topics on interAsian connectivity, regional issues from the perspective of international scholars. Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan appreciated the cooperation between VASS - SSRC in the past time; emphasizing the goals and messages of the Conference, which is the crossing of research programs, building a network of scientists to propose the new connections ways between the past, present and future, connecting Asia with the global.

Accordingly, Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan also affirmed that the hosting of this scientific conference is one of the important international cooperation activities of the Academy so that the Vietnamese scientists can exchange academic knowledge with international and regional scientists,  connecting  with the international scientific community to discuss Asian issues in close connection with global issues; to enhance the global community scholar’s  understanding  about Vietnam as well as the role and contribution of Vietnam in sloving regional and world problems.  

Prof.Dr. Alondra Nelson presented at the Ceremony      Dr. Mary Mc Donnell made a speech at the Ceremony

Welcoming speech at the ceremony, Dr. Mary McDonnell, Vice President of the SSRC appreciated highly the cooperation between SSRC and VASS during this time; introduced the structure, functions and research tasks of SSRC; expected to share and exchange ideas with Vietnamese scientists and scholars, creating the scientific knowledge overtake that transcends the knowledge of a nation, contributing developed new arguments to promote closely connection in Asian, Vietnam and the world.

At the ceremony, the delegates were listened to presentation by Dr.. Seteney Shami, Director of the InterAsia Program, SSRC introduced the method of interAsia Connections. Accordingly, the framework InterAsia’s method focuses on connection, interconnection, convergence, comparison, interaction, and toward to research topics: migration, religious networks, economic configuration, urban change, environmental politics ...

Prof.Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh presided over the discussion session              The Opening Ceremony Overview

After the presentation,  Prof.Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh presided over the same commentary of the Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Thai, Director of Vietnam Development Research Institute; Prof.Dr. Truong Quang Hoc, Director of Center for Ecological Community Development; Prof.Dr. Dang Canh Khanh, Director of the Institute for Traditional Research and Development. The speakers analyzed the innovation issues for sustainable development related to poverty reduction; climate change challenge for Vietnam; economic renovation model; sustainable development in society, so the people was the center of development and no one was left behind, ensuring social balance ...

In particular, at the Opening Ceremony, the scholars were listening to the lectures of Prof.Dr. Alondra Nelson, President of the SSRC with the theme "social knowledge and boundary crossing”. The presentation had been analyzed deeply and clearly the implication of crossing scientific boundaries, which is reflected in the interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary research method approach in the social sciences; The research results were shifted beyond the institutes boundaries and into various aspects of social life. President of SSRC emphasized that the Conference would open up the opportunities for scholars, experts and scientists to experience with new research methods, new innovations that crossing boundaries of institutional, organizational and this time, contributing to apply effectively the research results, that would propose appropriate policies to serve  the communities in the future.

The delegates took souvenir photo at the Ceremony

The International Conference on InterAsia Connection VI would take place from 5-7/12/2018 in Ninh Binh province with many sessions discussing important issues such as the new media industry, Islam socialistism model, political ecosystems, industry 4.0, China's road belt initiative, and other important topics would be discussed further by the scholars in the next days. The Conference’s results would further clarify Asia's position in the world; provided valuable information both theory and practice in Asia (Vietnam), that suggested appropriate development and integration policies.

Nguyen Thu Trang & Pham Vinh Ha




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