ASU hosted representatives from the National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPASS) during September 13-16, 2016. NISTPASS is a research organization under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), whose mandate is to lead the formulation of strategies, policies and mechanisms to support science and technology initiatives in Vietnam.
The delegation was comprised of Assistant Professor Hoang Minh, President; Bach Tan Sinh, Deputy-Director; and Nguyen Vo Hung, Director of the Department of Innovation Policy and Technology Market.
During the visit, the group studied ASU and cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area for various collaboration models that foster entrepreneurship and innovation. The delegation was hosted by Ji Mi Choi, Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs at ASU.
The visit included meetings at the ASU-Chandler Innovation Center, a public-private partnership between the City of Chandler and ASU to foster start-ups, SME development and venture creation; a tour of Skysong, the ASU-Scottsdale Innovation Center, a business incubator and accelerator; meetings with representatives from the City of Phoenix to understand the Phoenix entrepreneurial ecosystem; and meetings with the Fulton Schools Startup Center, and the W.P. Carey School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship.
With the information gathered at ASU, NISTPASS will be presenting a proposal to MoST to develop a national strategy in Vietnam to support science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship activities that can contribute to the improvement of labor productivity in Vietnam.
BY JOSE QUIROGA
September 30, 2016