Report on the VJSE-2005 at Osaka University
November 5-6, 2005 
Giang Thanh Long (VDF Tokyo/PhD Student at GRIPS)

Continuing with the success and experience of the first Vietnamese-Japanese Studentsf Scientific Exchange (VJSE) Meeting in 2004, the second VJSE-2005 Meeting was held at Osaka University on November 5-6. It provided various opportunities for students and researchers to exchange not only academic ideas but also cultural activities.

Solidarity - Cooperation - Development
was slogan of VJSE-2005

The opening ceremony was held at the Sigma Hall with the participation of many Japanese professors, Vietnamese young and senior researchers as well as Vietnamese officials. They all highly appreciated VJSE and its activities that link Vietnamese and Japanese people in in a number of aspects. 

This was the second time that VDF Tokyo became one of the sponsors of the VJSE Meeting. Recently, VDF Tokyo is getting known to both Vietnamese and Japanese students, particularly in Kanto and Kansai areas. VDF publications in a number of fields related to the development of Vietnam were in display at VJSE, attracting the attention of the participants.

VDF publications at VJSE-2005  

There were 6 sessions in VJSE-2005: Session 1 (Environment and Chemistry), Session 2 (Physics and Material Sciences), Session 3 (Informatics Technologies), Session 4 (Earth and Global Sciences), Session 5 (Medicine and Biology), and Session 6 (Economics and Development).

Active participation and discussion were the most interesting aspect of the Economics and Development Session

The Economics and Development Session, supported by VDF Tokyo, was successful and impressive. It attracted not only participants with economic background but also others. All presentations focused on emerging development issues of Vietnam, from growth history to exchange rate management and poverty reduction. There were five oral presentations and three display presentations.

Mr. Giang Thanh Long (VDF & GRIPS) presenting gDesigning a Non-contributory Pension Scheme in Vietnamh

Mr. Nguyen Duc Thanh (VDF & GRIPS) presenting gStructural Change and Economic Performance of Vietnam, 1976-2000h

VDF researchers actively participated in the session by presenting completed or on-going studies. Comments and suggestions at the session were acknowledged, and more comprehensive and concrete and practical policy studies would be conducted in the coming time.

Mr. Pham Truong Hoang (VDF & Yokohama National University) leading the discussion of the second part

The final part of VJSE-2005 was the cultural exchange program, in which both Vietnamese and Japanese students performed songs, dramas, and a very impressive gao daih show.

Vietnamese students at Kobe University performing the famous song gVietnam - My Homelandhc

c and Japanese students of Osaka University presenting an emotional drama about a poor student who made great efforts to succeed.

Next year, VJSE-2006 will be held at Kobe University. If you are interested, feel free to join. Click the VJSE official website at