I ended my workday with a meeting with the Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Federation. It was my third meeting. We are now planning a December event focusing on innovation and commercialization. I believe initiatives need to be student-led and I have been told that if you want things to take place in universities, then it is necessary to have the Federation involved.
The story of how I met him is somewhat interesting. I was organizing the student group AIESEC to become involved with the MOST-NATEC funded Vietnam Climate Innovation Center (www.vietnamcic.org) and they said the group was very influential but for some reason relations weren't great between the groups in HCMC. So, I contacted someone I know in the government and asked for a contact to see if I could help. I was given the Vice Chair's name and set up a meeting. During the second meeting he gave me the assignment of designing an event for December. During the third meeting, we created the December event together. More will come on this soon.
In addition to these meetings, I also had an interesting post on the group I created to organize university student - University Startups - Hanoi (http://bit.ly/2fCx1nb). National Economics University held a really interesting event today (4 November, 2016) on entrepreneurship, with lots of international experts. My criticism is two-fold, though. First, I don't know what was sustainable because there isn't any announcement of anything. Second, the only professors are those from NEU so it remained an insular event. I think, and this is based on reading Best Practice reports, that universities need to break out of their silos and interact with other universities. That is how faculty and students will come in contact with new ideas and innovations will take place.