British Council

Monday 26 February 2024 - 14:00 to Tuesday 27 February 2024 - 17:30
Hanoi University of Science and Technology

Under the Going Global Partnership Funds by the British Council, the project 'Towards excellence in research and knowledge transfer: a global partnership approach' will deliver a workshop and a conference from 26–27 February 2024. This is a collaboration between five universities: University of Portsmouth, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, University of Mining and Geology and Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City.

The overall aim of the project is to propose initial guidelines on the high-level design of a research assessment framework in Vietnam, which will be considered by the relevant Ministries for further development, in consultation with the stakeholders involved. This framework is suggested to be called Research Excellence in Viet Nam (REV). Through the development of REV, the project will help support Vietnamese universities to achieve excellence in research and knowledge transfer as informed by the framework, positioning Viet Nam as a key global player in the higher education landscape.

The project has looked at the initial development of REV and how it may be successfully implemented in Viet Nam. In developing REV, the panel has drawn significant experience and knowledge from the REF in the UK and has also examined other research assessment mechanisms in the EU, Australia, Hong Kong, and other Southeast Asian countries.

1. Workshop: Research output assessment: peer review and metrics (face-to-face)

Date: 14.00–16.30 (Viet Nam time), 26 February 2024.

Venue: Hanoi University of Science and Technology.


  • to understand the definitions of research outputs in different academic disciplines.
  • to look at how research outputs may be assessed according to its originality, significance and rigour through worked examples.
  • to examine how research outputs may be best assessed by peer review and metrics.

Audience: Academics and administrators of Vietnamese higher education institutions who are involved in research assessment are invited to take part in this workshop. This is a practical workshop, and numbers will be limited to 40 participants.

2. Conference: Research Excellence in Vietnam (REV) (hybrid)

Date: 14.00–16.30 (Viet Nam time), 27 February 2024.

Venue: Hanoi University of Science and Technology.


  • to present the Research Excellence in Viet Nam (REV) framework developed by the expert panel appointed by the project team.
  • to understand the assessment of research outputs, impact and environment in the framework.
  • to discuss the benefits and potential impact of REV on higher education institutions in Viet Nam.
  • to discuss strategies and recommendations of the project team that will support the implementation of REV.
  • to look at how international collaboration may enhance the research outputs, impact and environment in Viet Nam.

Audience: Academics and administrators of higher education institutions in Viet Nam and the UK, key stakeholders involved in research assessment.

Agenda (tentative): The first part of the conference will be conducted in hybrid mode, where participants may join the event either physically or online. The second part will be for physical participation only.

Time Topic Presenter
14.00–14.30 (VN)  Arrival and tea/ coffee reception  
Part 1: Moderator: Dr Bui Thi Ngoc Thuy (hybrid) – Hanoi University of Science and Technology

14.30–14.45 (VN)

7.30–7.45 (UK)

Opening speeches by:

  • Representative of the Ministry of Education and Training Vietnam (TBC)
  • Donna McGowan, Country Director, British Council in Viet Nam

14.45–15.05 (VN)

7.30–7.45 (UK)

Research Excellence in Viet Nam (REV): the proposed framework Prof Raymond Lee – University of Portsmouth

15.05–15.35 (VN)

7.45–8.05 (UK)

Invited presentations by previous UK REF panel chair/member

Prof Bruce Brown – Staffordshire University

Prof Nachiappan Chockalingam – Staffordshire University

15.35–15.50 (VN)

7.45–8.05 (UK)

Scopus: tracking, analysing, and visualising research Elsevier staff

15.50–16.00 (VN)

8.05–9.00 (UK)

 Comfort break  
16.00–16.30 (VN)

9.00–9.30 (UK)

Q&A and general discussion: Benefits and potential impact of REF Moderator: Dr Nguyen Thi Hoai Nga – University of Mining and Geology

 Part 2 (face-to-face only): Moderator: Mr Alastair Morrison – Bournemouth University

16.30–17.00 (VN)

Participants will be divided into groups to discuss the impact of international collaboration on:

  • Research outputs
  • Research engagement and impact
  • Research culture and environment
Group facilitators: Assoc Prof Pham Van Tuan, Dr Pham Xuan Thao, Dr Bui Binh Tien/ Dr Trinh Ngoc Nam
17.00–17.20 (VN)

Group reports

17.20–17.30 (VN)

Closing remarks by:

  • Dr Tran Nam Tu, Deputy Director General, Department for Science, Technology and Environment, Ministry of Education and Training 
  • Prof Huynh Quyet Thang, President, Hanoi University of Science and Technology