Information on RIKEN - Vietnam cooperation in Japanese
March 3, 1997 - Wako Campus of RIKEN
Recognizing the importance of helping in regenerating science and technology in Vietnam, as recommended by Professor Akito Arima, RIKEN's president at the International Conference on Perspective of Nuclear Physics in the Late Nineties (Hanoi, Vietnam March 14 -18, 1994), the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) of Japan and the Vietnam Atomic Energy Commission (VAEC) have signed on March 3, 1997 at the Wako campus of RIKEN the documents of the scientific cooperation between RIKEN and VAEC. This marks the first cooperation of this kind in the basic science between one of the biggest Japanese research institutions and one of the biggest national research institutions of Vietnam. The signing ceremony was the result of a project started in 1995 - one year after the above mentioned conference. In the closing speech at this conference Prof. A. Arima made the following recommendations to Vietnam:
After returning back to RIKEN, Prof. A. Arima initiated a project on the cooperation between RIKEN and VAEC. Prof. Arima's idea was received with great enthusiasm by Japanese and Vietnamese scientists and administrations of both institutions. As the results of a tireless work of the members of this project, by the end of 1995 the first draft of the project of a computer center for nuclear science (CCNS) has been created with the participation of two Japanese companies, who would provide the CCNS with the network, hardware and software. In July 1996 the members of the first RIKEN mission to Vietnam leaded by the RIKEN executive director Prof. Hiromichi Kamitsubo and including Dr. Atsushi Yoshida of RIKEN Radiation laboratory and Dr. Nguyen Dinh Dang of VAEC and RIKEN Cyclotron Laboratory, visited the VAEC and discussed with the VAEC staff members about the establishment of the CCNS. Later two scientists from the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technique (INST - VAEC) were trained by RIKEN computer experts during 4 months at the Wako campus to become the system managers of the future CCNS. At the official signing ceremony on March 3, 1997, two documents have been signed:
Prof. A. Arima as the RIKEN side and Dr. Nguyen Tien Nguyen - the director general of the VAEC - as the VAEC side signed the Agreement (1). The Supplementary Agreement (2) has been signed by Dr. Hiromichi Kamitsubo - executive director of RIKEN and head of SPring - 8 and by Dr. Nguyen Tien Nguyen. The vice-minister of Science & Technology and Environment of Vietnam Dr. Chu Hao, the director of the INST - VAEC Dr. Tran Thanh Minh, the representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy in Tokyo, Vietnamese and Japanese physicists working in RIKEN and other RIKEN staff-members witnessed the event. After the ceremony Prof. A. Arima hosted a lunch offered to the Vietnamese guests. A banquet celebrating the signing ceremony was held at the Hirosawa club of the Wako campus of RIKEN in the evening of the same day. The CCNS is planned to be inaugurated sometime within this year. The CCNS is expected to be the first powerful computer center of this kind in Vietnam, which will connect the VAEC and other research institutions and universities in Hanoi and later on in Vietnam to the international scientific community via the Internet. At the same time many Vietnamese scientists will have a powerful tools to carry the calculations of their own research works in Vietnam.
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Below are some pictures taken in the day of the signing ceremony.