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Visiting IRSD, IMHEN, NCHMF and NEU in Vietnam

         One of the APEC Research Center for Typhoon and Society’s goals is to maintain good relationships with APEC member economies and offer a platform for them to exchange research results. With the assistance of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vietnam, the CEO of the ACTS, Dr. Cheng-Shang Lee led his team along with the Deputy Director-General of the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) and an Associate Researcher from the CWB, Dr. Der-Song Chen to visit related Vietnam institutions and sought collaborations.

1. Institute of Regional Sustainable Development (IRSD), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS)
         The Director General, Dr. Bui Quang Tuan, Deputy Director, Nguyen Dinh Chuc of IRSD and their team welcomed the ACTS. Both parties presented the current research projects related to climate change and found similarities of their tasks. The IRSD and the ACTS have reached a consensus to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for further collaboration in the future.

Prof. Ching-Cheng Change gave an introduction of the on-going research projects of the ACTS to the representatives of the IRSD
Dr. Cheng-Shang Lee dedicating a gift to Dr. Bui Quang Tuan

2. Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (IMHEN), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
Group photo taken at the IMHEN

         The ACTS had invited IMHEN to attend the 2016 APEC Typhoon Symposium (APTS) earlier this year. With the previous connection, the ACTS also visited them during this trip. The Director General Nguyen Van Thang, Deputy Director General, Dr. Huynh Thi Lan Huong of the IMHEN and their group welcomed the ACTS. Both parties exchanged their current research works and the ACTS proposed to hold a joint APEC workshop next year in Vietnam. A MOU could be followed.

3. The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), National Hydro-Meteorological Services, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
Group photo taken at the NCHMF

         Welcomed by the Deputy Director, Dr. Dang Thanh Mai and her colleagues, the ACTS was pleasant to visit the NCHMF. The ACTS also had previous connection with the NCHMF by having their personnel to attend 2016 APTS. During the visit, the NCHMF had shared their missions, observation systems and their future strategy and development with us. The ACTS also presented our latest techniques to help with weather forecasting.

4. The National Economics University (NEU)
Group photo taken at the NEU

         Having signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the National Economics University (NEU) in 2016, the ACTS visited the NEU to strengthen the bilateral relationship and further discussed about possible collaborations between two parties. A “Taiwan Studies” project funded by the Ministry of Education was raised during this meeting. Currently, the two parties are working toward to propose this joint project and exchange personnel.