Introduction

Context

In a unique adventure in the scientific world, the Association «Rencontres du Vietnam» under the direction of its founder Jean Tran Thanh Van, has developed a close network of international cooperation for scientific research around the entire world for almost 20 years  . It organizes high-level Conferences in Vietnam which attract research scientists from developed and emerging nations allowing young Asian students to meet with top scientists all the way to Nobel Laureates.

In order to give even more scope to this North-South cooperation, “Rencontres du Vietnam” is now engaged in the creation of a new international interdisciplinary center in the heart of Vietnam, on an area of 20 hectares (approximately 50 acres) at the edge of the East Sea.

Beyond the scientific and bilateral rapprochement between France and Vietnam, and beyond that of Europe, North America and Southeast Asia, the creation of this Center represents an extraordinary opportunity for a limited number of founding partners to associate themselves with a project of high cultural, scientific, and educational value, which has already received the support of the Vietnamese government.

Objectives

To promote North-South cooperation and develop education through a privileged partnership.

The rapid economic development of emerging nations in the Asian-Pacific zone generally contrasts with their level of scientific and technological development. The increasing awareness of this gap has resulted in the high demand for collaborations, in fundamental research as much as in technological transfers and applications, which today opens up a large range of potential cooperations in Asia.

It is well known that this region of the world is characterized by the youth of its population, and by the constant progress achieved in university education. To give opportunities to students from all these countries to take part in scientific projects with a strong international dimension constitutes an issue and a challenge of first rate importance for the countries and institutions involved as much as for the individuals concerned.

To help the emerging nations to develop their potential fully, one must consider the scientific instruction of their youth; and in this aspect the developed nations can play a major role. Their actions will serve to define the adaptation of new technologies to different economic, social, and environmental contexts, and this effort will open up new industrial and commercial opportunities.

It is in this spirit – which involves both cooperation and education – that the International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) is being created: young research scientists and engineers specializing in different fields, will be able to exchange ideas and experiences, in an atmosphere propitious to the development of their knowledge and the enrichment of their personalities.


Why Vietnam ?

Having become a major player in the development of the Asian-Pacific region, Vietnam is now ready to become the ideal partner and location for the projected ICISE. The nation has strong ties with France and North America as well as with other countries in the region. Besides it can boast a large number of high quality and high level students open to new ideas and technological innovation.

The “Rencontres du Vietnam” Association, and its founder Jean Tran Thanh Van, have developed local and governmental contacts whose support is essential for the organization of this Project. For years the Association has organized regular conferences, workshops and research encounters across Vietnam.

Besides, the Vietnamese government has given its total support to those efforts; and on various occasions, the President of Vietnam has received delegations of visiting scientists at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi for a discussion on new discoveries and future developments in science.

The International Center : an ambitious project in a friendly environment

The ICISE will be constructed at Quy Nhon, a small town situated on the east coast of Vietnam, one hour north by air from Ho-Chi-Minh City (Saigon). It is an exceptional location near the sea, on an area of 20 hectares (50 acres), which has been offered by the provincial authorities to the “Rencontres du Vietnam” Association.

In its initial stage, the Center will consist of a Conference Building, with Auditoriums, seminar rooms, and offices for study and research. It will welcome national and international Conferences, specialized professional colloquia, as well as selected Thematic Schools, in particular for doctoral students.

In future stages, the Center should be complemented by several other elements :
– A planetarium will be constructed on high ground, and shall welcome groups of school children and university students, to inspire their interest in the marvelous enigmas of the Universe. An Exhibition Room and a Library with «hands-on» demonstrations and apparatus (based on the methods of the “Main-à-la-Pâte” and “Les petits débrouillards” projects in France) will complete this structure to give the general public a taste for learning throught research and the pleasure it gives.
– An Engineering School, providing Master-level professional instruction, will be set up, in collaboration with top international universities.
– A Hotel resort of international standard will be constructed next to ICISE along its maritime façade principally to welcome the Conference participants. While giving priority to the activities of the Center,according to the terms of their joint partnership, the resort will benefit from the rapid development of tourism in the region which will enhance the notoriety of the Center with a larger public.

The architectural office selected for the creation of ICISE is Studio Milou Architecture founded by Jean-Francois MILOU in 1995. Studio Milou Architecture has recently won the world wide competition to design the National Museum of Art in Singapore.  Studio Milou Architecture with branches in Paris and Singapore is known for its expertise in designing architectures with a cultural or educational programme.


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