News Archive

April 2004

U.S. and Vietnamese officials announced scholarships yesterday for 71 Vietnamese students to study in the United States next year as part of a program to improve the quality of scientific education and research in Vietnam. "These are 71 tremendous ambassadors to strengthen the relationship between Vietnam and the United States," said Rep. George Miller, D-Concord, who played a key role in shepherding the program through U.S. Congress.

April 2004

The Vietnam Education Foundation held a media briefing today at the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel on several current projects in which it is involved. Mr. Chung W. Kim, President of the Korea Institute for Advanced Study and Member of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation, will discuss the results of a major seminar supported by VEF during which top Vietnamese, U.S. and international science figures discussed a possible Millennium Science Initiative for Vietnam. Article here.

December 2003

Brain drain: The persistent out-migration of many of the best young minds cripples societies in the developing world by removing future leaders, educators and researchers--those required to develop a modern community that includes science and technology. The effects of brain drain are exacerbated by governments' weak support for whatever talent remains in science education. In Africa, for example, faculty are so severely underpaid that most of them must take second and even third jobs to survive, and their teaching loads are heavy.

October 2003

Already in this young century, mathematics has continued to strengthen its internal development, extend its interactions with the sciences and engineering and open new partnerships in fields beyond science. As the uses of mathematics proliferate, so does the imperative for every nation to develop and maintain a "critical mass" of mathematics researchers and educators. Unfortunately, the mathematics communities of many developing countries have been weakened by years of brain drain, civil unrest, and inadequate educational resources.

May 2003

The World Bank today approved a $25.26 million loan to strengthen development of science and technology in Chile, to spread innovation and increase competitiveness and economic growth. The Science for the Knowledge Economy Project will fund research in science and technology, while supporting the Government of Chile in its efforts to establish an integrated approach to scientific learning and technological innovation.