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Top Swedish universities to attend “Innovative Sweden” program in Vietnam this month

Top Swedish universities will partake in a three-week program on Sweden’s innovations organized by the Swedish Embassy in Vietnam this month to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"Innovative Sweden" featuring the European country’s innovations will be organized in Ho Chi Minh City from November 10 to 30, 2014.
“Innovative Sweden” featuring the European country’s innovations will be organized in Ho Chi Minh City from November 10 to 30, 2014.

An event called “Study in Sweden,” with five top universities from Sweden attending to paint a picture of the European country’s education system, will take place as part of the “Innovative Sweden” program which will run from November 10 to 30 in Ho Chi Minh City, the embassy announced Wednesday at a press conference.

The program aims at showcasing Swedish innovations and creativity as well as facilitating an exchange of ideas between Sweden and Vietnam, according to the organizers.

“Innovative Sweden” will be held by the Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam in cooperation with the Swedish Institute and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sweden-Vietnam diplomatic relations.

It is scheduled to include a series of activities including one major exhibition and 18 other sideline events which will be held mainly at Hoa Sen University at 8 Nguyen Van Trang Street, District 1.

The main activity, “Innovative Sweden,” is an exhibition which has taken place in over 20 countries including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, China, Japan, Germany, and South Korea.

It is intended to give a glimpse of groundbreaking Swedish high-tech innovations from four categories, including information and communication technology, life science, clean technology, and gaming.

Innovations to be displayed include the most advanced technologies such as a leading-edge portable camera, ocular-controlled computer technology, and learning physics through gaming.

The exhibition will be open from 8:00 to 17:00 every day to the public at Hoa Sen University during the program’s three-week run.

Speaking at the press conference, Elenore Kanter – Deputy Head of Mission, Counselor at the Swedish Embassy – said that the exhibition will also serve as a platform for Sweden to have dialogue with Vietnam in order to share experience in Swedish innovations and how to become more innovative.

The sideline events will consist of business seminars, an exhibit of photos from the “Swedish Innovations through Vietnamese Lenses” series launched by the embassy in August, a film festival showcasing five Swedish movies, a music festival, and a gaming fest.

“Innovations are crucial for economic growth and development. We hope to share some insights with Vietnam of how innovations have contributed to make Sweden the developed nation it is today,” Kanter said.

“We believe that through ‘Innovative Sweden,’ the Vietnamese public will get to know a little bit more about Sweden, its companies, its universities, and its culture,” she added.

Vietnam and Sweden established diplomatic relations in 1969.