06 criteria for recognition of strong research groups in higher education institutions in Vietnam

06 criteria for recognition of strong research groups in higher education institutions in Vietnam
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What are the criteria for recognition of strong research groups in higher education institutions in Vietnam? - Thanh Huy (Gia Lai, Vietnam)

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Regarding this issue, LawNet would like to answer as follows:

1. What is a strong research group in a higher education institution?

According to Clause 3, Article 2 of Decree 109/2022/ND-CP, a strong research group in a higher education institution is a collective of scientists led by a reputable, capable and highly qualified scientist at the higher education institution who leads and develop an interdisciplinary, long-term, pioneering and breakthrough research direction; have research objectives, plans and contents in each specific period to create products of high scientific and practical value, associated with doctoral training and post-doctoral research.

2.  Criteria for recognition of strong research groups in higher education institutions in Vietnam

Specifically, in Article 8 of Decree 109/2022/ND-CP, strong research groups in higher education institutions in Vietnam are established and recognized under the following conditions and criteria:

(1) Human resources to join a strong research group in a higher education institution include:

- Prestigious domestic and foreign scientists of the same research orientations of the strong research group who participate in the form of collaborators or other suitable forms of cooperation;

- Lecturers, researchers and students with the same research orientations from higher education institutions, research institutes and related organizations and individuals.

(2) Strong research groups in a higher education institution are formed and developed on the basis of existing and active research groups, which have been selected, recognized and supported by the higher education institution as to support mechanisms and resources for development.

(3) A strong research group in a higher education institution consists of a team leader, 5 key members or more, and an unlimited number of members.

Members of a strong research group must meet the criteria specified in Article 9 of Decree 109/2022/ND-CP and not commit one of the prohibited acts under the law on science and technology, and not be in the period of disciplinary action in the form of reprimand or higher or criminal judgment enforcement.

(4) A higher education institution being the organization leading a strong research group must have facilities and laboratories suitable to the main research orientations of the strong research group; have research cooperation activities with foreign organizations and individuals; have successfully cooperated with enterprises or higher education institutions, other research institutes in scientific research and technology transfer.

(5) A strong research group in a higher education institution must have a stable development plan with qualified and age-appropriate human resources; have a plan to increase the quantity and quality of scientific and technological products in a period of 5 years;

The activities of the strong research group need to be linked with the activities of the departments and laboratories at the organization leading the strong research group and cooperate closely with domestic and foreign organizations and enterprises.

(6) Strong research groups in higher education institutions can access advanced, modern, breakthrough and interdisciplinary research orientations; have research orientation explanation and development plan for 5 years; and have products of the research tasks in the first 5 years that meet the following criteria:

- Stable publication and average annual publication of at least 10 articles in scientific journals in the Web of Science (WoS) database for natural sciences and engineering, at least 10 articles in scientific journals in the WoS and Scopus database for the humanities and social sciences; there is an increase in the quality of articles through being published in international journals with high impact and citation indexes;

- Publish at least 01 monograph or 02 books and textbooks;

- Training 05 doctorates in the 5-year period of performing the tasks;

- Granted on average each year at least 01 invention patent or 02 utility solution patents or 02 plant variety patents with widespread social influence;

- Transferring at least 05 production technologies or commercializing at least 05 scientific and technological products into practice for the community or having 01 national science and technology product recognized in the 5-year period of performing the tasks.

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