Keisuke Uehara and Eliko Akashi traveled to Vietnam to promote collaboration and cooperation for SOI Asia programs EBA (Evidence-Based Approach) and APIE (Asia Pacific Internet Engineering). Ms. Do Thi Thuy Van, COO of Ominext and HUST-Keio alumnus, was the liaison between the SOI Asia team and local institutions.
On May 11, Uehara and Akashi visited the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Vietnam. They met Dr. Nguyen Binh Minh (the director of HUST’s Fintech Center), Dr. Dao Thanh Chung (School of Information and Communication Technology), and Dr. Nguyen Thi Xuan Hoa (vice director of HUST’s Fintech Center).
HUST joined SOI Asia in 2005 and was one of the initial members of the EBA Consortium (2012-2016). The institutions co-hosted an EBA fieldwork program in 2015, and HUST students actively participated in other EBA activities from 2013-2016.
In the following days, the SOI Asia team introduced EBA and APIE to the Vietnam National University’s Vietnam-Japan University (VNU-VJU) rector, Professor Motoo Furuta, and JICA’s Motoi Koike.
SOI Asia team also met with local companies such as HB Lab Joint Stock Co. (HBL) and Orainchain Labs, where parties explored the possibilities for hosting future APIE internship and EBA fieldwork programs.