08.12.2011 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

2011 South East Asian Regional Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

Ha Noi, 8 December 2011 – The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), UNESCO Viet Nam, the National Agency for Science and Technology Information (NASATI) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) hosted a four day workshop entitled “2011 South East Asian Regional Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators”.

Measuring science, technology and innovation (STI) is fundamental for the formulation of national STI strategies and policies. As Viet Nam moves towards a knowledge-based economy, accessibility to reliable information on STI is vital for the public and private sectors to develop better-informed policies and business decisions.

STI Indicators can be used to monitor global technological trends and to determine specific areas of investment. To be used effectively, indicators must be embedded in the policy process, requiring interaction between policy makers and statisticians. Policy makers must be able to formulate objectives, such as the need to feed more people, and programmes to move the economy and the society towards the objectives – e.g. genetic research for new crop breeds, or better diagnostics for food safety. Statisticians can then formulate research and development (R&D) survey questions to provide information on the state of these programmes (funding, number of researchers), their outcomes (number of new plant breeds), and impacts (amount of food delivered to market). Good indicators of R&D and innovation lend themselves to comparisons over time, with various subsectors of the economy, or with other socio-economic indicators.

UIS, the statistical branch of UNESCO, was established in 1999 to meet the growing needs of the international community for statistics in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and communication. Through activities such as a biennial R&D survey, the aim of UIS is to build a global database that covers a range of indicators related to human and financial resources devoted to R&D. With the support of UIS, NASATI will carry out an R&D survey for Viet Nam in 2012. NASATI’s knowledge of the local context will allow UIS to build upon its experience in international data collection, and develop methodological guidance for Viet Nam and other countries.

The workshop brought together more than 30 researchers who work in the field of science and technology policy and statistics from 11 South East Asian countries and territories. Participants shared and discussed a range of topics including current and future trends, and their country’s experiences in utilizing STI statistics.

At the opening address, Dr. Le Dinh Tien, Vice-Minister of MOST, said that the absence of relevant indicators is often a major obstacle for design and implementation of STI policies in developing countries. Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, said that the collective experience of UIS and NASATI to conduct the 2012 R&D surveys will contribute to Viet Nam’s continued progress towards becoming a knowledge economy.

For more information, please contact:
Giap Dao Huy, Science Programme Coordinator for UNESCO Ha Noi | dh.giap(at)unesco.org

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