More than 40 academics from local universities have joined an RMIT seminar to learn about ethics and integrity in research. The workshop, held at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South campus late last month, aimed to raise awareness and provide information about research ethics and integrity, and related practical experience from RMIT professors and researchers.
Participants from several Vietnamese universities engaged in the discussions on various topics such as the legal and regulatory frameworks of research integrity, record keeping and reporting, authorship and collaborative agreements.
They also had the opportunity to learn more about the current research practices and rigorous governance procedures at RMIT University.
"Research ethics and integrity is still a new topic in Vietnamese universities as there are no policies about it. Each university develops their own research governance procedure," said Mr Nguyen Trung Tu from the Office of Project and Research Affairs, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City.
"I'm very pleased to be here and have a chance to learn about RMIT's research standards which aligns with Australia's standards," he said.
"I really hope RMIT Vietnam can organise more workshops like this in future so that more Vietnamese researchers can learn from RMIT's experience," Mr Tu added.
Besides the presentations, RMIT researchers also facilitated interactive sessions where participants were able to reflect on what they had heard and learn from each other's perspectives.
"The group work is really useful. The handouts and case studies are well selected to help us understand the concepts easily," said Mr Nguyen Ha Hung Chuong from the Physics Department of the University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City.
The workshop was a collaborative effort by RMIT Vietnam's Centre of Commerce and Management and RMIT University's Research and Innovation Portfolio to bring new insights about research ethics and integrity to the Vietnamese research community.