The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has collaborated with RMIT University to discuss the future of smart cities in Vietnam. The conference, which took place on Friday 22nd January 2021, aimed to unite experts in discussion about the possibilities for smart and sustainable cities. Together they looked in focus at the building blocks and key components using case studies on urban features from elsewhere that could be replicated in Vietnam.
Researchers and experts from Australia, Vietnam, Japan and Singapore all joined the conference which was the inaugural gathering on the topic. Throughout the day the leaders shared their experiences and observations of the planning tasks and policy challenges for the development of smart and sustainable cities worldwide.
The conference was joined virtually by participants and featured Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Dr Gillian Sparkes. Dr Sparkes gave a key-note address in the conference that promoted scientific and technological innovation as key components to the sustainable development of smart cities. Researchers cited the competitiveness between cities, the need to offer economically viable infrastructure and services, as well as social and economic stability and resilience as core challenges to their projects.
RMIT and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as a result of the event. The MOU seeks to initiate collaboration between the university and the committee that will raise the development seen in Vietnam to international standards. The partnership seeks to benefit not only the eight million plus inhabitants of Ho Chi Minh City, but also the students of RMIT who will be researching vanguard and applied practices in urban development and city design.
RMIT University has a history of successful collaboration with public and private sectors in Australia. RMIT Vietnam Chairman, Professor Peter Coloe, said the University hoped this most recent collaboration of the Smart Cities Forum 2021 would help see a long lasting impact in Vietnam.