To advance Vietnam's science and technology industry, a group of Vietnamese students have received a prestigious scholarship to undertake their PhD studies at the University of Sydney. Their goals include advancing vehicle localisation, improving methods for diagnosing frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and finding new treatments for skin cancer.
The PhD candidates will undertake projects across the faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine and Health. The USYD Vingroup scholarship will cover their tuition fees, travel expenses and a living stipend for the duration of their candidature.
The scholarship is co-funded by Vingroup and the University of Sydney. It is available for outstanding higher degree by research (HDR) students in the faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine and Health.
The recipients for 2023 include Tran Hoang Khoi Nguyen (Nguyen Tran) from the Faculty of Engineering, Do Tran Minh Hiep (Hiep Do) from the Faculty of Science and Luong Nguyen Dac Thuy (Thuy Luong) from the Faculty of Medicine and Health.
Nguyen Tran hopes to make self-driving vehicles more reliable and one step closer to operating in everyday life across complex environments. His PhD will focus on facilitating robust vehicle localisation and mapping for different environments by fusing diverse sensing modalities with complementary characteristics.
“I admire the scholarship’s mission to bring graduates back to Vietnam to share their knowledge with the community. I plan to become an academic in Vietnam, share my passion for robotics, and foster the same enthusiasm with the future generation,” he said.
Nguyen looks forward to working with the Australian Centre for Robotics, whose research has inspired his career and aspirations. He is excited to begin his life in Sydney and explore what the University and city have to offer.
Hiep Do is researching translational clinical outcomes for FTD by combining machine learning analysis and multimodal neuroimaging. His PhD aims to improve the clinical outcome of FTD patients by advancing the disease's diagnosis and prognosis.
For him, the ability to work with renowned researchers at the University of Sydney and access the University’s network of researchers at other Australian universities is a great opportunity that will help propel his academic career. “I want to contribute to the development of science and technology in Vietnam by advancing mental health and brain health science. The chance to connect with my fellow Vingroup scholars and industry experts makes me excited for my future in Sydney.”
Hiep is also excited to see Sydney’s iconic landscapes and immerse himself in the city’s diverse culture
Thuy Luong will focus his PhD on the genetic mechanism of squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. As the second most common form of skin cancer, novel therapies are needed to improve treatment efficacy and survival prognosis.
“Studies on the mechanism of skin cancer and their practical applications for new treatments are relatively new in Vietnam. This scholarship will help me return to Vietnam and contribute to the development of my country.”
After completing his PhD, Thuy hopes to help other international students study at the University and experience Sydney's incredible education opportunities and life experiences.