HANOI, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's National Agency for Science and Technology Information and Ministry of Science and Technology officially inaugurated the fourth phase of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN4) in capital Hanoi on Friday.
The TEIN comprises four stages and ultimately aims to develop high-capacity information network infrastructure to strengthen science and research activities in Asia and Europe, reported state- run Voice of Vietnam.
Vietnam officially connected to the TEIN network's second phase in 2006 and immediately established the Vietnam Research and Education Network (VinaREN) to improve domestic science and technology understanding and innovation.
The VinaREN has helped connect local research and training institutions to the regional and international research community, promoting cooperation and collaboration on a global scale that directly feeds back into the country's industrialization and modernization process.
Vietnam began preparing for TEIN's fourth phase in 2012, aiming to contribute to international research projects on healthcare, meteorology and agriculture.
Addressing the ceremony, Tran Viet Thanh, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, cited Vietnam's TEIN4 connection as proof of the effort the country has invested in information infrastructure development and interregional connectivity.
Thanh said inaugurating TEIN4 is a landmark of national scientific and technological progress. He asked the VinaREN network and Vietnam's science and technology community to make use of TEIN4's advantages effectively and improve VinaREN's over the 20142020 period.