The Vietnam Industry Innovation Research (VIIR) is a joint initiative between VinUniveristy and the Portulans Institute (PI). PI was founded and was presided by Professor Soumitra Dutta, Dean of the Saïd Business School at Oxford University, originator of the Global Innovation Index (GII), and a member of the VinFuture Prize Council. The VIIR project aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of industry innovation for Vietnam.

The VIIR project revolutionizes innovation evaluation by delving into not only the national ecosystem but also industry and organizational-level innovation. It recognizes that the elements of industrial innovation can typically be classified into two overarching categories: the first category refers to the economy’s comprehensive ecosystem while the second category pertains to the unique ecosystem of an individual organization. These two integral categories constitute the foundational structure of the analytical layers of the VIIR. This two-layered approach, as well as the twofold analysis of inputs and outputs in productivity and readiness, makes it Southeast Asia’s first comprehensive study on industry innovation and the only one for Vietnam. Specific pillars being assessed in this study are Business Environment or Core, Technology, Human Capital, Leadership, and Business, Societal, and Environmental Innovation. During the first year of the study, organizations from the Healthcare, Hospitality, and Retail Commercial Leasing industries form part of the second category analysis.

VinUniveristy is also an academic partner of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Global Innovation Index project executed by the Portulans Institute. Additional information about the VIIR project team members can be found here.

In addition to VIIR project lead by Professor Soumitra Dutta (Dean of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford), VinUniversity is honored to partner with collaborators at Oxford University on several exciting initiatives including:

  • Vingroup 1100 Scholarship program – several highly talented Vietnamese scholars are pursuing Master’s and Ph.D. at Oxford receiving full scholarships.
  • Oxford’s Global Innovation Consultancy (Oxentia) consulted the state-of-the-art campus for VinUniversity
  • Professor Dutta serves on the VinFuture Prize Council which annually selects VinFuture Prize Laureates (One grand prize of US$3 million and three special prizes of US$500,000 each)


8:30 - 9:00
Check-in to the conference
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome remarks and Conference Introduction
9:15 - 10:15
Vietnam Industry Innovation Research Presentation
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:15
Industry Roundtable
12:15 - 13:00

Key note speaker

Professor Soumitra Dutta is currently the Dean of Saïd Business School, Oxford University – one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Concurrently Professor Dutta is the Founder and Chairman of Portulans Academy. He is also the Chair of the Board of Global Business School Network and is member of the advisory boards of world-renowned business schools, such as HEC Montréal (Canada), ESADE (Spain), and Los Andes University (Columbia). Professor Soumitra Dutta has presented multiple times during The World Economic Forum, and recently, he joined as a member of Prize Council for the VinFuture Prize. Previously, he held the position of President of AACSB International (the accrediting orgnization for the world’s top business schools) and the Founding Dean of the SC Johnson School of Business at Cornell University.

Professor Soumitra Dutta is the originator of Global Innovation Index (GII). GII is an annual ranking of competence and success in innovation of nations and is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The 2022 GII report provides analysis of 132 economies, representing 94.3% of the world’s population.

Professor Dutta’s area of research focuses on driving innovation and business growth through the effective co-operation of human capabilities and technology. His research has been published in some of the world’s most prestigious journals such as Journal of Law and Innovations, Materials Today Physics, WIPO, WEF, etc. He has also made significant contributions to the understanding of the impact of information technology on national development and competitiveness through his research on the Global Information Technology Report for the World Economic Forum. With his extensive expertise and leadership experience, Professor Dutta continues to shape the discourse of innovation, technology and their meanings for businesses and the global economy.

Industry Roundtable

Invited delegates include:

  • Prof. Soumitra Dutta and Portulans Team
  • Policymakers
  • Faculty from VinUni and other universities
  • Industry representatives



Session 1 – Vietnam Industry Innovation Research Presentation: Room C401

Session 2 – Industry roundtable: Room 24/7, VinUni Library

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