• 03/07/2019
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Duration: 20-23 August 2019

Venue: Duy Tan University, Da Nang City, Vietnam



      I.        ABOUT THE SCHOOL

The Duy Tan Research Summer School Research is educational programme initiated by researchers from the United Kingdom in association with Duy Tan University. The School seeks to foster the academic research and careers of current or prospective postgraduate students who are developing their interests in academic research as a very stepping stone towards a successful academic research career. The School consists of a series of talks of academic interest, transferable skills talks, offered by internationally renowned faculty from the world’s top research institutions, and will provide students who attend with the opportunity to present and get feedback on their works in electrical engineering, telecommunications, computer science, and control theory.

This is the 5th time we have organised this annual summer school. Over the four previous occasions, we have been informed that more than 60% of our students have been successful in obtaining full-scholarships to pursue their PhD study in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, South Korea, Japan, or Taiwan.

This school is supported in part by the Newton Fund Institutional Link through the Fly-by Flood Monitoring Project under Grant ID 428328486, which is delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit


Duy Tan University


Summer School Chairs:

Dr. Trung Q. Duong, Reader, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Dr. Nguyen-Son Vo, Deputy Director of Institute of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Duy Tan University


Local Organiser:

Dr. Dac-Binh Ha, Dean of Faculty of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Duy Tan University


Special invited Speakers from world-class researchers:

  1. Dr. Norman Apsley, Chair of the Steering group for the Leaders in Innovation Fellowships, the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK
  2. Dr. Quoc Tuan Vien, Associate Professor, Middlesex University, London, UK


Special invited talks by PhD students who have won full scholarships

1. Dr. Long D. Nguyen, PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Homepage




The Summer School is aimed at outstanding MSc and PhD students.

-       Applicants must be based in Vietnam or in other ASEAN countries;

-       Applicants must hold at least a BEng degree (or will soon obtain one) in the areas of electrical engineering, telecommunications, electronics engineering, computer science and control theory

-       Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.



   III.        PROGRAMME


Theme 1: Advanced research skills

  • How to search for literature more effectively
  • Academic writing skills
  • Writing a peer review for an academic journal


Theme 2: Technical writing: Publishing an ISI journal article

  • Structure of a journal article
  • Using software packages
  • Drafting response to reviewers.


Theme 3: Research directions (hot spots) in electrical electronics engineering and telecommunications, computer science and control theory

  • (Technical talk 1)
  • (Technical talk 2)
  • (Techical talk 3)


Theme 4: Researcher careers

  • Pursuing an academic career: The career ladder
  • Doctoral careers outside higher education


Theme 5: PhD scholarships

  • How to obtain a scholarship to pursue PhD in Europe, US, Australia or other developed countries?
  • Other scholarship funding schemes


Theme 6: Research governance and ethics

  • How to avoid plagiarism


Theme 7: Building the entrepreneurial capacity of researchers to commercialise innovations - Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) programme


Theme 8: Student Plenary, where selected participants will deliver short ten-minute presentations on their own research to receive feedback from participants and a panel of summer school researchers.





A total of 30 candidates (20 from Vietnam and 10 from other ASEAN countries) will be selected to attend the Summer School. These successful candidates will be awarded free accommodation in Duy Tan University campus.

In addition, travel expenses of maximum 1,000,000 VND/ student for Vietnamese students who are living outside the region.




All interested candidates are invited to send their application as a single PDFfile to the local organisers at


 The application should include:

  1. Applicant’s personal data and contact details; and
  2. CV: The format and content of your CV is left to the applicant’s discretion. CV should not exceed one page; and
  3. Motivation statement: Explain why you think you are suitable for this summer school, and how the summer school will support your future success. Motivation part should not exceed 800 words.


Successful candidates will be notified on 31st July 2019. Further instructions on travel grants and reimbursement process will be given in due course.




Deadline for application submission   : 19 July 2019 at 23:55 (GMT+7)

Result notification                               : 24 July 2019

Date of summer school                      : 20-23 August 2019





Dr Norman Apsley

Norman has a passion for putting academic science and engineering to work, in new products and services.

After some twenty years at what is now known as QinetiQ Malvern, where he developed a reputation for successfully working with universities and industry and for commercialising and diversifying of government research, he became in 2000, the first Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation Limited (now known as Catalyst). This project was one of the major economic initiatives established in NI after the Good Friday Agreement. The project led the way, showing that Government, local and national, Academe (Queens University, Belfast (QUB), University of Ulster (UU) and Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC)) and the Private Sector could work together to achieve a vibrant Knowledge Economy for the city of Belfast and for the country as a whole.

Norman was elected to the Royal and Irish Academies of Engineering and awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012 for services to science and the economy. He is Chair of the Steering group for the Leaders in Innovation Fellowships.


Dr. Trung Q. Duong

Dr. Duong (received his PhD degree in September 2012) is a Reader (Senior Associate Professor) and recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship (2016–2021). He has established a strong record in signal processing and wireless communications and has published 3 books, 10 book chapters, 195 journal articles (including 144 IEEE journals) and 135 conference papers (Google Scholar: >7500 citations, h-index of 47). He received the best paper awards at the IEEE DSP 2017, IEEE GLOBECOM 2016, IEEE ICC 2014 and IEEE VTC 2013 and acts as an editor for IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, IEEE Trans. on Communications. Over the last 5 years at QUB, he has secured £3.5 million in research grant, which leads to the establishment of Signal Processing for Communications at QUB consisting of 4 PhD students and 4 PDRAs (principal supervisor).

Dr. Duong is an expert in the field of physical layer security with three research grants awarded by Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. His profile in physical layer security is ranked No. 6 in the world according to the Google Scholar. He has given a tutorial at IEEE VTC 2017, a keynote speech at IEEE ATC 2017 on this topic, and he is the lead editor for the book “Trusted Communications with Physical Layer Security for 5G and Beyond” published by the IET in October 2017. He is also working on multidisciplinary research in molecular communications, disaster communications, IoT for smart cities and smart agriculture, plug-in electric vehicle in smart-grid. Eighteen journal articles of his publications (currently eight) have been considered “highly cited paper” (top 1%) and one journal article has been ranked "hot paper" (top 0.1%) according to ISI Web of Knowledge. 

He is awarded the prestigious Newton Prize 2017 by the UK Government.




Social activities

The summer school runs a programme of events outside of the teaching hours to provide a series of opportunities to network with fellow students. These includes excursions (to Da Nang beaches and iconic landmarks), Gala dinner, and football matches.