Bayer and OUCRU activate digital science education platform for young Vietnamese called "Science Switch"

  • Bayer and the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) developed digital scientific education platform to empower young Vietnamese to find new passion, expand their horizon in life sciences, and bring science education to the community.
  • Science Switch is an offshoot of "Making Science Make Sense" project, which aims to provide at least 100,000 youths and inquisitive individuals in the country with access to knowledge and learning resources while making science more fun and engaging.
  • Bayer and OUCRU will continue to collaborate to support young Vietnamese generations in finding their footing in the digital age of scientific research and practice. 

Ho Chi Minh City, October 24, 2021- Bayer Vietnam and the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) have launched an online scientific education platform called "Science Switch" to enable students to continue with their studies amidst the pandemic. The “Science Switch” launch event was live streamed on the Facebook page Khoa Hoc Truong Hoc of OUCRU attended by project officials, scientists, and students.

The “Science Switch” launch event was live streamed and attended by Bayer, OUCRU, scientists, and students.

As the pandemic has impacted many aspects of society, virtual learning has become one of the most viable options to limit disruption on children’s education. Science Switch is an offshoot of "Making Science Make Sense" program, which Bayer and OUCRU have been running since 2018. 


The project aims to reach at least 100,000 youngsters, science educators, and inquisitive individuals in the country to access scientific knowledge in an engaging and interactive digital format. This is one of Bayer Vietnam’s continuing efforts to invest in the next generation and advance scientific education in Vietnam.

Mr. Chu Viet Ha, Head of Bayer Vietnam’s Crop Science Division shared Bayer's "Making Science Make Sense" program and he “Science Switch” initiative.

A key component of this new phase is the launching of the "Science Switch" online channel, which is a major leap forward for the project as a whole in terms of teaching, engaging, and motivating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists, as well as Vietnamese inventors.


The "Science Switch'' educational channel will include activities based on three modes of learning: Science Videos (doing), Science Comics (reading), and Science Podcasts (listening). These activities will be published weekly on OUCRU’s fanpage Khoa Hoc Truong Hoc and other Facebook pages in order to reach out to young people and empower them by accessing knowledge, practicing science and interacting with peers and scientists. While developing and producing material for the "Science Switch", the project engages professional researchers and scientists to provide consultation and guidance as well as directly produce content to improve learning outcomes and efficiency.


Mr. Vu Duy Thanh, OUCRU’s Manager of the Schools Engagement and Youth Science Program, shared: “OUCRU and Bayer aim to bring science closer to students, teachers, parents and inquisitive individuals via the "Making Science Make Sense" project. More specifically with the virtual scientific education platform "Science Switch", we hope to present more opportunities for students nationwide to access scientific knowledge that is in line with the current educational landscape and trends. Therefore, nurturing and increasing their interest in science.” 

Mr. Vu Duy Thanh, OUCRU’s Manager of the Schools Engagement and Youth Science Program shared the "Science Switch" concept and goal.

The Science Adventure project was inspired by Bayer's "Making Science Make Sense" program and has been executed in Long An and Ho Chi Minh City by OUCRU and Bayer Vietnam since 2018. The project has reached approximately 12,000 kids and educators to date. 


Throughout all these activities, project organizers will keep their ears open to feedback and comments from young participants to improve the platform. Each year, the initiative will host a "Meet the Scientists'' conference, which will provide an opportunity for professionals, children, and parents to enter into a dialogue and discuss future activities of the “Making Science Make Sense” project.


A student who participated in the project shared: “Digital platforms and social media networks are slowly becoming an integral part of our lives. Aside from using the internet for online learning, watching shows and playing games, the launch of a virtual education platform like “Science Switch” is really useful and I think it will inspire many students to learn. I have watched the demo content of the project and I believe that students, as well as teachers and parents, will be able to find interesting information and acquire new knowledge when the project officially launched.”

Dam Gia Ninh, a twelfth grader at Dinh Thien Ly School inspired other students by her passion for learning life science via "Science Switch" educational channel.

In the year 2021-2022, the topics and curriculum for "Science Switch" have been curated based on the United Nations' "One Health" concept. The concept follows a transdisciplinary paradigm that emphasizes the connection between human and animal science, as well as our natural environment, to achieve the ultimate health outcomes.

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Students excitedly joined the Quiz in the launch of "Science Switch''.

Mr. Chu Viet Ha, Head of Bayer Vietnam’s Crop Science Division, shared in the launching livestream event: “For more than 150 years, Bayer has used science and innovation to advance health and nutrition. Science doesn’t just happen in labs – science is all around us and powers everything we do. Science also has a significant impact on our everyday lives. We believe that 'Making Science Make Sense' would serve as a platform for young people to develop a passion for and knowledge of life sciences. This will pave the way for their future development. Bayer is taking another step to empower the younger generation by improving their scientific knowledge, which aligns with our objective of improving the quality of life by bringing science into our everyday lives.”

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Exchange of knowledge and experience on life science between students and Mr. Chu Viet Ha, Head of Bayer Vietnam’s Crop Science Division.

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About OUCRU

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam (OUCRU), established in 1991, is a clinical and public health research unit based in Vietnam under the sponsorship of Wellcome, a biomedical research charity based in London, United Kingdom. OUCRU conducts research activities in Vietnam through the support of the Ministry of Health. OUCRU is hosted by the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, and the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.


In parallel with its research activities, OUCRU also conducts public engagement program to disseminate knowledge and improve scientific understanding in the community. The OUCRU Schools Engagement Program promotes science and research through activities in schools, the development of science material and training of teachers and science ambassadors to improve the interest and scientific capacity of Vietnamese students.


In recent years, OUCRU has been carrying out many school engagement projects to create opportunities for secondary school and high school students to access regularly with science and research: Science magazine pages, Annual online science competition, Chat with scientists, Young researchers, Science Visits and Science Debates.


For more information about OUCRU: www.oucru.org 
 

About Bayer

Within the framework of “Bayer Cares For Societies”, the project "Making Science Make Sense'' is one of Bayer Vietnam's corporate social responsibility efforts, concentrating on education and science subjects.


Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to help people and planet thrive by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to drive sustainable development and generate a positive impact with its businesses. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2020, the Group employed around 100,000 people and had sales of 41.4 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 4.9 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.
 

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