At Pyongyang, North Korea, the delegation was welcomed by Ms. Ri Hye Chang, First President of North Korean Association of Scientists, Mr. Sing Sung Kwon, Head of the Scientific Management Department of the association, and Mr. Choe Chang, Vice-head of the Scientific Management Department. Ms. Ri Hye Chang presented warm regards to the delegation. She emphasized that since the memorandum between two nations, this was the forth delegation of Vietnamese scientists to visit and work at North Korea. North Korea, in return, has also sent 3 delegations to Vietnam. This visit has strengthened the relationship between the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the North Korea Academy of Social Sciences, as well as the relationship between two nations.
GASS delegation with Ms. Ri Hye Chang and colleagues at the North Korea Association of Scientists
Following the meeting with Ms. Ri Hye Chang, the delegation had multiple workshops with scientists at the North Korea Association of Scientists. Researchers of both sides presented new researches about leadership of the North Korea Labor Party, Kimism, and achievements of North Korea in building socialism. Scientists emphasized the new direction of the North Korea Labor Party: building a socialist economy. This is the new priority of North Korea in contrast to the focus on nuclear weapons in the 2013-2017 period. North Korean people understand the role of technology in economic development; thus North Korea is facilitating science and education, improving the position of scientists and teachers, and providing free education for high school students and undergraduates so that every Korean can become a scientist.
The delegation also visited two universities in Pyongyang: Kim Jong-Il University and Pyongyang Teacher University. The delegation was presented with the history of the two universities and updated teaching methods in these universities.
Discussion with scientists from North Korea Association of Scientists
On July 21st, 2018, the delegation left Pyongyang, North Korea for Beijing, China. In Beijing, the delegation worked with scientists from Marxism Institute under China Academy of Social Sciences. In the meeting, Prof. Li Tieying, ex-President of China Academy of Social Sciences, introduced 6 episodes of the documentary “Failure of socialism in Russia” produced by the China Academy of Social Sciences. Scientists of both institutes also discussed the application of Marxism in developing socialism in each country. The two institutes agreed to continue cooperation in studying Marxism and its application in building socialism, and would co-organize a conference on socialism in Dalian, China in summer 2019.
On July 24th, the delegation left Beijing for Hanoi, marking a successful work trip to North Korea and China.