On June 15, 2012, Dr. Thao Le made a presentation to promote research and related activities in the context of Vietnam to the staff at Hoa Sen University. The talk was entitled “Empowerment and challenges for research institutions and researchers: some implications for Hoa Sen University.” After providing a general picture of how universities worldwide position themselves as teaching and research institutions,  Dr. Thao Le pointed out some specific challenges as well as strategies for the staff and students at Hoa Sen to be more research active in the current context. The talk was warmly received by the attendants and there was a nice discussion afterwards. While many attendants stated that they were highly inspired by the talk, it is hoped that this inspiration will soon translate into real commitment and action.