Vietnamese science struggles.
The most significant impediments to science in Vietnam are low pay and a paucity of research funding, according to a report by the International Foundation for Science, a research council in Sweden that supports scientists in developing nations. Sixty per cent of respondents in a poll published in the document said that salary was a “serious” or “obstructive” problem. “Vietnamese scientists' salaries are very low and [they] find it difficult to live on their government salaries alone,” the report says, adding that 83% of all scientists consider their salary to be inadequate to support a family. For female scientists, it's 89%. The report also cited a lack of funding for research equipment and fieldwork as a significant obstacle to doing good science.