About the CSTC

The Center for Scientific and Technical Creativity (CSTC) is an academic unit within the Vietnam National University (Hochiminh City) College of Natural Sciences. The CSTC works as a self-supporting enterprise.

The CSTC was formed on April 23, 1991 through the work of its founder and current director Phan Dung, MS in Creativity and Innovation, MS, Ph.D. and D.Sc. in Experimental Solid State Physics.

The CSTC has a history that dates back to the 1977 when Dr. Phan Dung created and taught the first course "Creativity and Innovation Methodologies" (CIM) in Vietnam.

Dr. Phan Dung was one of the first students trained personally by Mr G.S.Altshuller – Father of TRIZ (the Russian acronym for Theory of Inventive Problem Solving)

In fact, the CSTC's teaching program CIM is based on enlarging TRIZ and thus has a very wide area of application. In other words TRIZ itself is the core of the CSTC's CIM course (see Education Programs).

The courses CIM are given on a regular basis by the CSTC: high school graduates or more highly trained people, irrespective of age, occupation and carreer are entitled to enroll (without admittance test).

Up to now the CSTC has taught more than 20,000 participants who enrolled in more than 450 basic and intermediate "Creativity and Innovation Methodologies" (CIM) courses (60 instructional hours per course). The trainees include high school and university students, workers, engineers, teachers, scientists, managers, lawyers, physicians, pharmacists, artists, sport trainers and so forth from all economic and social sectors. Their ages range from 15 to 72, education level from year 9 to Ph.D

These CIM courses help individuals, teams and organizations to solve successfully any problem they encounter in their life and work to satisfy their just needs and thus to satisfy social needs of sustainable development, that is to enhance the quality of life. See Comments from Past Learners.

The CSTC also offers and, in fact, has been conducting many on-site training courses in and out of Vietnam on request. See Organizations Served.

Except for education and training, the CSTC's activities are also to conduct research on CIM as a science in order to contribute to the development of this discipline in the world. See The CSTC's Books and Articles.

In the book "Facilitative Leadership: Making a Difference with Creative Problem Solving" edited by Scott G. Isaksen (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Iowa, USA, 2000), on pages 219 and 220 there is a representative list of 17 organizations in the world that focus entirely on understanding or developing creativity and innovation. You can find that our Center for Scientific and Technical Creativity (CSTC) is one of them.

Some classes "Creativity and Innovation Methodologies" (CIM) conducted in Vietnam

Some classes "Creativity and Innovation Methodologies" (CIM) conducted in abroad

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In Singapore:




25-27 MARCH 2001

This year we are honored to have two
incomparable keynote speakers :

Don Clausing

don_clausingDon Clausing joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1986 after working in industry for three decades. He created a new course, Total Quality Development, which integrated basic concurrent engineering, Taguchi methods, QFD, Pugh concept selection, technology readiness, reusability, and effective management in a comprehensive development process to achieve lower manufacturing cost, higher quality, and shorter development times than are currently standard in the United States. He has written many papers and articles, given many seminars and workshops on these subjects, and consulted with major companies to improve their product development.

He also served from 1986 to 1989 on the M.I.T. Commission on Industrial Productivity which analyzed shortcomings in manufacturing industries in the United States and recommended needed improvements, which appeared as the book Made in America.

Phan Dung

phan_dungPhan Dung was trained personally by Mr. G.S. Altshuller at the Public Institute of Inventive Creativity in Baku. He graduated from the Institute with a diploma of number 32 in 1973. In 1977, with encouragement from Mr. Altshuller and the experiences based on his use of TRIZ, Phan Dung created and taught the first TRIZ course under the title “Creativity Methodologies” (CM) in Vietnam. In April 1991, after many successful courses for students and large public audiences, the administration of Hochiminh City University permitted him to establish the Center for Scientific and Technical Creativity (CSTC) on condition that the Center should function as a self-supporting enterprise.

Dr. Phan has taught more than 7,000 participants of basic and intermediate CM courses (each course consists of 60 hours), not including those who attended only shorter workshops. His trainees included high school and university students, workers, engineers, teachers, scientists, managers, lawyers, physicians, pharmacists, artists, sport trainers and so forth from all economic and social sectors. Their ages range from 15 to 72, education level from year 9 to Ph.D.

More than 50 newspaper articles about the CSTC’s activities and successes of past participants were published in Vietnam. Phan Dung was the recipient of the Award for Successes in Research and Application of Sciences and Technologies from Ho Chi Minh City Committee on Sciences and Technologies in 1993.

"People have equal right to happiness and this right includes, first of all, the right to creativity, the right to the development of related abilities for creativity... Everyone must be literate in creativity"

G.S. Altshuller

"To be an educated human being, in the full meaning of these words, one should have three qualities: broad knowledge, knowing how to think and noble feelings. A person who does not have broad knowledge is an illiterate one; a person who cannot know how to think is a fool; a person who does not have noble feelings is a bad one"


"To give a fair chance to potential creativity is a matter of life and death for any society"

A. Toynbee

"Failure to use such an abundant inherent treasure as creativity, whether it be because of unawareness that it exists, indifference or deliberate stultification is more than a waste; it is self-betrayal."

Masatoshi Yoshimura

"In education, business, health care, manufacturing and a variety of other fields, Getting Ahead and Staying Ahead requires Thinking Ahead"

(From the announcement of the conference "A Leap Toward the 21st Century", California, USA, January 13-15, 1995.)

"Far better never to think of investigating truth at all than do so without a method"

René Descartes

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world and that is an idea whose time has come"

Victor Hugo

"The most difficult thing in the world is to put your ideas into action"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action"

Thomas Huxley

"The object of the education of children lies not in communicating the values of the past, but in creating new values of the future"

John Dewey