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Work motivation of university lecturers is one of the important factors affecting their working productivity and performance. The motivations are evident through their daily work, their teaching, and their scientific research activities. This article presents the results from the investigation of motivation expressions of lecturers in 3 public universities in Ho Chi Minh City. According to the results, there are 15 motivation expressions that appear from level quite frequently to level very frequently, and mainly in level quite frequently. The lecturers are more motivated in their teaching activities than their scientific research activities. There are 6 factors that are evaluated as quite affect to the work motivations of lecturers. The most affecting factors are from the lecturer personality and from their jobs. It is followed by those from the working environment; such as benefit policy, human resource policy, working relationship, school-community relationship, leadership style, and working condition. The research results could be used as a reference to baseline for practical measures to enhance the work motivations for lecturers in public universities in Ho Chi Minh City.