Expanding cooperation in the field of environment between Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, and Tra Vinh University

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TVU – From June 11 to June 14, 2022, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of Tra Vinh University welcomed the delegation of Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands to Tra Vinh University.

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of Tra Vinh University welcomed the delegation of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Follow the working trip at Saxion University of Applied Sciences of the delegation led by Dr. Tran Thi Ngoc Bich – Deputy Director of Institute of Environmental Science and Technology – Tra Vinh University, from April 20 to May 1, 2022.

Professor Harry Futselaar – Research Team Leader on Water Technology, and Ms. Ngo Bich Ngoc – Director of Strategic Cooperation of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, had a working session with the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of Tra Vinh University on cooperation programs between the two universities in the fields of environment, technology, circular economy, and clean agriculture.

Meeting and exchanging cooperation plans between the two universities

Representative of Saxion University of Applied Sciences – Professor Harry Futselaar shared the potential of cooperation between the two universities, especially in the field of environment. Professor Harry Futselaar said that strengthening research cooperation and applying scientific and technical advances to deal with challenges in the water supply and drainage and environmental pollution treatment were in need of attention, promotion, and participation from scientists and businesses.

Professor Harry Futselaar – Research Team Leader on Water Technology, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Dr. Pham Kim Long, Director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology – Tra Vinh University, thanked the delegation for their visit to Tra Vinh University. Dr. Pham Kim Long wished to jointly find effective solutions in the exploitation and use of natural resources, water environment, and groundwater exploitation in the Mekong Delta and coastal provinces in the context of water resource depletion due to the effects of climate change. He believed that his experts and the water research team led by Professor Harry Futselaar would contribute a lot of value to the projects of improving water management capacity and applying advanced technologies, environmentally friendly for water treatment and management in the Mekong Delta and coastal provinces of Vietnam.

Dr. Pham Kim Long, Director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, presented the current situation of the water industry in Vietnam

Ms. Ngo Bich Ngoc, Director of Strategic Cooperation, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, confirmed the importance of potential partners in the field of cooperation in the fields of environment, engineering, and technology, circular economy, and clean agriculture, especially in the field of “public-private” cooperation between schools, businesses and the state (Public and Private Partnerships). In addition, she said that the construction of effective water management projects required long-term financial investment and participation from the Dutch government, large companies, and enterprises specializing in water treatment in the Netherlands to support technical, financial, and human resources.

Ms. Ngo Bich Ngoc, Director of Strategic Cooperation, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Dr. Tran Thi Ngoc Bich – Deputy Director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, proposed to expand cooperation with Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the field of applied environmental science, including exchanging experts, faculty and students annually between the two universities; at the same time, implementing a dual degree program in Environmental Engineering (3+1) and organizing intensive seminars on the environment (every 3 months).

From left to right: Professor Harry Futselaar – research team leader on water technology, Ms. Ngo Bich Ngoc – Director of Strategic Cooperation, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands and Dr. Tran Thi Ngoc Bich, Deputy Director – Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Tra Vinh University

On the same day, the delegation had a visit to survey the actual management, use and treatment of water in tourist resorts, water treatment companies, processing plants, and local water supply units in Tra Vinh province; learn more about the needs, current status and techniques being used in water management as well as the challenges that individuals, companies, businesses, and organizations are facing, thereby research to plan long-term cooperation to support Tra Vinh province in particular and the Mekong Delta in general, suggesting more advanced, friendly and effective solutions in management and treatment of water resources in the near future.

Survey at Con Chim tourist area
Visited the wastewater treatment operation process at Mekong Seafood Processing Company
Survey wastewater treatment at Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Tra Vinh Province
Professor Harry shared environmental science projects, especially in water treatment at Senco Tra Vinh Water Supply One Member Company Limited
Worked on water treatment technologies at Duyen Hai 1 Thermal Power Plant

After the working trip, the two universities agreed to implement cooperation proposals in July 2022 on student exchange, conducting in-depth draft sessions on the environment and implementing research programs for students and faculty of the two universities. At the same time, implementing long-term programs for “public-private” collaborative research between schools, businesses, and the state (PPP), joint programs, and dual degree scholarships in Environmental Engineering.

Representatives of the two universities agreed on cooperation programs and exchanged souvenirs

The working trip to Tra Vinh University of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, is an important turning point in connecting and collaborating in research and training human resources to build and develop a more sustainable regional economy.

By My Nhien