TVU and Swinburne join forces at Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability conference


Faculty of Australia’s Swinburne and Vietnam’s TVU have presented two peer-reviewed papers on sustainability at the 14th International ACTS (Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability) conference, hosted by the University of Tasmania in Hobart on November 5, 2014.

Dr François Malherbe presents TVU and Swinburne joint green project

Dr François Malherbe and Dr Vivienne Waller of Swinburne University of Australia, and Dr Ho-Dac Tuc of TVU School of Foreign Languages co-authored two discusion papers, entitled “Innovating campus sustainability projects through international collaborative engagements”, and “Green transformations at a university campus in Vietnam”.

A poster on behalf of the International Sustainability Project-2014 cohort was also presented at the Conference to continue promoting the Green Campus Concept to TVU staff and students.

The papers are part of the follow-up of the International Sustainability Project between Swinburne and Tra Vinh Universities, which, in January 2014, brought 18 students and three academics from Swinburne University, Australia, to Tra Vinh University for a 2-week program to jointly boost environmental awareness.

This project was conceived by Dr Pham Tiet Khanh, Rector and President of Tra Vinh University, Dr Ho Dac Tuc, Deputy Dean of the TVU School of Foreign Languages, and Dr François Malherbe, Deputy Academic Coordinator (Education) of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, at Swinburne University of Technology, in January 2013.

From Australia, environmental chemist Dr François Malherbe said the papers were shared through two separate 45 minutes oral presentations. The Tra Vinh experience was lauded by all attendees.

TVU’s Rector, Dr Pham Tiet Khanh, signed the Talloires Declaration in October 2013, a declaration for sustainability, created for and by presidents of institutions of higher learning. Swinburne is also a signatory to this declaration.


TVU Green Project Poster at the Conference
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Photo: Francois Malherbe