The collaboration between Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Thuyloi University (TLU), started back in 1998, when the first Memorandum of Understanding was signed. With the support of the Dutch government, TU Delft played an important role in capacity building at the coastal engineering education at TLU. Curriculum development was one of the focus points in the capacity building project. Several MSc students and PhD candidates followed courses or studied in Delft, to return to Vietnam some years later with new knowledge and ambitions to strengthen the team of lecturers and professors at TLU.
In 2012, the financial support from the Dutch government stopped, as the Vietnamese economy had grown consistently over the previous years, but the relationship between the universities stayed in place. Both universities decided to create an environment that would facilitate the exchange of students and scientists to work together on research and educational projects. In 2012, the collaboration was broadened due to the involvement of the Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment (HUNRE). At HUNRE, a new bachelor program was developed specifically on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
Recently, after some successful years, the number of Vietnamese students choosing to study in the field of water are dropping. This, in combination with the effects of climate change, ask for a new program. Therefore the "Climate Proof Vietnam" program was launched in 2019 as part of the Orange Knowledge Program of Nuffic. Read all about this project over here.
Read more about previous projects and research over here.