As part of the OKP programme, the Faculty of Water Resources of HUNRE organized the first edition of the Water Resources Career Day in January 2021. The programme kicked off with modern dance and singing performances, followed by inspiring talks by highly esteemed water professionals and alumni. The speakers included water professionals from the National Centre for Water Resources Planning and Investigation (NAWAPI), from Royal HaskoningDHV Vietnam and from Minh Dien Environmental Services and Consulting Ltd. They talked to the students about different career paths and opportunities in the water resources field. Furthermore, Ass. Prof. Dr. Pham Quy Nhan delivered a speech and several students were recognized for their academic achievements. After this award ceremony, there was room for group exchanges, discussion and questions between students, teachers and water professionals. The programme ended with a festive lunch, allowing the students the opportunity to network and socialize. A wonderful and successful event worth repeating next year!
The 2020 National Startup Day for Students, named SV.Startup, was hosted at Thuyloi University on December 22-23, with Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam in attendance. This year's competition was held nationwide with more than 400 participating universities, colleges, high schools and secondary schools; reaching nearly 20 million students. It was organized by the Ministry of Education and Training in coordination with the Thuyloi University and Nova Edu Company. The project “Organic dishwashing liquid, Sapowash,” by Thuyloi students, won 3rd prize out of 72 outstanding startup projects in the final round of the contest. The OKP 'Climate Proof Vietnam' project helped make this event possible and was prominently displayed at the information booths. It is nice to see such innovative and motivated students being connected to the labour market through academics. Read more here.
Associate Professor Dr. Pham Quy Nhan is the Vice Rector of Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment (HUNRE). He has been involved in our capacity building programs as Project Director since the start of the collaboration at HUNRE. As his retirement is approaching, we interviewed him about his inspiring career, his previous and current research projects, the importance of Integrated Water Resource Management in Vietnam, and his advice to future IWRM researchers. You can find the full interview here.
Always keep your passion and dedication; the results will come to you.― Ass. Prof. Dr. Pham Quy Nhan
On Monday the 23rd of November our project partners Juliette Eulderink (TU Delft) and Thi Van Le Khoa (HUNRE) contributed to the thematic OKP Partner Day session on ‘COVID-19: A Force for Change’. This session, organized by Nuffic, explored the shared challenges and opportunities the current COVID-19 situation has brought forth for those involved in Nuffic-funded projects.
Juliette and Khoa gave a presentation on managing Institutional Collaboration Projects in times of COVID-19, drawing examples from OKP ‘Climate Proof Vietnam’ and OKP ‘Higher Education in Full Flow Myanmar’. They talked about how activities have shifted to online or hybrid due to the pandemic, such as online workshops and webinars and distance research support. They also presented the many valuable lessons learned in the past months, for example that the creation of good digital (educational) products allows for long-term and widespread re-use. They concluded their presentation with their future vision for institutional collaboration, in which they hope there will be a lower threshold to quick communication with partners abroad, as well as an easier exchange between all institutions within and outside of the Netherlands.
2020 July - Partnerships with international research institutes and universities have always been important for Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), allowing for new insights and advancing international scientific knowledge. However, in the midst of a global pandemic, how can intercountry collaboration continue, where borders are closed and everyone is working from home?
The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be an unexpected source for creativity, resilience, and re-prioritising goals when it comes to the capacity building project in Vietnam. The global pandemic unexpectedly created opportunities for online education tools, but it also forced an adjustment in the normal ways the partnership usually operates. Now more than ever, co-creation and open dialogue are key in promoting excellent research.
Juliette Eulderink, a Young Water Expert working on capacity building in South East Asia, based in Vietnam, reflects on this new form of partnership. Read more here.
2020 June - At the end of June, students Ninh Thị Kiều Anh and Đỗ Thị Thùy Dung from Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment (HUNRE) defended their theses. These IWRM students were the first ever to complete their thesis in English at HUNRE, as part of the Nuffic Global Development OKP 'Climate Proof Vietnam' project. Dung researched urban flooding in the My Dinh area of Hanoi, Vietnam, for which she received a 9.3/10. Kiều Anh carried out an assessment of groundwater reserves in the coastal plain of Ninh Thuan Province of Vietnam, for which she was awarded with a 10/10. These students were co-supervised by the resident project manager of the OKP project. Online meetings as well as exchanging both Vietnamese and international documents and data allowed for effective supervision and an excellent research result, despite the impact of Covid-19. You can download their theses here.
2019 - A group of five dutch students from the TU Delft visited Hanoi to work on an interesting topic. Is it feasible to flush the polluted To Lich River with water from the Red River? Besides focusing on the water quality and hydraulic impact of the project proposal, they also added an educational touch to it. Together with students from HUNRE they developed some educational tools that can be used within the HUNRE curriculum and as awareness raising activities in Hanoi with citizens and schools. In the video below, they will explain all about it!
Climate Proof Vietnam - water quality study of To Lich River by TU Delft and HUNRE
2019 - Is it possible to build a living lab at HUNRE? Two dutch students thought of a way to realize this. By using soda bottles it is relatively easy and cheep to build rain gauges that can be placed all over the campus. In that way it becomes possible to measure the spatial distribution of rainfall. Check the video the see how that works!
Soda bottle science - building a living lab at HUNRE