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RMIT Vietnam to explore regional resource management needs

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 11:19

A research team from RMIT Vietnam is studying the training gap in Water and Natural Resources Management (WNRM) in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand through a research package containing a surveying process and two-day workshop.

The project is the result of a one million Euro grant funded by Erasmus+, the European Union’s education and training support program. The grant partnership includes six European nations and nine Southeast Asian countries.

Led by the University of Nantes, the WANASEA (Strengthen the Production, Management and Outreach Capacities of Research in the Field of Water and Natural Resources in Southeast Asia) initiative aims to develop expertise in water and natural resources management. It also strives to build the capacity of universities in the region for research in this field, said RMIT Vietnam Associate Professor Nguyen Thanh Thuy, the University’s team leader.

“The project aims to provide training, research and networking sessions focused on water and its associated natural resources, considered as a major contemporary challenge,” she said.

RMIT Vietnam’s team is in charge of one of the project’s eight work packages, which involves organising a workshop to raise awareness on the management of water and natural resources within the three countries.

Waterways are an integral part of life and commerce in Southeast Asia.

“We sent out a survey to eight institution partners in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand to collect information about their current plan for future courses and degrees related to WNRM, and their need for training workshops or professional development in the field that the project can accommodate,” Associate Professor Thuy explained.

The survey results will be discussed at a workshop held at RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus on 17 and 18 May 2018. Participating stakeholders include government, universities, industry, NGOs and others.

Erasmus+ is one of the most well-known granting organisations in the world, and securing this funding will provide huge benefits to RMIT Vietnam’s research program.

The RMIT Vietnam team includes Vice President (Academic) Professor Beverley Webster, Research Office Manager Associate Professor Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Head of School of Business & Management Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma, Professor Christophe Schinckus and Senior Research Officer Le Thi Viet Ha.

Story: Ha Hoang