Project kick-off ceremony for “Water and Sanitation Technology Center” (WASAT)

Environmental Science and Engineering, representatives from various departments, lecturers and students.

Over the past 10 years, the NUCE and Seoul National University (South Korea) have developed numerous joint activities in research and training in environmental technology and sanitation. Typically there are some projects such as “Collection and Processing of Rainwater into Drinking Water for Lecturers and Students at the NUCE” (2013 – 2016); “Building Green Roof for Performance” (2015 – 2016), “Enhancement of Capacity in Research and Localization of Rain Water Collection in Vietnam” (2015 – 2017), “Installation of Rain Water Supply Concept for Kindergartens, Healthcare Centers and Low-income Households in the Rural Areas in Ha Nam Province, Lao Cai Province and the Suburbs of Hanoi”, etc. These projects were sponsored by the South Korean Government and enterprises. The results of these projects could be used as teaching materials to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Water Supply and Drainage – Water Environment. In addition, the research outcomes have been published in 10 international and national academic papers and these papers have contributed to PhD programs at both the NUCE and Seoul National University.

In continuation of these activities, the WASAT project will focus on the following main issues: Compilation of documents and implementation of training courses, enhancing the awareness and building capacity and skills for students, lecturers and the community regarding appropriate technology for water supply and sanitation, installation of several rain water collecting systems, clean water networks and sanitation in cities and provinces in Vietnam, student and staff exchange, enhancement of research capacity and teaching on water and sanitation towards sustainability, development of professional cooperation between the two universities and with other partner institutions within the framework of the project, organizing international conferences on clean water and sanitation.

Panorama of the meeting hall

Asoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Duy Hoa – the NUCE Rector – made a speech and said that the activities within the project would play a key role in strengthening the research power and teaching capacity at the NUCE, helping to apply the solutions in environmental engineering and sanitation to reality. Simultaneously, the project would be important, enhancing the caliber of the NUCE and contributing to the internationalization of universities in Vietnam. In the context of environmental pollution and increasingly serious shortage of water resources, the access to water technology and sanitation in both urban and rural areas, as well as in mountainous provinces is essential, requiring appropriate technologies and experience in management in today’s development. On behalf of the University leaders, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Duy Hoa would like to express his gratitude to Mr. Yu Young Min as Minister of South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Information Technology and Communication, and to the colleagues from Seoul National University, for choosing the NUCE as a reliable partner in WASAT project. The NUCE will try its best to make the project a great success and to achieve useful outcomes.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Duy Hoa – the NUCE Rector – delivered an opening speech

Then, Mr. Yu Young Min – Minister of South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Information Technology and Communication (MSIT) – said that March 22nd has been World Water Day, recommended by the United Nations, raising the people’s awareness of how vital water is, especially when water has been polluted and human kind is facing a shortage of drinking water due to the population boom and rapid economic growth. As a consequence, a shortage of water is becoming inevitable, unpredictable and having a huge impact on human beings. In order to solve water problems as above mentioned, South Korea ans Vietnam must use conventional water resources in a more effectuve way: that is management and use of rain water. Seoul National University and the NUCE have been working together for over 10 years to make sure that people have access to clean water with new technologies. The inauguration of the center is one of the best results from such a well established cooperation. At the ceremony, Mr. Yu Young Min hoped to build a good concept to solve problems with clean water supply and sanitation. In addition, it is important to implement the projects systematically worldwide to tackle the challanges related to water. It is expected that WASAT center will set a good example of a successful international cooperation in water and sanitation issues, enabling the cooperation between experts from the industry and academia from both countries in order to develop and commercialize the relevant technologies.

Mr. Yu Young Min – Minister of South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Information Technology and Communication (MSIT) – made a speech and welcomed delegates

Prof. Han Moo Young – the Center for Sustainable Management of Water Resources (SNU) presented the plan and perspective of WASAT Center

After that, the two institutions signed an MoU with presence of the leaders from both sides and went on with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for WASAT Center.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Viet Anh – the Director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (NUCE) and Prof. Han Moo Young – the Center for Sustainable Management of Water Resources (SNU) signed the MoU

Ribbon-cutting ceremony of WASAT Center

Trang Ninh – Department of Information and Communication

Other pictures of the ceremony

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Viet Anh – the Director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (NUCE) – made a speech

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Duy Hoa – the NUCE Rector – presented a gift to Mr. Yu Young Min  – Minister of South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Information Technology and Communication (MSIT)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Duy Hoa – the NUCE Rector – presented a gift to Prof. Han Moo Young – the Center for Sustainable Management of Water Resources (SNU)

Group photo of delegates