Can Tho University poised to become think tank in Mekong Delta: Jica

22-Nov-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

An official from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has expressed the belief that Can Tho University could become a think tank in education, scientific research and technology transfer in the Mekong Delta region.

Located in the centre of the Mekong Delta, the university is expected to become an “excellent institution of education, scientific research and technology transfer,” according to Murooka Naomichi, deputy chief representative of Jica Vietnam, at a ground-breaking ceremony for a school upgrade project today, November 20.

He noted that strengthening the role of the university in both tangible and intangible ways contributes to the region’s socioeconomic development.

The delta is the most important area for agriculture and fisheries in Vietnam, so it plays a key role in ensuring food security for the country, the official pointed out.

However, he highlighted a number of climate change-related issues, such as rising sea levels and water pollution, which are threatening the stability of the local agriculture and fisheries sectors.

As a result, Jica has pledged to assist the Vietnamese university with the development of research facilities and equipment. The agency will offer its support in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture/fisheries and environment, as well as in the outreach training programme for postgraduate students at Japanese universities.

Professor Ha Thanh Toan, rector of Can Tho University, said at the ceremony that the school is carrying out its own improvement project worth 10.456 million Japanese yen, or $105.9 million, in Japan’s official development assistance loans.

The five major components of the project, scheduled for July 2015 to late 2022, involve the development of human resources, the execution of joint research programmes, construction of facilities, equipment procurement and the hiring of consulting services.

Today’s event was aimed at starting work on a research laboratory complex and an advanced technology laboratory, as part of the project.

Once completed, the project will contribute to the development of the Can Tho University as an institution on par with its regional and global peers, Toan said.


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