Program for Capacity Building in
Global Water-Environmental Engineering



The “symposium on Global Water-Environmental Engineering Study in Ho Chi Minh City”

The “symposium on Global Water-Environmental Engineering Study in Ho Chi Minh City” was held in Water Resources University Second Base in Vietnam, one of the consortium universities participating in the Program for Capacity Building in Global Water Environmental Engineering (herein after to as the Program), on November 28,2012.

The objective of the symposium was to exchange information on the current water-related issues and solutions in East Asia and the latest technology. This symposium was a step forward from “Beijing symposium” held in Tsinghua University in China in AY 2010 and “Guangzhou symposium” held in Sun Yat-sen University in China in AY 2011. Reflecting the result of the symposium in the curriculum of the “Program” is expected to make contributions to more practical capacity building.A total of approximately 65 people participated in the symposium. Those in partner business, public agencies concerned with the Program and the Program students took part from the Japanese side. The Vietnamese participants included the members of the teaching staff of Water Resources University and government officials.Focus was placed on the technology and policy concerning water resources use, water treatment and water environment under climate change. Japanese and Vietnamese business, academic and government people concerned gave presentations and exchanged views concerning the solutions of various problems and direction of research in preparation for the future. 


At the onset of the symposium, the Associate Professor Nguyen Dang Tinh, (vice director of Water Resources University Second Base), as the host, gave an address expressing his deepest gratitude for co-organizing of this symposium and wishing the success of the symposium.A water-environmental issue is a problem that has a big influence not only on economic and social development of our country but also on the international affairs.To solve this problem, we need various person’s cooperation and development of science and technology, and also wish to make the symposium an opportunity of creating a new plan or an activity formation. 


In response, Professor Tadashi Yamada, Faculty of Science and Engineering, who is responsible for the implementation of the Program, described in his address that the2nd Japan -China-Korea Summit held on October 2009 was the beginning of this program and now, it is established as a “Campus Asia” base support projects” which covers expanded area in Asia for tackling capacity building in global-water environmental engineering.He also described that excellent students of the Water Resources University have been dispatched for the 2 fiscal years, it can be said that the student exchange program has been making satisfactory progress and that would like to extend the field of exchange program such as implementation of joint research. He believes that this symposium would become a good opportunity to promote these activities. 


In subsequent keynote speeches and presentations, Japanese and Vietnamese lecturers discussed the current issues and solutions and the latest technical information.Vietnamese lecturers gave presentations concerning Mekong River Delta- Challenge and Solution within the climate change and sea level rise context which is becoming the most serious subject for the economic society of Vietnam; He also described the current situation of river bank and shore erosion in the Central Vietnam and the applied protection measures. Japanese counterparts presented the maintenance of water resources management facilities, example of costal and river erosion measures, Tsunami analysis, the variety and application case of water level meter for flood disaster, and introduction of the river bank protection using the Japanese traditional construction method at Mekong River. Introduction of an example of measures or technology that was strongly conscious of the water related issues of Vietnam in particular seemed to draw the attention of Vietnamese participants. Questions were raised one after another about specific matters such as the cost of development and a background to adopt the technology. Moreover, there was also a concrete proposal about future cooperation, such as implementation of joint research, teacher exchange, and student exchange. 


The symposium provided a useful opportunity for information exchange to consider research exchange and technical cooperation in the field of water environment between the two countries and future direction. It also motivated Vietnamese university to promote handling of the water-related issues through the Program.