MARE project meeting 5th, 10th May 2022

Within the framework of the MARE project “Marine Coastal and Delta Sustainability for Southeast Asia” funded by Erasmus+, Faculty of Marine Resources Management, Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment held the  MARE project meeting on May 5 and May 10, 2022.

The MARE project attracts 13 PCs, which are universities and research institutes from Germany, Italy, Estonia, Vietnam and Malaysia. The objective of the project is to improve the capacity of higher education and postgraduate education in Vietnam and Malaysia, to address the issue of governance and sustainable management of coastal and delta areas.

The MARE project meeting with the participation of the two experts Dr. Anton Shkaruba and Mr. Veljo Kabin from the Estonian University of Life Sciences. On the University side, there were the participation of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Quyen, the University’s principal, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ho Thi Thanh Van, head of the Department of Science, Technology and External Relations, Mr. Le Trung Tri, head of Administration and Equipment Department. Ms. Phan Thi Diem Hanh , Head of Finance Department, Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Nguyet, Head of Faculty of Economics, Dr. Duong Thi Thuy Nga, Head of Faculty of Information Systems, Dr. Do Minh Tuan, Head of Department of Geodesy, Cartography and GIS, Dr. Le Thi Kim Thoa Deputy head of Marine Resources management Faculty,  teachers and students from the Faculty of Marine and Island Resource Management, Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment.

Opening the program, Dr. Le Thi Kim Thoa, MARE project manager introduced the participants and the objectives of the MARE project meeting.

Dr. Le Thi Kim Thoa, project manager of MARE introduces participants and contents of the seminar program

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Huynh Quyen – Rector of Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment welcomed two experts from the European Union, teachers of Departments, Faculties and students who attended the meeting. In the opening speech, he emphasized the importance of the MARE project in building and developing the online training management system with a modern approach. This system has met the needs of HCMUNRE in managing and monitoring the teaching and learning quality of lecturers and students. Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Huynh Quyen – Rector of the University gave the opening speech of the meeting

He hopes that through the report on the implementation of the MARE project and the introduction of HCMUNRE’s e-learning system, the university’s teachers will receive experience sharing about the e-learning system operating at  EMU. He also emphasized the discussion, exchange of contents, plans for training trips in the near future, and opportunities for expanded cooperation with member partners in the future.

Representative of European partners, Dr. Anton Shkaruba, Estonian University of Science and Life, thanked the university for the warm welcome. He highly appreciated the results achieved by the teachers in the project, and the school’s efforts in expanding relationships and cooperation with project members, especially during the covid pandemic.

Dr. Anton Shkaruba, Estonia University of Life Sciences speaking at the meeting

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Quyen presents a souvenir to Dr. Anton Shkaruba

Dr. Le Thi Kim Thoa – Project manager, Faculty of Marine Resources Management reported the progress of the MARE project implementation. She said that the MARE project up to now has built and put an e-learning online training system into use for students majoring in Marine and Environmental Management. Besides the achievements, she also presented the difficulties and challenges when implementing the project, especially in the context of the recent covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Le Thi Kim Thoa briefly presented the results of the project and the difficulties in the implementation
of the MARE project

The project staff in turn reported the school’s co-finance, the process of building the e-learning system, cooperation activities, and signing with members in the framework of the MARE project. Results of the implementation of online teaching using the e-learning system; Results of collecting feedback from students, lecturers, stakeholders about online courses on e-learning system.

After the report on the results achieved up to now and the highly agreed responses from students and teachers participating in the e-learning system of the MARE project, the participants discussed and shared the implemented content, exchange issues that need to be overcome and find ways to overcome the limitations of the current e-learning system.

At the end of the first working day, the members attending the workshop took souvenir photos together

On May 10, 2022, the expert delegation returned to Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City to deploy the content of academic exchanges and advanced lesson design training on the Project’s e-learning system for the lecturers of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment.

At the beginning of the working session, Dr. Anton Shkaruba introduced research directions and topics that European experts can share and collaborate with to improve research and teaching capacity for teachers and students of the PCs of the MARE project.

Dr. Anton Shkaruba introduces the main research directions of the European member experts

After that, the lecturers discussed the topics and research directions of interest, and shared ideas and research plans for the possibility of implementing the program for future PhD students.

Staff share interest topics, research directions, and collaborate with project partners

Continuing the presentation of Dr. Anton Shkaruba, IT expert Veljo Kabin, from Estonian University of Life Sciences introduced the e-learning training system at EMU and shared valuable experiences with the teachers participating in the MARE project.

Veljo Kabin presents EMU’s e-learning system and shares experiences

Teachers discussed and asked questions about how to manage and operate the e-learning system at EMU. After that, there was an advanced training session with in-depth content in designing course lectures, methods of assessing students in the learning process as well as organizing final exams, managing transcripts…

After two days of active work, the project meeting ended and was a great success. The Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment is very grateful for the active support of experts in the past few days and we are very grateful to the Erasmus foundation for creating favorable conditions for project members to have the opportunity, extensive cooperation in research and teaching.



This project has been funded by Erasmus+ CBHE programme of the European Union.

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8th December 2021 Postgraduate Colloquium 2/2021

The Postgraduate Colloquium was plan on 8th December 2021. It is an event organize by Postgraduate
Section, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Marine Engineering Technology. It is created to
inculcate research and innovation culture among researchers and postgraduate students, and it is
conducted in semester basis.
It is home grown activity with the ideas for sharing with others academia with the study made by
postgraduate students. The event participates by local and international postgraduate students also
involve our own staff that pursuing their study.
The colloquium will help the postgraduate students to growth their confident while sharing their outcome
and exchange their project novelty for future development. Organizer give an opportunity for MARE to
advertise and promote the project during the session. The information has circulated for their info and
further discussion.

ATTENDEES Approx. 40 pax.


November 1-16, 2021 Sustainability science and management for resilient coastal communities and fishing stocks

Sustainability science and management for resilient coastal communities and fishing stocks
The November school SMART will be run in a hybrid format, with teachers and resources persons mostly present at the school venue in Mazara del Vallo (Italy) and most of the audience participating online. It will include lectures, online discussions and skill training, and two group projects involving the students working at the school venue as well as ones following this online and exploring cases in Malaysia and Vietnam.
The topics the school will explore are:
–             Resilience of coastal communities – socioeconomic and biophysical drivers, including the trade-offs between the multiple uses of marine and coastal resources
–             Planning perspective on coastal sustainable development, including the tourism related urban sprawl, accounting for competing multiple uses, and coastal defense
–             Bioeconomics on the interface of the sea and terrain
–             Integrative sustainable coastal management and governance
–             Sustainability indicators for coastal communities, and coastal and marine ecosystems
–             Field methods for coastal ecological research
–             Marine biological resources, their stocks and sustainable management
–             Remote sensing methods for exploring coastal and marine sustainability

–             “Kind city” as a model for sustainable development of a coastal urban community
–             Management of fishing stock for sustainable field

The main teaching period is November 1-7, 2021, and a post-school of November 8-14 allocated for tutoring, independent project work and the graduation. We expect a large international audience to attend online. Our capacity is limited to 50 participants; most of the audience is expected to represent MARE and URGENT Erasmus+ projects, including both the representatives of EU universities as well as India, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The November School is prepared by Istituto per lo studio degli impatti Antropici e Sostenibilità in ambiente marino (Capo Granitola, Italy), Istituto per le Risorse Biologiche e le Biotecnologie Marine (Mazara del Vallo, Italy), University of Catania (Italy), University of Bremen (Germany), Estonian Life Science University (Tartu, Estonia), and the city of Mazara del Vallo in cooperation with international partners.

If you are interested to participate in the school, we kindly ask you to fill in the online application form:

18th November 2021 Industry Engagement Dialogue

Industry Engagement Dialogue was conducted on 18th November 2021. It is an event organized by
Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Corporate Communication Department together with International, Industrial
and Institutional Partnership Unit. The main objective of the event to discuss from industry perspective
on potential workforce to succeed in the era of the 4th Industry Revolution.
The dialogue brings the expert from various industry that actively exposed in the IR 4.0 culture. The
panel involve in the dialogue were Dr. Peter Blomeyer (German Ambassor to Malaysia), Mr. Daniel
Bernbeck (CEO of Malaysia-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Prof. Ir. Dr. Azmi Hassan
(Managing Director of German-Malaysian Institute), Dr. James J. Govindasamy (General Manager of
CIBA Vision and Mr. Christoph Muller (Senior VP Operation at B.Braun Asia Pasific).
The panels have given the opinion with regards the topics based on their experiences and
implementation at their company. The transition from the conventional methods to advance
technologies slightly affected the performance of the employees. The employees need to attend
reskilling and upskilling training to improve their knowledge in that area. The changes good for future
development of country especially Malaysia due to most of the investor keen to use the latest and
update technologies such as argumented reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Clouds, Cyber Security,
The dialogue has been attended by postgraduate students and staff of UniKL. The attendees were
exposed on several investigation study made by CIBA Vision and B.Braun on successful of
implementation new style of working environment that been implemented at their company.

ATTENDEES: Approx. 100 pax.

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8th Nov 2021: Industry in Classroom_ Conservation Tourism

On the 8th of November 2021, Mrs. Aimi Osman (Project Manager of Alunan Coral Project) was invited to a sharing session for Marine Resources Management (MMS3623) class, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Throughout the session, Mrs. Aimi shared about the role of Alunan Resort in conserving coral in Perhentian Island waters, Terengganu. Alunan Resort was appointed as one of the Malaysian Department of Fisheries (DOF) strategic partner in resource management, focusing on the restoration of damaged reef around Pulau Perhentian and conducting the marine awareness program with the public. Besides that, Alunan Resort also actively collaborate with the local universities on the coral conservation program, planting variety of corals in their nursery as well as on energy recycling to make full use of any energy within the resort compound. Mrs. Aimi also stated that until July 2021, Alunan Coral Project has successfully built a large area of coral nursery, planted 1,555 corals, and convinced the public to adopt 454 corals within the Pulau Perhentian waters. This project also has initiated the corals adoption program via Lazada, where anyone can adopt corals and participate in coral conservation just in one click. Everyone is welcome to visit their coral nursery and participate in the conservation program as well. Let’s conserve our nature by adopting corals ( and everyone is welcome to follow them via or

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