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.
SEMINAR ON COASTAL AND MARINE GEOLOGY 2022 DEEP SEABED MINING: PERSPECTIVE FROM A DEVELOPING NATION
Project Date: 09.03.2022
Time: 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue: Online Workshop
Audience: Undergraduate students from various higher learning institution, stakeholders (governmental agencies and private sector)
The deep seabed mining seminar was held on 09.03.2022 from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. This event was an event organized by the University Malaysia of Terengganu (UMT), Coastal and Marine Geology Working Group – Institute of Geology Malaysia (IGM) with collaboration with Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM) and managed by Academy GEX as the event organizer. This event was initially proposed by Mr Abdullah Sulaiman as the chairman of the working group committee.
This event has become the annual platform for various stakeholders to share and discuss their finding related to the marine and coastal area development. The event theme focusing on the enhancing participation of developing nations in regulating deep seabed mining. This event was opened by Mr Abdul Rasid Jaapar (President of IGM) and later was officiated by Dato’ Seri Mohd Ajib Anuar (President of Malaysian Chamber of Mines).
Session speakers were comprised of various professional from academics, industry, and the policy maker. The speakers for this year including researchers from academic and research institute, government officer and industry players. Participant were comprise of representative from the governmental agencies, undergraduates and postgraduates students from higher learning institution, private companies and non-governmental organization. The closing remarks were given later by Dato’ Zakaria Mohamad| Chairman (Board of Geologist Malaysia).
Brochure Seminar Deep Seabed Mining Perspectives From The Developing Nation (
Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) with collaboration with Marine Department Malaysia
(MARDEP) and supported by the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) has organized an event name
Malaysia Maritime Week 2022 (MMW22) held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 22nd – 25th
February 2022. MMW22 engaged prominent experts and specialists from across the industry to
discuss the l attest developments and challenges in maritime sphere. This exhibition brings together
the maritime ecosystem under one roof, and offers the ability for networking, business opportunity
and stay in touch with your colleagues.
With the theme, ‘New Technologies for Greener Shipping”, the vent provided a spotlight on discussions
for green transition of the maritime sector. The maritime industry needs to thrive in the new normal, to
move beyond recovering from this crisis towards focusing on building effective strategies and exploring
new approaches to emerge successfully from this global pandemic.
UniKL has given an opportunity to pen the booth during the 3 days event and slot for knowledge sharing
especially to the programme offered at UniKL that suit with the maritime requirements.
During sharing knowledge session, the speaker briefly discussed about the programme that has
collaboration and funded by Erasmus Mundus fund. Speaker shared the objective, the benefit and
outcome from involved in the project.
The session has been attended by attendee during that day and spell out in the event interactive
ATTENDEES Approx. 200 pax.
The Welcoming and Orientation Day event hosted by UniKL and UniKL MIMET was conducted on
8th February 2022 for Bachelor and postgraduate programmes. It was attended by approximately
40 new 1st year students. The briefing was conducted by Programme Coordinator and assisting by
team member, Mrs Azila Ayub. The main contents of the briefing include the brief introduction about
the UniKL campus as general, programme learning outcome, programme pathways, as well as the
introduction to the MARE that UniKL as involved in.
Students also been shared the courses involve in the project and the output and benefits by
involvement on it. Ms. Azila Ayub also mentioned the possibility of the students involved in Summer
School and selected workshop during the duration of the project.
Information about the project as overall and the objectives of the project contribution for the selected
courses in Bachelor of Maritime Operation and Master of Maritime Operations and Management
The event was made successful through collaboration between the Dean’s Office, Marketing Unit
(MeSRA) and the Academic Services Section (AcSS).
Approx. 40 pax.
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: https://forms.gle/f2zUr6cm8NpCJcwY8