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A Collaborative Education Partnership

According to an IMOU between Colorado State University (CSU) and Vietnam Forestry University (VFU) and following an invitation from Vietnam Forestry University, two separate delegations from Warner College of Natural Resources came and worked in collaboration with VFU from June 9-17 and September 8-16, 2008. The general purpose of the visits was to develop a strong and mutually beneficial cooperation between two Universities. 

Background

Located in the Southeast of Asia, Vietnam holds within its boundaries a significant portion of the world’s biological diversity, including rare and unique organisms and an unusual mixture of tropical and temperate species. In recent decades, Vietnam, like many other countries, face threats posed by a growing population and developing economy. These threats increase demands on natural resources and without proper planning and management will threaten Vietnam’s rich biodiversity. VFU, the only forestry university in Vietnam, fills a critical role in research and education in natural resource management. By cooperation with VFU, WCNR has made many contributions to biodiversity conservation in Vietnam and plays an important role in promoting the mutual understanding and global awareness of natural resource management issues. 

Collaborative Goals

CSU VFU delegation

Objectives for the delegations to Vietnam were to discuss teaching experiences and training programs, give short lectures on topics of interest and a seminar on proposal design for research projects, and participate in excursions to explore some natural resource management hotspots in Vietnam. For long-term cooperation, WCNR will: 1) provide lectures for VFU student’s onsite; 2) help VFU develop an advanced curriculum for Forest Resource and Environmental Management; and 3) take part in conducting research in collaboration with VFU researchers.

Visiting Accomplishments

The delegation visits identified future exchanges between VFU and WCNR.

  1. Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Stednick went to VFU in Spring 2009 to teach two courses:
    • Forest and Land Use Hydrology and
    • Watershed Measurements.

    As part of its contribution, VFU will establish a weather station and a stream gauging station for teaching and demonstration purposes. VFU will provide a teaching associate for each course so that the courses will be taught in the future.

  2. Several key issues (i.e., mine restoration, forest ecology, protected area management and tourism impacts) in natural resource conservation were identified for future research cooperation with VFU.
  3. Four delegates from VFU visited WCNR in Spring 2009 to further discuss the cooperative agreement between two universities and to renew the IMOU between the two universities.   
Next Steps

Wei and Khoa

  • Explore opportunities for further student and faculty exchanges;
  • Develop an advanced curriculum of Forest Resource and Environmental Management for VFU, including five specializations: (1) Forest Resources Management, (2) Watershed Science, (3) Spatial Information Management Systems, (4) Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism and (5) Parks and Protected Area Management.
  • Develop a joint research proposal to include funding for graduate students from VFU to obtain their degree’s at CSU; and
  • Develop proposals for collaborative research in Vietnam.