▼Education & Research Capability Building Project of Hanoi Agricultural University, Vietnam
|Cooperation period||September 1, 1998 – August 31, 2003|
|Form of support||Technical cooperation project|
|Amount of cooperation||778 million yen|
|Background of implementation|| Agriculture is the main industry in Vietnam, accounting for about 28% of the GDP and 73% of the employed population, and the trends in agricultural production are an important element that influences the domestic economy.
The Vietnamese Government has implemented the Doi Moi (renovation) policy since 1986, with the prime task of framing and managing agricultural policies based on the market economy, researching and developing the technology necessary for modern agriculture, and moreover, fostering personnel to instruct farms in the agricultural field as well.
Furthermore, the Vietnamese Government has given overriding priority to the policy of enhancement of the quality of university education in its socio-economic development plans (1996 – 2000.) Additionally, Hanoi Agricultural University has sent a number of graduates to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Agricultural Research Institutions, etc., and has been the central core of advanced agricultural education in Vietnam since its establishment in 1956; however, the function and capability of the university have become diminished as support from former communist countries has been reduced to zero.
Under these circumstances, the Vietnamese Government made plans to enhance the education and research at the university, and made a request to Japan for project-type technical cooperation with the purpose of transferring modern knowledge and technology for education, research and organizational management, and upgrading experimental equipment.
|Contents of cooperation||
For the purpose of enhancing the quality of education and research at Hanoi Agricultural University, the project implemented cooperative activities such as technical instruction to teachers, advice on improving the syllabus, and development of the facilities for the Faculty of Agronomy, the Faculty of Land and Water Resources Management, and the Faculty of Economics and Rural Development.
(1) Overall Goal: To improve the quality of education and research at Hanoi Agricultural University as a whole.
(2) Project Purpose: To improve the quality of education and research in three faculties (Faculty of Agronomy, Faculty of Land and Water Resources Management, and Faculty of Economics and Rural Development) at Hanoi Agricultural University.
(3) Results 1) Quality of research is improved.
With regard to the organizational aspect of sustainability, it is indispensable to improve the working environment of the counterparts. If this action is not in place, the counterparts will not be able to take time for research due to the increasing number of students, resulting in an increase of classes for the counterparts.
In terms of the financial condition of the university, the annual revenue of the university has tended to increase as it has accepted more research grants and more tuition fees from the students. In addition, the President of the university has announced the intention to secure the budget for the sustainability of the project. However, this will require a considerably high cost of maintenance and management to make it possible for the university to continuously use the equipment provided through the project. Hence, the situation cannot be optimized.