As a leading research university, VGU care about creating a fair environment for female colleague, encourage not only more female engineer to join the workplace, but also more girl and woman to attend our engineering study programs.

1. A conversation with renown women in a research university

The host is Katharina Beckmann – the Head of Academic and Students Affairs Department here at the Vietnamese-German University. She expresses her glad to be here to talk about a topic that is very dear to her heart: Being a female engineer at the research university of VGU.

Being a female engineer herself, having studied architecture, a lot of the challenges and conflicts discuss today she has faced during her studies or in professional life. Joining with Ms. Katharina are two other female professors:
Dr. Vi Nguyen Hong is the Academic Coordinator of the Master Program Global Production Engineering Management (GPE) and also a lecturer in Sustainable Product Development. Dr. Vi got a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (2017), Old Dominion University, USA. She has several years of working in the industry, and her research university interests include the fields of sustainable development, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, advanced manufacturing technology, and production planning.

Dr. Hien Nguyen Minh is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor Program Electrical & Computer Engineering and has been until recently the Vice Dean of Studies for the Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Hien got a Ph.D. degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and has been a Postdoc at Stanford Research University, USA. She is teaching Signal Processing at VGU since 2015. And her Fields of Expertise are Digital signal processing, Digital image processing, Magnetic resonance imaging.

2. Brief introduction about women in a research university

Although Vietnam ranks high globally in terms of its female labor participation rate – around 79 percent of women aged between 15 and 64 are either engaged in paid work or are looking for jobs in Vietnam compared to 85 percent of men – Vietnamese women still face a lot of challenges being in the workforce. One of them is a significant gender pay gap. The income of women in managerial positions was about 12 percent lower than their male counterparts in 2016.
Besides, Vietnamese women still face prejudices, including societal and cultural notions of women being homemakers. And while the female participation rate in Vietnam is impressive, there is visible gender disparity regarding overall labor force participation within different industries.

In technical fields, it’s challenging for women to gain professorships even at research universities that employ women faculties. So, in fact, despite some improvements, Vietnamese women still have several hurdles to overcome to get equal access to job opportunities and career advancements. And unfortunately, VGU is no exception: as a research university, the majority of our lecturers are still male, and currently, only around 10% of the students in our engineering programs are female.

3. An honest conversation of being a female engineering

In the beginning, the talk show focus on the discussion of whether a man is better suited to become engineers. There are many examples of how it can be an advantage to be a female. A lot of changes in the past years but still No more different. Of course, there are challenges. But as a female, we also have advantages. She also gives some examples of the rate of female studying/working in the engineering field, in research university, and the case of VGU students.


The reality of women working in engineering field or in research university is still very alerting

Next, both guests share the reasons why they chose your field of work and the path that lead them to become a VGU lecturer. Along with that are the challenges that they had to overcome during the studies and professional life being a female engineer in a research university?

Most importantly, the guest continues to propose tips for a future female engineering student at VGU on how to overcome those challenges and what characteristics they think should female students in engineering programs have. They also list out some of the main reason why research university and the industry is the right choice for female engineering students now, including Employers want female engineers, You’ll make a difference in the world, Engineers are paid well, You get to be creative, You’ll have plenty of career options…

How do you define “what is engineering” in the past and now? Did you experience any changes in your field of work, particularly the research university environment? This exciting topic from an audience’s question creates another fun exchange in the talk show. Engineers use both scientific knowledge and mathematics, on the one hand, to develop technologies and infrastructure to address human, social and economic issues and challenges on the other.

Engineers connect social needs with innovation and commercial applications. So to sum up on this topic of female engineering at research university:

Although huge steps have been made in the past, we still have a long way to go until we truly reach gender equality In Vietnam as well as all around the world, especially in the engineering field.

But we have encouraging role models amidst us like Dr. Vi and Dr. Hien that show us that it is possible to be successful in a male-dominated field and make a difference. At a research university like VGU, things are changing, and you can be positive about a better outcome.

Apply to VGU to one of our 14 Bachelor and Master Programs. And say yes to your bright future as a female engineer or in whatever field you chose to study at VGU.

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Sustainable manufacturing is the future of the industry. More and more system and machine need to be employed in this field to increase the productivity and quality. In recent years, smart materials become a constant choice of many researcher to actively innovate the design and manufacture process of these kind of commercial machinery. This project from VGU on the tele-manipulator is an example for the success of smart material application.

1. General information

Project title: Design and manufacture of 4-DOF tele-manipulator with force/moment feedback system featuring smart materials
Code number: KYTH-114
Coordinator: Nguyen Quoc Hung
Implementing institution: Vietnamese German University
Duration: from 6/2018 to 12/2019
Design and manufacture a 4-DOF tele-manipulator with force/moment feedback system using smart material (MR fluid) based brakes

2. Creativeness and innovativeness in using smart materials

There have been many studies on force feedback mechanisms and some have been commercialized. In the past, most force feedback systems used electric motors and pneumatic actuators to reflect the force and torque in the working environment to the operator. The basic disadvantages of the electric motor feedback system are the bulky structure, slow response time, and low mobility. In recent years, with the strong development of research and application of smart materials, especially MR fluid, there have been a number of researches on force feedback mechanism using MR fluid. Simulation and empirical results from these studies have shown that MR fluid liked smart material has the potential to be applied in force feedback mechanisms. Although there have been a number of studies on MR fluid based force feedback systems, here are very few studies on the development of feedback systems for industrial robots that are widely used.

In 2016, PhD Nguyen Ngoc Diep and I successfully conducted the research project “Research, design and manufacture of a tele-manipulator with force feedback”. However, the ability to feedback the force from the working end-effector of the Slave to the operator of the Master is not good due to the large friction force and due to the implicit reverse problem to determine the torque at the joints of the mechanical arm. This is because the Master arm in that study is a 3-DOF Elbow manipulating mechanism.

In this study, utilizing the smart materials, we proposed a new 4-DOF tele-manipulator system featuring a spherical master manipulator, 3 rotary MR brakes and one linear MR brake. With this type of master mechanism, the basic disadvantages of the master elbow manipulator are overcome. The feedback forces can be controlled independently so it is convenient for precise control of the desired forces acting on the operator. In addition, this Master mechanism is very convenient to attach an MRF brake at the end to feedback the rolling torque.


The usage of MR fluid smart material create new direction for the project

3. Research results

After completing this research project, we have achieved the following results
– Proposing the configuration and working principle of force feedback featuring a master spherical mechanism and MR brakes (smart material MR fluid).
– Design of 4-DOF master and slave systems integrated force feedback mechanism with maximum feedback force up to 40N, feedback torque up to 5Nm.
– Develop a position and force feedback controller for the Master-Slave system
– Manufacturing the Master-Slave system with force feedback
– Develop an experimental system to evaluate the performance of the Master-Slave system
– Training 01 Master student
– Publications related to the topic.

4. Products:

a) Scientific products
– 01 ISI article
– 02 domestic / international conferences
– 02 international articles (Scopus)
– 01 domestic article

b) Applied Products
– A detailed drawings of the 4-DOF tele-manipulator system with smart materials force feedback
– A prototype of the 4-DOF tele-manipulator system with force feedback using MR brakes.

5. Transfer alternatives, application institutions, impacts and benefits of research results

a) Transfer method:

Technology transfer – commercialize products

b) Application address:

– Smart materials and system Lab, Vietnamese German University
– Further development for practical applications such as pick-place, assembly in hazardous and dangerous environments when required.

c) Benefits of research results

– Relevant scientific publications contribute to the enhancement of the scientific research position of Vietnam-Germany University. The study also contributed to the training of 01 master student. In addition, the project supports to build a research group on smart materials and systems at Vietnamese-German University. Moreover, the subject’s products can be replicated for research and teaching activities at universities in Vietnam.

– The research results create a new development in remotely controlling industrial robots working in dangerous and hazardous environments with force feedback and bring many applications in future.

– The research results contribute in improving labor efficiency in hazardous environments; contribute to minimize labor accidents affecting human health when working directly in hazardous environments.



How will the world cope post-pandemic is the hottest subject right now, even in economic research topics. We now surely will face the greatest financial crisis this century thus far, and with the situation changing every day, experts have to adjust their prediction continuously as well. This time, VGU invites you to take part in a live economic research discussion with special guest in the academic field.

1. Economic research topics regarding Vietnam’s future

Although the Covid-19 epidemic is having a global impact, Vietnam is a promising destination that receives much attention from FDI enterprises. Economic research and experts predict Vietnam will become a regional spotlight of attracting FDI from economics giants such as the US, EU, Japan, or South Korea after the COVID-19 crisis. As the main driving force of the economy, SMEs will continue to become the significant role of benefitting from such opportunity.

However, SMEs continue to face problems such as access to finance, market access, and competition with foreign firms. Local businesses should be prepared to enhance the capacity to be ready for further cooperation, including the SMEs and entrepreneurial community! In response to such changes, SMEs companies are facing demands to restructure, expand, or accessing support from various resources.

There are no exact economic research at this moment, so what should SMEs do to seize these opportunities? What are SMEs’s expectations for next period? How Government and policymaker support the community?

2. The successful live conversation

With the help of our speakers, we will discuss the following topic: “Vietnamese SMEs after COVID-19 crisis: Opportunities and Challenges”

It is VGU’s pleasure to welcome some experienced guests in the field of economic research. Among them are:

– Dr. Hà Thúc Viên – Vice President of Vietnamese German University
– Mr. Brian O’Reilly – Academic Coordinator of Master Business Administration Program of VGU
– Dr. Lê Văn Hà – Lecturer in Economics cum Academic Coordinator for the Bachelor Study program of Business Administration


Special talk show with the attend of economic research expert

3. Detail on the economic research topic

Question 1: Vietnamese SMEs are suffering severe damages from COVID-19, how can SMEs survive and maintain the sustainable growth after the economic crisis is over?

Answers: The pandemic surely is devastating for the global economic. Its impact run wide and deep in every corner of the industry that no economic research or report can predict and describe. Vietnam is no exception with multiple SMEs, especially start-up have to postpone, cut down, or go bankrupt. The biggest help right now come from the government with their policies to keeping SMEs up and working. However, in these critical times, it is up to the entrepreneurs and their management and innovation skill to lead the SMEs through the hardship. This is a fundamental skill in the business work, which include in the MBA program at VGU.

Question 2: How can SME’s innovation activities be enhanced to cope with such good chances and challenges? What problems need to be identified to develop?

Answers: After the epidemic, economic research and experts predict Vietnam will enter a new development phase with more opportunities and many challenges for the business community. Since SMEs contribute more than 50% of GDP, and it will continue to rise in the future, SMEs will be the main enterprises that obtain benefit from the new wave of investment.

Vietnam will become a promising destination for FDI after epidemic. With stable political system, professional labor force, open economy with multiple free trade agreement, all economic research and survey point out that the new wave of FDI investment is coming.

Identify problems of Vietnamese SMEs; including the often use of outdated technology, management systems, the ineffective use of the labor, weak ability to access the market information…

Question 3: How do Vietnamese SMEs develop and implement its internationalization marketing strategy in developing countries?

Answers: SMEs are becoming more and more a subject of considerable attention in developing countries. All economic research in the past few decade has point to this. They are involved in providing goods, services, and employment in the domestic market, as well as being the driving force behind many innovations and contributions to the growth of the national economy. Nowadays, more and more Vietnamese SMEs tend to go beyond national borders to expand their market. However, in the past various problems have occurred continuously in the process of internationalization according to economic research. To overcome that kind of barrier, Vietnamese SMEs have to prioritize international marketing strategies to enhance competitive advantages. Economic research last year shows that SMEs provide 1 million new job every year in Viet Nam.
Vietnamese SMEs is flexible, able to adapt well, so even in the crisis time like this, they can survive well.

Question 4: Germany has been very successful with the strategy to support SMEs since a large number of German SMEs become global market leaders. What can Vietnamese SMEs and policymakers learn to boost the successes of our SMEs soon?

Answers: 90% of company in German is SMEs, dignity and unity culture, excellent in production high-tech equipment (according to economic research). They has good access to international market since their product is the best in the niche related field, and specific marketing strategies that serve them well in the long process. This is something the Vietnamese SMEs can learn and inherit to their actions and long term strategies. At VGU, we provide the knowledge and tools for our MBA students to be able to adapt this for their company.

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How should we manage urban development towards Smart City? A thoroughly study from VGU

In urban development theory, a smart city is a metropolitan area that uses different types of electronic Internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources, and services efficiently. The development of a smart city is a must for every country that intent to brand itself as a modern metropolitan. However, the critical problem right now is the math of managing urban development.

1. General information

– Project title: ‘Study on Scientific and Practical Foundations and Propose Solutions for
Managing Urban development towards Smart City’.
– Code number: MOET03.
– Principal Investigator: Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hieu.
– Implementing institution: Vietnamese German University.
– Direction: Sustainable urban development and transportation
– Duration: From 07/2017 to 12/2018.

2. What does this urban development program research aim at?

The study aims to develop a scientific foundation for managing integrated development, assess opportunities, and alternative solutions for smarter managing urban development in Ho Chi Minh City.

3. Originality and creativities of the project

The research synthesized theories and updated practices on managing smarter urban growth to match the urban development context of Vietnam.

Alternatives for building more integrated institutional platforms for urban development management are discussed in Ho Chi Minh City development context. Data from institutional analyses, in-depth interviews with managerial authorities from eight component urban development departments and Project Management Units, group discussions and seminars with academic scholars during two conferences and three workshops were compiled to propose institutional frameworks and platforms for improving the integration of urban development management among various stakeholders operating in both District and City levels and private sector.

Especially, from the proposed institutional framework, we developed and assessed two solutions for urban development on: (1) Report ‘Assessment of Decentralized Flood Reduction Approach for a Neighborhood in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City’ (to verify the technical solution opportunities with the local community and check the hydraulics modeling for the drainage of rainwater); and (2) Proposal of research to develop a new tool to apply ‘Adaptive Development Control to Transport Infrastructure Level of Service’ in Ho Chi Minh City Department of Urban Planning and Architecture (collaborating with Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport).

4. Research results on the urban development of Ho Chi Minh City

The research has fulfilled all tasks and has submitted most products planned in the research agreement, including:
Research results have systemized knowledge of urban development management towards the smart city from various sources, including international and national publications, as well as interviews with public authorities, academic scholars, and the local community.

Scientific products (03 National Journal Articles, 03 International Conference Papers, 03 National Conference Papers), educational product (01 on-going master thesis), and 01 research proposal in the collaboration with city-level authority (Ho Chi Minh City Department of Urban Planning and Architecture).
Research products will continue to be developed and transferred to universities, research institutions, and public authorities to support and improve the capacity of stakeholders in the field of urban development management.

5. Transfer alternatives, application institutions, impacts and benefits of research results

– Transfer alternatives:
Transfer research results to research and managing institutions free of charge.

– Application Institutions
Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Urban Planning and Architecture, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Construction, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communication, Ho Chi Minh City Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program, and Urban Development Department Agency – Ministry of Construction, and Binh Duong Smart City Office.

– Impacts and benefits for education and training:
Develop human resources in the fields of urban planning and sustainable urban development.

– Effects and benefits for science and technology:
Develop a theoretical background for building institutional platforms supporting smarter urban growth based-on integrated, strategic, and collaborative approaches.

– Impacts and benefits for socio-economic development:
Assess opportunities for implementing integrated and multi-sector development management tools in the case of traffic congestion reduction in the city core and urban flooding reduction in the newly urbanized area of Ho Chi Minh City.


The research shows some interesting result apply for Urban development Department in Ho Chi Minh City

6. Products for the urban development program

– Scientific products:

[1] 01 National Journal Article “Institutional and Governance Renovation towards Smart City Urban development” published in ‘The Builder’ Journal Vol. 03-04, 2018 and Vol. 05-06, 2018. Author: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu.

[2] 01 National Journal Article “Smart City – From the Perspective of Systems Structure and Platform for Innovative Ecosystem,” published in ‘Journal of Construction Planning’ Vol. 94, 2018. Author: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu.

[3] 01 National Journal Article “Discussions on ‘Compact’ City Development in Viet Nam,” published in ‘Journal of Construction Planning’ Vol. 94, 2018. Author: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu.

[4] 01 Conference Paper “Institutional Platform for Urban development Management towards Smart City” was published in Proceeding of the International Conference “Open Data for Binh Duong Smart City Development” on 27th November 2017 in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Author: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu.

[5] 01 Conference Paper “Integrated Urban development Management for a Smarter Region, The Case of Ho Chi Minh City” was published in Proceeding of the International Conference “The 14th Asian Urbanization International Conference” on 12th January 2018 in King Mongkut University, Thailand. Authors: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu and Tran Hoang Nam.

[6] 01 Conference Paper “Governing Challenges and Some Probable Solutions for Smarter Growth in Ho Chi Minh City” was published in Proceeding of the International Conference “Strategies and Solutions to Smart City Development” on 23th-25th August 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, Vietnam. Authors: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu and Tran Hoang Nam.

[7] 01 Conference Paper “Challenges and Strategic Options for Urban development Management towards Sustainable Development in Ho Chi Minh City” published in Proceeding of the National Conference “Development Vision for Ho Chi Minh City towards Livable City” on 17th November 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Development Studies, Vietnam. Authors: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu and Tran Hoang Nam.

[8] 01 Conference Paper “Demand and Motivation for Integrated Development Management towards Smart City in Ho Chi Minh City Region” were published in Proceeding of the National Conference “Demand and Motivation for Integrated Urban development Management towards Smart City in Ho Chi Minh City Region” on 19th January 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Development Studies, Vietnam. Authors: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu and Tran Hoang Nam.

[9] 01 Conference Paper “Opportunities and Alternatives for Integrated Development Management towards Smart City in Ho Chi Minh City Region” was published in Proceeding of the National Conference “Opportunities and Alternatives for Integrated Urban development Management towards Smart City in Ho Chi Minh City Region” on 07th June 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Development Studies, Vietnam. Authors: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu, Tran Hoang Nam, Vo Dao Chi, and Tran Quang Dao.

[10] 01 National Journal Article “Assessing Decentralized Flood Reduction Approach, A Case Study in Binh Trung Tay Neighborhood, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City” to be published in ‘The Builder’ Journal Vol. 01-02, 2019. Author: Nguyen Ngoc Hieu, Trinh Thanh Tu, Ho Van Hoa, and Tran Hoang Nam.

– Product applications:

[1] 01 Report on Scientific and Practical Foundation for Urban development Management towards Smart City.

[2] 01 Report on Proposing Solutions for Development Management towards Smart City.


Global production Livestream – Shaping the future of Manufacturing Industry in Vietnam

The reality of the global production industry is that everything runs wild! While the new normal is still in the shaping phase, every country tiptoe around the problem tries to figure out what best to do. With some advantage in this global pandemic, how should Vietnam react? What are the obstacles and challenges? What should Vietnam implement to be a leading manufacturing country? All of this will be discussed in the exclusive global production Livestream from VGU: “Shaping the Future of Manufacturing Industry in Vietnam.”

1. Economic research on the current situation

Like the global production in other countries hit by COVID-19, Vietnam’s economy has also suffered significant losses throughout the outbreak. In the first three months of the year, almost 35,000 businesses went bankrupt.

The novel coronavirus pandemic and trade tensions have driven the shift of production lines from China to Southeast Asia. Especially, multinational companies such as Samsung, LG, and many Japanese manufacturers have been moving factories from China to Vietnam, or have established new global production facilities in Vietnam rather than in China.

Thanks to such an opportunity, it is a chance for Vietnam to take a step toward the global production manufacturing industry. It is making significant progress in affirming its position as a production base. However, Vietnam is still facing many barriers and challenges to reach the goal.

2. Talking about the future of global production industry

To shine a light on this pressing matter, Vietnamese-German University (VGU) is proud to bring in some of the experts in the economic research field:

1. Dr. Sebastian Schumacher – Global production engineering and Management (GPE) Program Manager cum GPE Academic Coordinator at TU Berlin
2. Dr. Nguyen Hong Vi – Academic Coordinator of Global production engineering and Management Program of VGU
3. Dr. Thomas Guidat – Director of Industrial Relations and Technology Transfer Center of VGU
4. Mr. Brian O’Reilly – Academic Coordinator of Master Business Administration Program of VGU
3. Summary of the Livestream

Question 1: Strategic focus on the macro-economic global production situation

Economic research has shown that, in the last decade, Vietnam consistently registered robust growth and considered as a destination of choice for foreign direct investment (FDI). What will be the challenges for the county to keep sustainable growth in the years to come?

Dr. Sebastian Schumacher:

– The international environment brings positive outlook for Vietnam as many factors are calling for a shift of global production out of China (US-China trade war, lack of trust due to the responsibility in COVID crisis)
– International standards will be the norm, as agreed upon in the treaties
– VN industry must increase its standards to cope with the new environment: improve quality, workers safety connection to the global supply chain through industry 4.0
– The shift from low value-added activities such as assembly to a more reliable integration in the global production value chain (Vinfast, Thaco, Viettel as examples)
– German companies very present in Vietnam and reinforcing the investment in the country with a clear focus on manufacturing activities


The future for global production is promising but also contain many challenges

Question 2: Current situation in Vietnam and the gaps for higher education

Global production plays a vital role in national economic development. However, the quality of Vietnamese labor resources in manufacturing is still a significant concern. World Bank has ranked Vietnam in 11th place out of 12 Asian countries based on economic research on the quality of human resources. We still lack the vital skills needed to succeed in the global production ecosystem. How are these factors relevant to this industry? Are there any suggestions from the education system for policymakers to improve the quality of human resources?

Dr. Nguyen Hong Vi and Dr. Thomas Guidat:

– Oversupply of graduates, but companies still cannot hire. One of the reasons is the disconnection from universities to the industry environment.
– VN is still finding the critical skills needed to succeed in the global production ecosystem. Need of the people with the right attitude in companies. Therefore, the most important is to show you have an overview of the local and global challenges to get hired as a manager.
– Threat: build HR capacities to go from factor-based advantages to the knowledge-based, value-added focused economy to follow the macro-economic shift.
– VGU has set the IRTTC in 2015 and enjoy a very close relationship with industry. Also, VGU’s graduates perform very well in the industry (95% of students find a suitable job 3 months after graduation).
– The global production engineering and management curriculum at VGU has been developed in considering the requirements in Vietnam and Germany. A first call to industry: scholarships from adidas, framas, pepperl and fuchs, zwilling…

Question 3: Technical / Hard skills development and ways to teach them

Why a technical master’s degree in Global production Management is essential to company and learner itself? How can a standard German curriculum promote competencies for students in the future of the manufacturing industry and economic research?

Mr. Brian O’Reilly:

– The Bachelor learns how to apply single methods. The master can justify what is the change/innovation needed in an ecosystem and develop a strategy to use it. The reason is that the Master student has a broad understanding of the various technical area of global production and knows how to implement.
– German engineering: innovative subjects in VN such as Simulation of Production Systems, along with opportunities to do projects with companies after each course.
– Furthermore, with courses in English only, international program, best lecturers, practical and project-oriented learning, closing the knowing-doing gap, excellent relations with industry; Global production engineering and management is a great choice for people who want to shape the future of the industry.

Watch the full livestream for more interesting conversation here


An Environmental science Livestream – Water technology, reuse, and management: From theory to practice

With the help of experts in the environmental science field, VGU brings you a particular discussion about “WATER TECH, REUSE & MANAGEMENT: From Theory to Practice.” This is a chance for us to look back on the reality of water demand and water treatment, as well as expectations about what comes next.

1. A full picture on water treatment tech, reuse, and management

Water has always been a hot spot in the Environment Science field, especially consider its warning stage in recent years. In the last few decades, the growth in water demand has doubled the global population and will reach 4,350 billion cubic meters by 2040. Water demand growth is also likely to vary based on region and sector. However, water treatment systems are slow to accommodate changes in supply or demand.

Luckily, there is an encouraging number of innovative technologies, systems, processes, and management approaches emerging for water treatment, including new water treatment systems, business models, and approaches to effectively managing water resources.

2. A straightforward conversation

Our livestream honor to have the presence of two environmental science expert:

  • Dr. Tran Le Luu – Academic coordinator of Water Technology, Reuse, and Management Program of Vietnamese-German University
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing Martin Wagner – Director of Institute of Water Resources Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt, Germany) cum Professor, Program Director of Water Technology, Reuse and Management Program VGU

Two guests offer their unique view on the matter, as the importance of water technology in relation to environmental science, ecology, economic, regional, and global impact. Or how can environmental science can and will deliver a solution in water treatment?

At the same time, the guests also emphasize the role of education in upgrading the playing field of Water technology. A program like Master’s Degree off Water Technology, Reuse, and Management is renowned in the environmental science field, field, with the quality certified by German accreditation agencies. Main points of argument include:
How will the WTE program contribute to the sustainable urban drainage, water treatment, and management in general and in Vietnam?

The relation between WTE, taking into account their technical, social, economic, and ecological, regional, and global impacts?


The guests give some in-depth opinion on the wastewater treatment issue

3. A program on Water Technology, Reuse, and Management

As we know, WTE in Germany has a long tradition of water research and water study around the world. Students study some subjects like spatial planning, river basin management, water treatment processes, the economics of infrastructure, and fundamentals of waste technology… then specialization in the areas of Water and Wastewater and River Management. Prof. Dr.-Ing Martin Wagner and Dr. Tran Le Luu explain in detail about why the study programs are to focus on the areas of Water and Wastewater treatment and River Management. Furthermore, is the role of water treatment and management concerning Vietnam and then Asia or the world?

Through the presentation of two program directors, we also learn that, besides teaching, these Water Tech, Reuse, and Management programs focus hugely on the research department. Each year, there are many opportunities to research in the field of academic, public sector, and industries. Dr. Tran Le Luu introduces some of the recent projects on water treatment systems or environmental science, and point out their success, along with the perk of internship and research in Germany for the researcher. There are several scholarship opportunities available at VGU, include Merit scholarship, DAAD Scholarship, WUS scholarship,…Anyone who interests in the subject matter can try to apply for it.

The guests also discuss a little about the importance of the Water Tech Lab and how it will be a benefit to the WTE students in the training and research, and how the laboratories in VGU are playing a massive part in several environmental science projects mentioned above.

In the end, the live stream is a success with a ton of useful information about water treatment and management, how it applies to everyday life, and its focus in the master program offered at VGU. It was VGU’s pleasure to have the assist of two special expert Prof. Dr.-Ing Martin Wagner and Dr. Tran Le Luu. All agree for more lives tream about environmental science matter like this in the future!

For more details about the discussion, you can watch the whole livestream here