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NutriSEA (2015 - 2018): University of Agriculture and Forestry, Hue University opened a new undergraduate course in Food Safety

From 2015-2018, Hue University has implemented NutriSEA project and reaped considerable results with the aim to build human resource capacity to ensure a sustainable food value chain model based on entrepreneurship and creating added value to the natural resources supporting food production in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar), to enhance university- enterprise cooperation as well as regional and (inter)national cooperation and networking.

Vice-President Huynh Van Chuong (second from the right) attended NutriSEA Steering Committee Meeting on 27 September 2018 and Final Conference at Phnom penh in September 2018.


The specific objectives are to reform curricula related to food production at BA/MA level at the 6 partner universities, in line with the new regional developments and the locally developed evidence-based market demands by 2018. There will also be a strong focus on teaching methodologies, including the use of ICT, and enterprises will be actively involved in defining Learning Outcomes and offering internships; to set-up or reinforce Technology Transfer Units at the partner universities which focus on university-enterprise cooperation and innovation. The aim is to set up a regional food network with all relevant stakeholders (universities, enterprises, authorities) by the end of the project


At present, Hue University has completed the opening procedure of a new program and the first enrollment of the Bachelor program in Food Safety at University of Agriculture and Forestry, Hue University. Also within the framework of the project, Hue University has updated the content and training methods of the Master's program in Food Technology.


In addition to the development of training programs, the project has assisted Hue University in re-training faculty to improve their language competence, research skills, soft skills and teaching methods, general management knowledge with focus on food industry with topics such as start-up, improving efficiency, quality management; fostering staff in charge of intellectual property and technology transfer, start-ups; developing international cooperation strategies, exchange management, management of international cooperation units, project management, etc.


Project activities:




YEAR 1 - 2016


Analysis of existing curricula, development of new curricula

Set up QA board and draft quality plan

Selection of topics and staff for trainings

Training workshop in Hue (WP3) and Phnom Penh (WP4/5)

Identification of equipment and start procurement

Establishment/reinforcement of Tech Transfer units

Project meeting Hue => November 2016 (Weeks 14-18)

Project publications, website, project reports


YEAR 2 - 2017:


Development of new curricula

Study visit at EU partners

Dissemination event + project meeting Yangon

Tech Transfer workshops 

Local training by local trainers

Project reports

Project meeting in Yezin



YEAR 3 - 2018:


Implementation and evaluation of new curricula

Local training by local trainers

Student mobility to EU (2 months)

Dissemination event + project meeting Hanoi

Tech Transfer workshops

Project reports

Accreditation of curricula

Final conference in Siem Reap


Work Packages:


WP1 Analysis (Done)



1.1 SWOT-analysis of existing curricula in food/beverages /functional ingredients 

1.2 Review of the existing learning modules at the EU universities

1.3 Identification of topics (skills needed) for the training programme

1.4 Selection of 18 trainers: Regional Food Training Team 


WP2 Curriculum development (Done)


2.1 Development of new curricula and learning modules (Update the content and training methods of the Master's program in Food Technology and Open new Bachelor program in Food Safety at University of Agriculture and Forestry, Hue University)

2.2 Purchase of equipment

2.3 Implementation and evaluation of the new curricula at the partner universities

2.4 Accreditation of the new curricula by the Ministry(ies) concerned


WP3 Train the trainers (Done)


3.1 Train the Trainers workshop (at Hue University from 14-18/11/2016)


3.2 Study visit at the 5 EU partner universities – 2 weeks (Hue University sent 6 staff)

3.3 Local trainings by the 18 trainers- 1 week at Hue University:


- Training: September 2017 on outcome criteria


- Internationalization: November 2017


- Food Safety: June and November 2017


- Entrepreneurship: November 2017


- Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property: October 2017   


WP4 Technology Transfer & Valorisation (Done)



4.1 Establishment/reinforcement of TT offices at the partner universities

4.2 Selection of 10 TT officers

4.3 Training of 10 TT officers: developing entrepreneurship, and adoption of basic technology and know-how transfer skills

4.4 Study visit at EU partner universities: Identification of good practices in EU countries (Done)

4.5 Identification of relevant local stakeholders in food/beverages/functional ingredients 

4.6 Organisation of TT workshops


WP5 Internationalisation (Done)


5.1 Regional workshop on internationalisation (done from 14-18/11/2016)

5.2 Study visit at EU partner universities: 2 weeks (Hue University sent 6 officers)

5.3 Student mobility to EU (2 students sent to Portugal and France)


WP6 Quality (Done) (CBHU, U.Porto, YEZIN and HUE + 2 External Members


6.1. Set-up of a Quality Assurance Board

6.2. Project Quality Plan - Evaluation and monitoring project quality: CBHU and UPorto

6.3 Academic Quality Plan (Evaluation of the training program in Food Technology): UPorto

6.4 Feedback on activities


WP7 Dissemination/Exploitation – HUST


7.1 Project website

7.2 Project publications

7.3 Three national dissemination events

7.4 Final conference


WP8 Management – UGent + RUA


8.1 Project meetings

8.2 Financial and administrative management

8.3 Project reports 

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