On November 1, 2022, Assoc.Prof. Pham Duy Hoa, Rector of Hanoi University of Civil Engineering (HUCE), together with Prof. Phan Quang Minh, Former Vice Rector; Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Hoang Giang, Vice Rector; Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong, and JST-JICA Project Secretary (International Cooperation Department of HUCE) paid a courtesy call to President Takafumi Sakai of Saitama University (SU). HUCE and SU concluded an academic exchange agreement in 2006 and have continued research-based exchanges. In 2017, the research project led by Prof. Ken Kawamoto of Graduate of Science and Engineering and, Frontier Science and Technology in Sound Material-Cycle Society and Zero Emission Research Area, Strategic Research Area, Research and Development Bureau, SU was adopted by the JST-JICA Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program. The two universities have been working together on the promotion of construction waste management and recycling in Vietnam.
In addition to Prof. Kawamoto; Prof. Hideki Kurokawa, Executive Director (Research and Industry-Government-University Collaboration) and Prof. Tetsuo Konaka, the Research Promotion Office, the Research and Development Bureau, participated in the meeting. Rector Pham Duy Hoa expressed his gratitude for their research achievements under SATREPS. Vice Rector Nguyen Hoang Giang is a graduate of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, SU, so the exchange of opinions was very active in a friendly atmosphere. Further exchanges between the two universities are expected in the future.
【The background to the SATREPS project in Vietnam】
In 2006, SU and HUCE concluded the Inter- University Agreement, and have conducted numerous research and student exchanges. The two universities have been mutually sending and receiving master’s degree students through the Student Exchange Support Program of JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) since 2011 and started a joint master’s course education program (Joint Master Program) in 2015. Based on these exchange achievements, in 2018, we launched the research project “Establishment of Environmentally Sound Management of Construction and Demolition Waste and Its Wise Utilization for Environmental Pollution Control and for New Recycled Construction Materials in Vietnam” as part of the JST-JICA Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program.