Within the framework of cooperation between An Giang University and the Australian National University, the Center for Research and Rural Development, An Giang University, organized a practical research program from January 9 to January 22, 2020, to learn about Culture and Environment - "4th Vietnam Field School, 2019" for 25 students of the Australian National University.
The Vietnam Field School program has been implemented at An Giang University since 2016. The message of the program is cultural exchange, learning and sharing about life experiences, practical interactions with environmental and social issues among students of An Giang University and the Australian National University.
As for participants in the Program, the Australian National University delegation has Prof. Cunningham Saul Alan (Director of the Fenner Department of Environment & Society) and two lecturers, Fingleton-Smith Edwina Sophia and Lord Matthew John. At the reception, Assoc. Prof. Vo Van Thang (Rector of AGU) expressed his pleasure to welcome and share about the practice and research experience of lecturers at the University.
Also at the reception, the Australian National University students listened to presentations on "The process and achievements, especially the collaborative studies of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development in recent years" presented by Mr. Le Thanh Phong, M.A. - Deputy Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development; on the Mekong Delta, An Giang and the four ethnic cultures of An Giang province by Dr. Huynh Thanh Tien - Director of Resource Center for Community Development; on Safe vegetables in Long Xuyen City by Matt Armstrong - an Australian National University student, who is doing the undergraduate thesis at AGU.
During the program, the delegation was studying on the floating rice conservation model implemented by the Center for Research and Rural Development in Vinh Phuoc commune, Tri Ton district; studying on conservation of wetland ecosystems and biodiversity of flora and fauna in Tra Su Eucalyptus Forest and Nui Cam Forest. In particular, the delegation visited the rice milling process of Loc Troi Group in Vong Dong commune, Dinh Thanh Agricultural Research Center, Thoai Son district; explor the connection between farmers, entrepreneurs and traditional rice processing industries in accordance with the local modern process. At the same time, the Australian National University delegation also had the opportunity to experience and learn more about the palm sugar production village of the Khmer ethnic group in Tinh Bien district and the Southern aquacultures through a visit to a floating market in Long Xuyen City.
The Australian National University students were also able to exchange cultures and learned about the life of An Giang people through arts activities with students of An Giang University; experienced the Homestay tourism model in My Hoa Hung village as well as learned about tourism in Tiger isle.
Huynh Cam - An Giang University Library
Translated by Le Do Thai