Sustainable Forest-and Bio-Economy project launched in Hanoi

Overview of the launching ceremony for the project

The event saw the participation of representatives from EU delegation to Vietnam, embassies of partner countries and Vietnamese agencies.

In his opening speech, Vice Rector of VNU University of Science – Assoc. Prof. Sc. Dr. Vu Hoang Linh said the Erasmus Plus project promotes ecological and economical sustainability in the bio-economy sector at the interface of academic concepts, offered graduate programs and required skills and professional expertise.

He noted that it will support such value creation in the Bio-Economy sector as it equips universities and future graduates with the required skills, methodologies and innovation.

The project addresses the level of academic, methodology and institutional skills among all universities through the design and development of a new graduate blended or e-learning programme.

It also offers an opportunity to the lecturers and teaching staff as well as the current students to acquire knowledge and skills, on top of their regular curricula, in an international learning environment.

On the occasion,VNU-HUS representatives and foreign partners signed a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) regarding the implementation of the project.

The (BioEcoNet) project, under Eramus+ programme, which covers biobased economy, bioeconomy or biotechonomy, refers to all economic activity derived from scientific and research activity focused on biotechnology.

The term is widely used by regional development agencies, international organizations, biotechnology companies. It is closely linked to the evolution of the biotechnology industry.

The ability to study, understand and manipulate genetic material has been possible due to scientific breakthroughs and technological progress.

The evolution of the biotechnology industry and its application to agriculture, health, chemical or energy industries is a classic example of bioeconomic activity

In times of resource scarcity, a bio-economy based on renewable resources like forest products seems to be the solution to increasing consumption of materials and energy. Bio-Economy in itself cannot be considered as self-evidently sustainable. Viewing value creation in the Bio-Economy sector through the lens of sustainable forestry requires a multidisciplinary approach.

The economic demands need to be properly balanced, and targets have to be tackled simultaneously by young academics and next generation experts.

In Europe and in Vietnam, no multidisciplinary M.Sc. programme exists, focusing on the combination of sustainable forestry and Bio-Economy at an international level in spite of the long tradition of higher education for sustainable forest economy or forest management.

Universities face the challenge of producing ‘fit-for-job’ graduates in response to innovative and multidisciplinary sectors and technologies such as Bio-Economy, biomass-production, and environmental planning or nature and biodiversity conservation.

From this perspective, the Erasmus+ project named “European-Vietnamese Higher Education Network for Sustainable Forest- and Bio-Economy“ has been funded for three years from the end of 2017. This is one of several Erasmus+ projects running by VNU University of science.

This is a joint project co-hosted by VNU University of Science, Eberswalder University of Sustainable development from Germany, University of Valladolid from Spain, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences from Finland, Vietnam National University of Forestry and Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry.

Also at the opening ceremony, an official link of the project was launched at

For more information about the project, plz contact project coordinator: Vu Van Manh, Assoc.Prof.Dr.Eng. Erasmus+ Office Faculty of Environmental Sciences Vietnam National University – VNU University of Science 334 Nguyen Trai street, Thanh Xuan district, Hanoi city, Vietnam Tel/Fax: +84 24 35583305/35582872 Cell: +84 (0) 903 454 363.