International internship at Nha Trang University: an example of MI interns

International cooperation expanding is always one of the development strategies of Nha Trang University (NTU). Until now, NTU has established relationships with around 100 international organizations, universities and institutes in the region and the world and got some remarkable achievements. One of the achievements is the cooperation with Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MI), Canada.

NTU and MI started to set up cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on October 31, 2016. During four years, MI has sent three groups of students (total nine exchange students) to NTU for internship for six months. Most of these interns major in Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management).

During six months at Nha Trang University, these interns had many opportunities to study, do research, and experience practical life. They not only participated in some classes about Hatchery techniques for seed production, Fisheries management, Natural resources assessment, Climate change and fisheries, and Vietnamese culture but also took site visits to Oceanography, hatchery farm (ARSS Co., Ltd.), Institute for Marine Science and Fishing Technology (NTU), and some historical places in the locality.

Beside to theory hours in class, interns did experiments to conduct research projects at laboratories under the supervision of lecturers of Institute for Aquaculture of NTU. As a result, some of them had their research papers published on aquaculture Asia, including Improving livelihoods and increasing coastal resilience: A look at integrated mangrove-shrimp aquaculture in Vietnam (https://enaca.org/?id=1068), Impacts of climate change on aquaculture in Vietnam: a review of local knowledge (https://enaca.org/?id=1089), and Hatchery Techniques for the Seed Production of Short-Necked Clams (Paphia undulata) in Nha Trang, Vietnam (https://enaca.org/?id=1107). This is an encouraging result for the efforts of interns and lecturers of Institute for Aquaculture, NTU.

MI interns also actively participated in many other social activities such as supporting English Club of NTU, English classes for poor students, or organizing some outdoor activities like climate change awareness and environment protection, etc.

The cooperation between NTU and MI promises to continue to develop in the coming time, not only in student exchange aspect but also in research and training.

 

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