The Ecoweek 2020 with the topic "Water and energy footprint in tourism" took place at NTU from July 2-6, 2020. The program was within the framework of the project "Replication and integration of innovative approaches of ecological movement into activities of universities in 2018-2020”, which is co-organized by the Center for Community and Environmental Initiatives (C&E) and universities under the sponsorship of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Institute, Southeast Asia Regional Office (RLS).
The Ecoweek 2020 with the topic "Water and Energy Footprint in Tourism" had two main activities: "Eco-space" and "Eco-lecture". The "Eco-space" included projects introduction of teams, groups and social enterprises in the city; as well as seminars with the participation of young people who have had certain success in the field of environment and responses of NTU students. The "Eco-lecture" consisted of training courses, fieldtrips, and project-building skills session for 50 students in three days from 3-5 July, 2020.
During the program, students enthusiastically participated in following activities: eco-consumer fairs and painting exhibitions, forum about ecological challenges, eco-lecture hall, and practical experience on Bich Dam Island and The Moshav Farm, and developing ecological projects.
At the closing ceremony, the organizers awarded the first prize to Anh Duong team for a free English teaching project for residents on Bich Dam Island, the second prize to the Green Farm team with an eco-apartments project, and the third prize to the Green Future team with a project called Butterfly Pea. The organizers also awarded consolation prizes to the remaining teams.
The first prize
The second prize
The third prize
The Ecoweek 2020 was organized to create an useful and attractive playground for young people in Nha Trang city, especially NTU’s students. This was a place where students can exchange, share their knowledge and experience with others, seeking for sustainable development directions associated with future ecological lifestyles for young people.
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In order to raise people’s awareness of hand washing, ensuring personal hygiene to prevent diseases, NTU offered nearly 60 automatic hand sanitizer sprayers that are designed and manufactured by lecturers - students to units and schools in Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen provinces.
Automatic hand sanitizer sprayer is designed and manufactured by lecturers - students of NTU. This device works automatically, when users put their hands under the spout of the machine, the sensor will recognize and activate hand sanitizer liquid to automatically flow out, users do not need to touch anywhere on the machine, thereby helping hand washing process safer, minimizing the possibility of cross infection.
Forming ideas from the end of March 2020 - when the situation of Covid-19 epidemic was complicated, the first automatic hand sanitizer spayer created by lecturers - students of NTU promptly met the needs of hand washing, preventing epidemics in the university. With the desire to share the useful and innovative machine to people, lecturers and students of NTU continued to research, improve functions and the appearance of the machine to make it easy to install, convenient in use and maintenance to offer to receivers.
Previously, NTU also built and offered rice ATM to the Khanh Hoa Red Cross and Khanh Hoa Provincial Youth Union to serve charity rice to people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some images of the installation and offering automatic hand sanitizer dispensers to schools, hopitals:
Please watch this clip to see the whole process of the installation and offering automatic hand sanitizer dispensers
June 4, 2020: NTU received the certificate of quality accreditation from Center for Education Accreditation – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City for two training programs: Seafood Processing Technology and Ship Engineering. These are the two traditional programs of the University from the early time of establishment.
A premilinary evaluation of these two training programs were conducted by the experts on September 5, 2019 and the official evaluation was on September 16-19, 2019. Evaluation activities included: checking documentation, interviewing related groups, surveying infrastructure, observing teaching-learning activities, etc. The two training programs satisfied 92% of criteria, assessed by the accreditation council. Previously, these two training programs were self-assesed by the University based on a system of 11 standards and 60 specific criteria as prescribed by the Ministry of Education and Training.
The implementation of quality accreditation for training programs has been recognized and invested in by NTU, demonstrating the University's responsibility to society, ensuring rights for learners. Participating in quality accreditation also contributes to ensure training quality standards, creating motivation for continuous, systematic improvement of quality. For learners, the quality accreditation for training programs will be a useful base in choosing the appropriate field of study, choosing the right school, and ensuring the quality of learning.
A “zero- Vietnam Dong market” was organized by NTU Youth Union and Students Union in order to support students when they returned to school after Covid-19 break. This free market was sponsored by businesses as well as individuals and departments in the university.
Nha Trang University has just awarded four "Rice ATMs" to organizations in Khanh Hoa province including the People's Committee of Van Ninh district, Khanh Hoa Youth Union and Khanh Hoa Red Cross Association in order to join hands to support those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
These "Rice ATMs" were designed and manufactured by Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Nha Trang University, based on some criteria such as stable operation, quick and accurate delivery of rice, easy to use, maintain and repair. The team manufactured many trial versions to maximize the advantages and overcome the disadvantages before manufacturing the final machine version with high accuracy and usefulness.
The "Rice ATM" size is 1.1x0.6x2m, the empty weight is 75kg. The machine body is made of corrugated iron, its capacity is up to 350kg of rice which can serve 175 times continuously, and will continue to operate when rice is added to the machine. The frame is made of zinc-steel material, ensuring the steadiness and aesthetics. The controller is designed from locally available components, easy to replace and repair as needed. When receiving rice, users need to press the button at the foot, the signal will notify the controller to dispense rice. Rice will be distributed with a weight of about 2kg each time.
When the button is pressed, the machine will measure and deliver about 2kg in a period of 3-10 seconds.
Duration for receiving rice is about 3-10 seconds, which is considered to be quick compared to many machines currently used in other localities. “It can be said that lecturers of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Nha Trang University have created a very useful machine by their creativities. With the quick duration of delivering and getting rice, people don’t have to wait too long; it is also solving the main disadvantage of the current “rice ATM” in other localities. We are very happy and grateful to Nha Trang University for gifting us these machines. We hope that this activity will become more and more widespread”, Mr. Nguyen Khac Duy - Vice Chairman of Khanh Hoa Youth Federation shared.
Earlier, Nha Trang University also made a donation of more than 2 tons of rice to those in need affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Khanh Hoa province. These are community engagement and service activities being actively implemented by the University, with the goal of connecting and accompanying the development of the community.
In order to support the University’s staff members and students to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic, lecturers and students of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Club (under the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) of Nha Trang University manufactured an automatic hand sanitizer dispenser. They have installed it on campus.
This is an initiative of Dr. Nguyen Van Hoa (Director of Center for Experimens and Practices), then implemented by Dr. Bui Thuc Minh (Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) together with his two students: Vo Tai Loc and Dinh Quyet Thanh.
The hand sanitizer dispenser works automatically. When users put their hands into the machine, the sensor will recognize and activate disinfectant water to automatically flow. Users do not need to touch anywhere on the device, thereby making the hand washing process safer, minimizing the possibility of infection. Another advantage of this device is its compact size, especially not using power from the electricity grid, but using a rechargeable battery power. With its high flexibility, the device can be installed in many locations within the University’s campus.
Representatives of the manufacture group
The research ideas initiated from the end of March 2020, when the situation of Covid-19 pandemic happened more complicatedly. After nearly a week, the research group completed to manufacture the device and installed it in the campus where many persons pass by. “The group's desire is to create a safe device for everyone to use, not only during the Covid-19 pandemic but also later, and can be conveniently installed in every home. Moreover, through these activities, students of electrical and electronic engineering in particular and students of engineering majors in general will have the opportunity to do research and create useful products for society. ” - Dr. Bui Thuc Minh shared.
In addition to the automatic hand sanitizer dispenser, the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Club has implemented many models that can be applied into practice such as the Smart home electric control system, CNC engraving machine, Solar power ... On every Saturday at the 1st floor, G1 lecture Building, the Club brings a healthy playground to interact and connect students, thereby assisting students to implement their ideas and develop job skills.
Nha Trang University has just announced the support for lecturers and students to implement teaching and learning online during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a total funding of about VND 8 billion.
This activity is implemented to support lecturers and students of the University, especially students in difficult circumstances, so that both lecturers and students of Nha Trang University will unite to overcome the pandemic.
Accordingly, the University will spend VND 1.2 billion to support all students Internet fees for online learning, VND 5 billion to support students in difficult circumstances due to the Covid-19 epidemic, and VND 1.8 billion to support lecturers to prepare online lectures for all levels and training systems of Nha Trang University.
According to the plan, students who are in extremely difficult circumstances will be get free tuition. Students in difficult circumstances such as their families under preferential treatment policies or their families’ income affected by the pandemic will be considered for a reduction from 10-70% of tuition. In addition, the University is also considering plans to support students whose parents pass away due to the pandemic or their families belonging to groups of long-term quarantine, or those whose parents lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, the University is completing the detailed plan to timely support students.
At present, the University is still implementing the support of VND 57,000/student/day for students who are staying in dormitories during the period of social distancing under the Prime Minister's Directive 16. Besides, NTU is applying free dormitories for students who had registered for dormitories but cannot stay there due to the pandemic.
Implementing the Prime Minister's Directive 16 regarding social distancing, in the afternoon of March 31, 2020, Rector of Nha Trang University issued a Notice No. 199/TB-DHNT on immediately implementing social distancing measures to prevent Covid-19 epidemic. Accordingly, most of officers at units have started to work online at home since April 1, 2020; students continue to take online learning on E-learning system to ensure the schedule of AY 2019-2020.
Besides, social distancing at the dormitories are being seriously implemented by students with the spirit of self-discipline and following the motto of this room isolating from other rooms. To support students living in dorms in the period of social distancing, the University canteen serves meals for students. These meals cost 57,000 VND/day and funded by Nha Trang University. Student Tran Ho My Duyen (58QTKD2 Class) shared, “Yesterday, I received a notice about the quarantine, I was a bit worried, but after reading it carefully, I realized this is a necessary measure to ensure the safety of myself and others. From today, my roommates are seriously in our room, maintain online learning and self-study. I also helped the canteen staffs to prepare the meals for the students in the dorms. We all wear masks and ensure a 2-meter-distance as required. The meals are quite delicious and nutritious for us. I am very grateful to the University for creating the best conditions for us in this period”.
The Vice-Rector – Dr. Tran Doan Hung said: “Coping with the complicated situation of the Covid-19 epidemic, we believe that the strict implementation of social distancing in accordance with the Prime Minister's Directive 16 is essential. With our readiness, after receiving the Prime Minister's Directive 16, NTU immediately applied the plan to close the University, allowed officers, lecturers and students to work, teach and study online; at the same time, closed the dormitories and isolated room by room, joining hands for the safety and health of the community. The University units have quickly coordinated to closely supervise the process of social distancing in the University, on the other hand actively support students by ensuring three meals/day for nearly 200 domestic students and international students staying at the dormitories. We also hope that with the awareness and spirit for the community of our staff members and students in particular and the whole society in general, we will strictly implement strong measures of the authorities and guidances and instructions of the ministries, then we will soon stop this epidemic.”
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Facing the complicated situation of Covid-19 epidemic, Nha Trang University is deploying to use E-learning tool in transferring lectures to students during the break time.
Accordingly, the University has conducted notices and instructed lecturers to transmit the content of lectures and study guides to students by E-learning system (https://elearning.ntu.edu.vn /). NTU has also supported lecturers to use projectors, TVs, chalkboards and camcorders to film lectures, as well as organized E-learning training for lecturers in need. By February 21, 2020, there were nearly 300 new courses created on the E-learning system with about 5,200 students enrolled.
The application of E-learning system will help students early access the contents and requirements of the subjects, thereby enabling them to equip themselves with knowledge in the break. It will help students easily access lectures when being back to school. “With the current complicated situation of the epidemic, students cannot to go to school to study, the deployment of E-learning system is the most effective way to help students easily access knowledge.” - Dr. Dinh Dong Luong, Director of Quality Assurance & Testing Department said.
E-Learning is an online learning method that uses the Internet connection to serve learning, access learning materials, and exchange between students and lecturers without face-to-face meeting. With E–Learning, learners can interact not only with each other but also with the online training system. Nha Trang University has been developing E-learning system since 2016.
In the Cooperative Framework Agreement between Nha Trang University (NTU) and National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), the two universities have agreed to co-organize the 4th Vietnam - Taiwan International Conference on Advanced Mariculture Technology.