Project ensures sustainable food value chain in Southeast Asia hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source; VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) on October 18 convened the fourth meeting of the NutriSEA project management board under the Erasmus capacity building in higher education programme. 

The event attracted representatives from universities in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam which are the project’s partners and several food enterprises.

Speaking at the event, HUST Vice Rector Dr. Huynh Quyet Thang said the project has improved the capacity of lecturers and students via new approaches taught at short-term courses in countries which have strengths in the food industry such as Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Hungary.

Coordinated by Ghent University of Belgium and Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) of Cambodia, the project is known as the Network of Universities and Enterprises for Food Training in Southeast Asia (NutriSEA).

It runs from October 2015 to October 2018 with the participation of 14 member European and Southeast Asian universities, including HUST and Hue University of Vietnam.

Its long-term goal is to ensure a sustainable food value chain by increasing added value to natural food materials in Southeast Asia and set up a regional food network with stakeholders such as businesses and universities.

With nine components, the project seeks to renovate tertiary and post-tertiary food education in six partner universities in Southeast Asia, including the RUA and Chea Sim Kamchaymear University of Cambodia, Yangon University and Yezin University of Agriculture of Myanmar, HUST and Hue University of Vietnam.

On this occasion, HUST also plans to hold a seminar on food quality and safety management on October 20, with an aim of increasing inter-sectoral cooperation between partner universities and businesses at home and abroad.

With more than 150 scientists, lecturers and corporate representatives, the event will discuss food quality and safety management system, risks to food safety, food production and consumption chain, among others.-VNA