Vietnam has joined other nine Asian and seven European countries in an Asia-Europe university education cooperation programme called “Man Health Environment Biodiversity in Asia” (MAHEVA).

A delegation from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) led by Prof. Nguyen Canh Luong and Prof. Ha Manh Thu, the MAHEVA coordinators, paid a working visit to France’s Monpellier city to kick off the project.

Through the exchange of students and managers, the MAHEVA aims to step up cooperation in science and technology, economics, culture and education between Europe and Asia, strengthen high-quality graduate and post-graduate education and conduct joint researches into environmental and social protection.

The project also consolidates multilateral cooperation among European and Asian universities, thus strengthening mutual understanding between nations.

It encourages graduates and post-graduates to study at European laboratories and develop new teaching programmes and applied researches.

Through the Asia-Europe cooperation, partners will have an opportunity to cooperate in such areas as biology, environmental protection and health.

The project also encourages the recognition of equivalent teaching programmes and degrees using the European Train Control System (ETCS) in order to increase occupational opportunities for Asia students and help Asian universities implement tertiary education reforms through the exchange of teaching and researching experiences taken from European universities.

Other MAHEVA participants include Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, India, Sri Lanka, the Phillipines, France, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, Poland and Spain./.