Can Tho University

Partner No 8: College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University (CTU), Vietnam.

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Can Tho University (CTU) was founded in 1966 and is a multidisciplinary university and one of 12 score universities in Vietnam. The main missions of CTU are providing training programs for all levels including bachelor, master and doctor; conducting researches and transferring technology to serve the Mekong delta economic development. After 40 years of development, CTU has been recognized as one of leading universities in Vietnam, especially in the fields of agriculture and aquaculture/fisheries. CTU has 10 schools and colleges, over 1,500 teaching and supporting staff members and 30,000 students.

The College of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CAF) is one of 10 schools/colleges of CTU and was found in 1976. It has 45 permanent staff and 65 project based staff (of which 19 hold PhD and 20 are following PhD programs), and has been involved in education, research and technology transfer to serve the development of aquaculture and fisheries, especially for the Southern part of Vietnam. CAF’s research has been focusing on reproduction, nutrition, physiology, diseases, farming practices of high economical value species, especially indigenous species such as catfishes (Pangasius bocourti and Pangasianodon hypophthalmus), mud crab (Scylla spp.), marine shrimp (Penaeus monodon), and the giant freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii). CAF has just recently been up-grading its bio-technology, physiology, nutrition, pathology and food safety laboratories. During the last five years, CAF has conducted more than 70 different sized research projects, of which 15 have been internationally funded. CAF has implemented 5 INCO-DEV (EC) projects, of which 2 projects are completed, 2 projects now at completion phase and 1 project started.

Main tasks attributed:

  • CU will involve in the all 12 work packages, and will be responsible for all related works to be conducted in Viet Nam.

Key Personnel

Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phuong: is one of lead staff at CAF. He has been involved in education and research for over 20 years. His research has focused mainly on the fields of crustacean seed production and farming systems and aquatic animal nutrition. He has been leading a number of national and international research projects; during the past 5 years, he has focused his research on seed production and the culture of the tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) and the giant freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) and catfish nutrition and feeds. He has considerable experience in leading international research projects.  
Dr. Tran Ngoc Hai: obtained his PhD on integrated coastal zone management at Asian Institute of technology (AIT) in Thailand. Dr. Hai has involved in teaching and research at CAF for 13 years. He specializes in prawn and shrimp farming systems and coastal zone management. He also has strong experiences in larval rearing of tiger shrimp and giant freshwater prawn. Dr. Hai has been involved in and coordinated several research projects funded by international and local organizations.  
Dr. Pham Thanh Liem: Dr. Pham Thanh Liem obtained his PhD in Malaysia on the field of fish breeding and genetics. Dr. Liem has involved in teaching and doing research at CAF for more than 10 years. He has more than 5 years working with catfish breeding and culture. He has involved and coordinated 4 projects funded by local authorities. Dr. Liem’s experiences are very relevant to –do research on catfish.  
Dr. Vu Ngoc Ut: obtained his PhD in United Kingdom. Dr. Ut has involved in research and teaching on aquatic ecology and environment for more than 8 years. He has participated in one INCO-dev project on mud crab. Dr. Ut would be suitable for activities on aquatic environment.
Mr. Vuong Thanh Tung: is a permanent staff member of CAF. He obtained Master degree on Biotechnology in Can Tho University. He has experience in food safety analysis and is food safety laboratory of CAF. Mr. Tung is a good Ph.D candidate under this project.
Mr. Tran Van Viet: obtained Msc. degree on Integrated coastal zone management in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand. He has experience in shrimp farming. Mr. Viet will be hired full time for the project and also could be a PhD candidate under the project.
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