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Vietnamese-German University – SUD master program

By on August 25, 2016
Vietnamese-German University

Contact name and title
Dr. Pham Thai Son


Title of activity
Senior Lecturer cum Academic Coordinator – SUD master program

Description of activity
The Sustainable Urban Development master program proactively contribute to the sustainable development of Ho Chi Minh City by carrying out research projects in close partnership with technical departments of the city.

Firstly, we signed an MOU with Department of Urban Planning and Architecture and have participated in several joint-events. In the upcoming times, we will jointly carry out researches on urban density, transit-oriented development and urban regeneration. The findings from these projects will be important inputs for adjusted master plan of the city.

Secondly, we are conducting a consultancy project with Department of Construction as the client. Within the scope of project, we develop the Development Master Plan for Real Estate Market of Ho Chi Minh City with a vision towards 2030. Findings from this project lead to important policy implications not only for the governance of city property market but also for the consideration of the related governmental ministries. Significant policy changes have been recommended.

Thirdly, we have some other activities in partnership with the World Bank in Vietnam, Ministry of Construction to share our knowledge and expertise for the sustainable development of Vietnamese cities.

Finally, our teaching activities at master level focusing on practical issues with a comprehensive approach will result in a new generation of urban experts that will contribute to the development of Vietnamese cities in the near future.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums

11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

Main themes of this activity
Slum Upgrading
Planning and Design

Changes that took place as a result of this activity
The most significant change is that we could already convince management authorities of Ho Chi Minh City that urban policies for management purpose should be based on evidences from research projects, and academic institutions like Vietnamese-German University can contribute to the understanding and then development of the city.

An immediate change is that our master students have changed their mind and approaches to understand and tackle urban development issues.

How the impact of the activity was measured
Because of the nature of our activities, the contribution of our team to sustainable urban development will have long-term impact, but not immediate outcomes.

Currently we define the impact of our activity by the increasing contacts and sharing with urban authorities. In the next five years, the impacts are hopefully defined by the application of our research finding and relevant practical recommendations to the management and development of the city.

Links related to the activity
  • http://www.vgu.edu.vn/studies/master/sud/
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