Can Tho University (CTU)

Can Tho University (CTU), an important state higher education institution in the Mekong
Delta (MD) of Vietnam, is the cultural, scientific and technical center of the MD and
Vietnam. Since its founding in 1966, CTU has been improving and developing itself. It
has an enrollment of  about 54.000 undergraduate students; 3.000 students have been
following Master programs; and around 300 students are Ph.D candidates. CTU has got
over 2.000 staff members including nearly 1.200 teaching staff and 800 supporting staff.
From a university with a few fields of study at the beginning, it has developed into a
multidisciplinary university. Currently, it has nearly 100 undergraduates, 36 Master and
15 Doctoral training programs. Every year CTU receives students on internship programs
from the U.S, Belgium, Japan and so on, or under agreements between their universities
and CTU.
CTU’s main missions are training, conducting scientific research, and transferring
technology to serve the regional and national socio-economic development. In addition
to its training responsibilities, CTU has actively taken part in scientific research projects,
applying the advances in scientific and technological knowledge to solving problems
related to science, technology, economics, culture and society in the region. From
achievements in its scientific research and international cooperation projects, the
university has developed a variety of products and technological production processes
that benefit people’s lives and promote export, thus helping the University gain prestige
in national and international markets.
CTU's strategic vision for 2020 is not only to become a top university in Vietnam, but
also to be recognized throughout Asia-Pacific as one of the leaders in education,
research, and development. In order to achieve its goals and to promote its "brand-
name", CTU is striving to expand its international cooperation and recruit more
international students. So far CTU is involved in several EU funded projects.
In terms of knowledge and technology transfers, CTU has a track record of over 60
scientific products and several technological processes which can be commercialized.
Nevertheless, only 30% of these products and processes are actually formally
transferred (with contract). This limitation stems from a lack of sufficiently developed
links with the business and other sectors involved. To counter this obstacle CTU
established a Center for Services and Technology transfer and a business incubator
program.
By participating as a beneficiary in this project, CTU will actively enhance its Knowledge
and Technology Transfer capacities. CTU will contribute to the project’s objectives
through taking up the lead role on work package 3 Development ‘Training of (Future)
European KTT Leaders in Vietnam’ and a supporting role in work package 5 ‘Quality
Plan’.